Radek Faksa assigned to the Texas Stars

Here is the official release:

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has reassigned forward Radek Faksa to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Faksa, 21, appeared in 14 games for Dallas, including his NHL debut on Oct. 17 at Florida. He registered two points (1-1=2) in his time with Dallas, scoring his first career NHL goal on Nov. 6 at Carolina. Prior to his recall, he registered two goals (2-0=2) and a +1 plus/minus rating in one game with Texas.
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.

Texas Stars Mailbag: Looking at Jack Campbell’s first game and AHL suspensions

Welcome to another edition of the Texas Stars Mailbag, which now features a more visual element.

Thanks to @chillyw’s suggestion on Twitter, we’re adding a weekly film study. This week we’ll look at the three goals Jack Campbell allowed in his season debut on Wednesday.

Goal 1: Joey Hishon, 4:20 of the first period.

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This goal happens because Campbell is already set in a butterfly before the shot comes. He’s playing the percentages and taking away the bottom of the net in case Andrew Agozzino fires this shot from the grouping by the face-off dot.

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Here Agozzino fires the shot and Campbell has already set his weight on his left pad. His foot isn’t on the ice and he doesn’t have the ability to push across in case of a deflection.

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The deflection happens and Campbell has to scramble to his right, but Hishon has ample time to put the puck in the net.

Goal 2: Andrew Agozzino, 0:24 third period.

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This goal starts when Agozzino is able to sneak down the left side uncovered. The puck carrier Maxim Noreau is blatantly looking to pass, which should send a message to Stephen Johns and Esa Lindell to take away the cross-ice pass.

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The defensemen fail to take away the pass here. That’s a combination of being slightly out of position and Johns simply missing the puck when he reached to poke away the pass.

This goal isn’t Campbell’s fault, but he is already in a butterfly and is reacting like Noreau was going to shoot. That puts him in a bad position when the pass reaches Agozzino.

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Since Campbell was already down, he wasn’t able to effectively push across. It would have been a difficult save either way, but had he stayed up during the pass he could have slid across and made the save.

Goal 3: Nikita Zadarov, 4:22 third period

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Campbell is doing the right thing in this situation. You can see him looking around the screen on the top of the crease and has to find his vision through a maize of bodies, it doesn’t help that a pair of his defenders go for the shot block and miss.

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Well-placed slap shot by Zadarov through traffic, Campbell doesn’t have much of a chance here. Correct thought by players laying out to block the shot, but when you miss on the shot block, it can screen the goalie.

Overall, Campbell will likely want the first goal back and could have made a better play on the second even though it wasn’t his fault.

It was a good start for Campell in the 6-3 victory. It will be interesting to see how he improves this Saturday against the Stockton Heat.

Now, let’s dive into the mailbag:

As someone who makes his living writing, I hate it. I suck at math and every game now requires a calculator to figure out the impact on the standings.

This is what I have figured out though: in order for Texas and San Antonio to take advantage of the extra game, they’ll have to pick up at least 12 of 16 potential points. That roughly equates to a 6-2 record, or some other combination of overtime losses and victories.

As league, the AHL really needs to examine this going forward. If five teams are allowed to play by different standings rules, what’s stopping other teams from asking for other rule exceptions?

Update: 8:29 p.m., Nov. 12, 2015

Certain infractions — notably those for checking to the head and all match penalties — are automatically reviewed by the league.

Teams have 24 hours to submit a request for supplemental discipline. If an incident occurs on a Saturday night, we may not necessarily be informed of a request until Sunday evening. Factor in the time it takes to collect all available video (including angles that may be independent of the AHL Live feed) and then conduct the actual review, and the whole process usually takes a couple of days to complete.

This can lead to somewhat awkward situations. For example, Patrick Bordeleau played this past Sunday against the Chicago Wolves after his boarding incident took place on Saturday.

The tape wasn’t reviewed until Monday and the suspension wasn’t passed down until Tuesday.

Obviously this Tweet came in before the suspension was passed down. And we just talked about the suspension process.

But, let’s break down the merit of the three-game suspension Bordeleau received.

Personally, I would have given him four games, but I’m content with the three-game hiatus.

One week earlier the Milwaukee Admiral’s Vladislav Kamenev was suspended two games for boarding. Using that as a baseline, Bordeleau should have gotten at least two games for the hit on Mattias Backman — which caused a concussion.

The additional game was added for the second hit against Jason Dickinson, which came 16 seconds after his first infraction and during the delayed penalty. I would have given an additional two games for that hit — which was more of an elbow combined with a charge.

Curtis McKenzie will be back in Cedar Park before Radek Faksa. And once McKenzie is healthy I expect him to be immediately assigned back to Texas.

Faksa, on the other hand, has played very well and could force the Stars brass to get creative and keep him on the roster when other injured forwards Travis Moen and Patrick Eaves return.

Jack Campbell is currently on a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars and has to prove he belongs with the organization.

Personally, I’d like to see Campbell succeed — he’s a genuinely good person and real pleasant to interact with.

But, can he prove he’s the future for the Dallas Stars? This season is going to determine that. If Campbell can stay calm, poised and healthy, he has the tools to succeed. But, if he gets lost in his own head or can’t control his approach consistently, it’ll be time to move on.

And, yes, I know I kind of dodged the question. But, I think we’ll have a much clearer answer by the end of the month.

It’s going to be Jack Campbell.

And if it’s not Campbell, that would likely signal the end of his tenure in the Dallas organization.

Patrik Nemeth and Devin Shore join Texas Stars before tilt with San Antonio

Patrik Nemeth has joined the Texas Stars on a conditioning stint. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Patrik Nemeth has joined the Texas Stars on a conditioning stint. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Reinforcements are coming for the Texas Stars before tonight’s game with the San Antonio Rampage.

Devin Shore has been reassigned to Texas after a three-game stint in the NHL, while Patrik Nemeth has been assigned to Texas on a conditioning assignment.

Nemeth’s conditioning assignment can last up to 14 days. Theoretically the Swedish defenseman could play seven games during that time before returning to Dallas just before Thanksgiving.

So far Nemeth has only appeared in two games this season for Dallas as the NHL club has carried eight defenseman. This move could also signal that Jamie Oleksiak could join Texas in the future on a similar conditioning stint.

Devin Shore during the Texas Stars season-opening game against the San Antonio Rampage. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Devin Shore during the Texas Stars season-opening game against the San Antonio Rampage. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Shore only missed two games with Texas while he was in the NHL and he’s still Stars leading scorer with 11 points in nine games.

Here is the official release:

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned forward Devin Shore to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), as well as loaned defenseman Patrik Nemeth there on a conditioning assignment.

Nemeth, 23, has appeared in two games this season for Dallas registering three shots on net. Per terms of his loan, his conditioning assignment can span up to 14 days.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden was selected by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Shore, 21, appeared in his first three career NHL games with Dallas and posted a +2 plus/minus rating. At the time of his recall on Nov. 1, he sat second in the AHL in goals (8) and tied for sixth in points (8-3=11) in nine games played. The rookie was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 18, the AHL’s first week of the season, as he collected five goals and one assist (5-1=6) in three games played, all road victories.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Ajax, Ontario was selected by Dallas in the second round (61st overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Devin Shore’s hot start rewarded with first NHL call-up to Dallas Stars

Devin Shore during Friday's game against the Bakersfield Condors. Shore was called up to the Dallas Stars on Sunday. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Devin Shore during Friday’s game against the Bakersfield Condors. Shore was called up to the Dallas Stars on Sunday. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Devin Shore’s hot start to the season has been rewarded, and the rookie forward was called up by the Dallas Stars on Sunday morning.

Shore has a team-leading 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in nine games with Texas, and he’ll join the NHL club for it’s upcoming road trip.

“We’re excited for him,” Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal said. “That first call-up is exciting … he was so good for us last year in the second half of the season coming in from Maine. And then, of course, he’s had the great start to this season.”

It’s perfect timing for Shore and the Stars. While Dallas plays three games this week, Texas is off after today’s game until Saturday.

Jack Campbell close to making return for Texas Stars

Jack Campbell during Dallas Stars training camp at Cedar Park Center. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Jack Campbell during Dallas Stars training camp at Cedar Park Center. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

CEDAR PARK — Goalie Jack Campbell was practicing during the Texas Stars optional skate on Sunday morning and the former first-round pick is close to making his season debut.

“From what we know right now, updated on Saturday, Jack will be a full-time practice player Tuesday,” Stars coach Derek Laxdal said. “We’ll see how he gets through today, this morning skate. But, he should be be full-time ready to get up and running here Tuesday morning.”

Campbell injured his blocker hand during Dallas Stars training camp and hasn’t officially been assigned to the Texas Stars yet. Once he’s cleared to play, he’ll officially be added to the Texas Stars roster.