Radek Faksa has been recalled by the Dallas Stars, the NHL club announced Friday.
Faksa fills a void left by Curtis McKenzie, who has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Just talked to Jim Nill. Curtis McKenzie is on crutches and will fly home. Lower body injury. He'll go on IR. No word on call-up yet.
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) October 16, 2015
Travis Moen may also be out with an undisclosed injury, meaning Faksa could make his NHL debut Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
The former first-round pick was arguably Texas’ best player in a 5-4 victory against the San Antonio Rampage last week. He scored a pair of goals and won 11 of 20 face-offs, most of which where taken in the defensive zone.
It was Faksa’s first game in almost 10 months after season-ending shoulder surgery last January, and he didn’t shy away from competition.
With McKenzie and Faksa’s departure, Matej Stransky and Cory Kane will likely make their season debut tonight against the Chicago Wolves after being healthy scratches last week.
Here is the official release:
FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has recalled forward Radek Faksa from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Faksa, 21, has registered two goals (2-0=2) and a +1 plus/minus rating in one game with Texas this season. The forward has tallied 16 points (7-9=16) and 18 penalty minutes in 41 career AHL regular-season games with Texas. Faksa has also appeared in 21 career postseason games with Texas, posting four goals (4-0=4) during Texas’ 2014 Calder Cup championship run.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Vitkov, Czech Republic was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (13th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Dallas has also placed forward Curtis McKenzie on Injured Reserve with a lower body injury.