Texas Stars recall Zach Kamrass from ECHL

With three games in three nights the Texas Stars have recalled defenseman Zach Kamrass from the Idaho Steelheads.

Stephen Johns is still out with a lower-body injury while Stars coach Derek Laxdal said the team has other “bumps and bruises” that need to be sorted out.

Kamrass is on an AHL contract with Texas, but didn’t appear in training camp with Texas. He has 16 points in 37 games with Idaho.

Here is the official release:

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Thursday they have recalled rookie defenseman Zack Kamrass from their ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.

Kamrass, 25, is on his first career AHL call-up after appearing in 37 games this season for Idaho with 16 points (3-13=16). The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Atlanta, Ga. is currently in his first full professional season after finishing a four-year career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (NCAA) from 2011-2015. Kamrass (KAM-rihs) appeared in 147 career collegiate games and scored 64 points (13-51=64) over the four-year stretch.

The Stars begin a three-game road trip on Friday in Bakersfield at 9 p.m. CST.

Texas Stars sign Zach Kamrass and Cam Braes to AHL contracts

LOWELL, MA - OCTOBER 5: NCAA hockey at the Tsongas Center on October 10, 2014 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Boston College Eagles versus Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks (Photo by Richard T Gagnon)

LOWELL, MA – OCTOBER 5: NCAA hockey at the Tsongas Center on October 10, 2014 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Boston College Eagles versus Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks (Photo by Richard T Gagnon)

The Texas Stars agreed to terms on standard American Hockey League contracts with defenseman Zach Kamrass and forward Cam Braes for the 2015-16 season.

Kamrass made his professional debut late last season with the Idaho Steelheads and appeared in 12 games with Texas’ ECHL-affiliate. Before signing with Idaho he completed a four-year collegiate career at University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

The scouting report on the 5-foot-11, 189-pound defenseman is he moves the puck well and has some offensive spark. He was on Idaho’s top power play-unit last season and could fill the role held by William Wrenn last season — a depth AHL defenseman, who would get top-pairing minutes in the ECHL.

Braes recently finished a three-year collegiate career at the University of New Brunswick. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound center had 69 points in 82 games during that span.

Cameron Braes.

Cameron Braes.

Braes was a point-per-game scorer his final two seasons in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Moose Jaw Warriors. He’ll likely spend most of the 2015-16 season in Idaho due to organizational depth, but could make a Derek Hulak-type impression as a collegiate free agent and make the AHL roster.