Radek Faksa scores game-winning goal in Texas Stars 3-2 victory

Radek Faksa scores a second-period goal against San Jose.

Radek Faksa scores a second-period goal against San Jose.

Here is the official release:

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Texas Stars scored a pair of second period goals 15 seconds apart, and John Muse stopped 33 shots in net to hold the lead, for a 3-2 win on Sunday over the San Jose Barracuda at SAP Center to close out a four-game road trip.

Devin Shore’s franchise record goal-scoring streak came to a halt at six games, but the rookie forward added an assist to extend his point streak to a team-high seven games this season. Radek Faksa and Brendan Ranford scored back-to-back goals in the second to open up a 3-1 lead for the Stars (12-8-0-1). Muse earned his fifth win of the season in net.

Texas returns home on Wednesday to host the Rockford IceHogs at Cedar Park Center at 7:30 p.m. CST.

The Stars opened up the scoring early and awkwardly off a faceoff win in the offensive zone. Curtis McKenzie hustled down a loose puck behind the net, and his no-look centering pass deflected off the skate of Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick for his first goal of the season. Justin Dowling was credited with the assist just 45 seconds into the game.

The Barracuda (7-8-0-3) knotted things up halfway through the second with a goal from Scott Timmins, but the Stars responded with their two quick goals. Faksa forced a turnover at the Texas blue line to create a breakaway run for his fourth of the season at 13:16 and Ranford touched in a loose puck at the right side of the crease after Shore drove the net to create the initial scoring chance at 13:31.

Gus Young pulled San Jose back within one at 15:05 of the second, but the Texas defense would hold up for the remainder of the game to seal the win. Muse stopped 14 shots in the third period to preserve the Texas lead.

The Stars were held scoreless in their only power play chance to bring their power play goal streak to an end at seven games. San Jose went 0-for-3.

Grosenick finished with 25 saves in the loss.

The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and currently in their seventh season at Cedar Park Center. Full season, 24-game and 12-game ticket packages for the 2015-16 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.

Three Stars:

1. Brendan Ranford (TEX)

2. Gus Young (SJ)

3. John Muse (TEX)

Photo Credit: San Jose Barracuda

Shore scores twice, but Texas Stars fall to San Jose on last-minute goal

The Texas Stars and San Jose Barracuda met for the first time. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Mamola)

The Texas Stars and San Jose Barracuda met for the first time. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Mamola)

Devin Shore scored twice and set a franchise record as he extended his goal scoring streak to six games, but the Texas Stars lost to the San Jose Barracuda 5-4.

Julius Bergman scored the game-winner with 48 seconds remaining for San Jose, canceling out Esa Lindell’s game-tying goal a minute earlier.

Shore scored twice in the second period. His first goal made him the first Texas player to score in six straight games. He now leads the AHL with 15 goals.

Maxime Lagace started in goal for Texas in his first game since getting recalled from the ECHL. The rookie goalie stopped 28 of 33 shots.

Matej Stransky scored the only goal of the first period on a break with Just Dowling. The Czech forward beat Troy Grosenick for his fifth goal of the season.

The first period was tame compared to the six-goal middle stanza.

Shore scored twice for Texas, giving his team 2-0 and 3-1 leads, before San Jose charged back and took a 4-3 lead on goals by Nikolay Goldobin and Barclary Goodrow, who scored with 10 seconds left in the period.

Lindell tied the game for Texas with his fifth goal in the past five games, but San Jose countered.

Texas and San Jose will play again tomorrow at 3:15 p.m.




Maxime Lagace recalled by the Texas Stars

Maxime Lagace stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 1-0 loss. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Maxime Lagace stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 1-0 loss. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Here is the official release:

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Thursday the club has recalled goaltender Maxime Lagace from their ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.

Lagace (luh-GAH-say), 22, has appeared in seven games this season for Texas with a 4-3-0 record, a 2.60 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.

During his time in Idaho, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound rookie made six appearances with a 3.24 goals against average and a .891 save percentage.

The Stars continue their four-game swing along the West Coast on Saturday when they visit the San Jose Barracuda at 3:15 p.m. CST.

Texas Stars Mailbag: Dickinson film study, defensive prospects, and thermostats

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

For this week’s mailbag we’re going to start with a film study on Jason Dickinson.

The rookie forward and former first-round pick is currently tied for 11th in rookie scoring with 12 points. Dickinson has eight points in the month of November and has started to unleash some of his creativity on offense.

I went and pulled a couple examples from this past month, you’ll notice on each of the goals Dickinson goes to right areas and finds space in front of the net.

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The first play we’ll look at is Dickinson’s individual effort earlier this month against San Antonio. It’s during 4-on-4, so there is a bit more time and space for a skilled player like Dickinson to take advantage.

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Dickinson splits the defenders and skates in on San Antonio goalie Calvin Pickard. Dickinson has a quick release — which he’s scored with earlier this season — and he fakes the shot on this play and gets Pickard down early.

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With Pickard down, Dickinson easily goes to the backhand and beats the goalie on the left side.

Now we’ll look at an assist, where Dickinson set up Justin Dowling for a goal against Charlotte.

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On this developing 2-on-1 Dickinson has carried the puck into the offensive zone and is in a shooting position. The Checkers defenseman has bought into this and conceded the shot as he drops to take away the pass.

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However, Dickinson waits and doesn’t shoot. He carries the puck in closer to Charlotte goalie Drew MacIntyre and as the goalie commits to Dickinson, and cheats with the poke check, the Stars forward slides a nifty backhand pass to Justin Dowling.

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Dickinson’s play moves MacIntyre out of position and Dowling goes to the backhand and easily scores.

This next play is a sneaky little move I didn’t notice live, and didn’t pick up on until I saw the replay.

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Dickinson has established himself in front of the net and he’s actually being tied up by the Bakersfield defender in front of the net — hence his stick is in the air — on the rebound.

Even though his stick has been disabled, Dickinson uses his right foot to make a pass to Derek Hulak who is charging in for the rebound.

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The pass connects with Hulak, who beats Ben Scrivens over the left pad. If you ever wondered why players kick the soccer ball around before a game, this is why.

Now let’s dive into the mailbag. We’ll start with a question from @stephanyus, who asked me to break down the Dallas defensive prospects on NHL contracts in Texas.

Looking at this as a bit of an open-ended question about the Stars defensemen and their progression toward the NHL, and potential roles they could play in the NHL.

Stephen Johns — Probably the closest “NHL ready” defenseman in the group. If Johns hadn’t been traded to Dallas, he may have competed for a roster spot with the Chicago Blackhawks this season. Johns projects out as a future top-pairing, shutdown defenseman who can play big minutes. If Dallas didn’t have the log jam in the NHL, Johns would probably make his NHL debut this season.

Esa Lindell — Lindell is close to NHL ready and if you look at his numbers, he’s likely going to grab a spot on the AHL all-rookie team this season. Lindell is big, strong and has knack for connecting on stretch passes to spring breakaways. He needs to develop more situational awareness and that should continue to develop with time this season. Lindell projects out as stay-at-home defenseman who can play in all situations.

Julius Honka — Because of his first-round pick status, many fans are hoping to see Honka in the NHL next season. And that’s jumping the gun a little bit. Remember, Honka is still 19 and most players his age are still playing with fellow teenagers. Honka is at least two seasons, the remainder of this season and the following season, from being a legitimate option for Dallas. He’s struggled this year and needs to get stronger in his own zone, where he’s been known to freelance too often. Honka projects out as a top-four defenseman that will get significant power play time in a couple years.

Mattias Backman — Backman has been hard to judge this season. He’s quietly amongst the league leaders with a plus-8 in 12 games, but he also missed time due to a concussion suffered earlier this season. Backman is two or three years away from competing for an NHL roster spot. Backman could translate into a strong second or third-pairing NHL defenseman that’s reliable in his own zone.

Ludwig Bystrom — Bystrom plays like an offensive defenseman, but he doesn’t have the point totals to go with it. Bystrom has some work to do before he really translates into an NHL option for Dallas. He has some raw talent that could develop, but after just 24 games in North America he hasn’t shown me much to indicate he has an NHL future beyond the occasional call-up and fringe role.

For those of you who follow me on twitter, a debate started earlier this week about what temperature to set your thermostat in the winter months.

For the record, in my house it’s set at 63 degrees. The heat only turns on if the temperature drops below 63.

Here are how some others reacted:

We even got Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers to weigh in on the subject.

Let’s end with some Thanksgiving questions:

Probably Curtis McKenzie. Yes, he’s Canadian, but he went the NCAA route and has celebrated the holiday before. He’s also a pretty accomplished cook, so I feel like the spread would be pretty impressive.

I’m responsible for braving the crowds and grabbing last-minute items at the grocery store.

In general, I’m most useful in the kitchen making breakfest food or outside on the back porch grilling.

Nemeth returns from conditioning stint, Campbell called up to Dallas

Patrik Nemeth has completed his conditioning stint with the Texas Stars. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Patrik Nemeth has completed his conditioning stint with the Texas Stars. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Patrik Nemeth and Jack Campbell will be celebrating their Thanksgivings with the Dallas Stars.

Nemeth was recalled from his conditioning stint, while Campbell was called up after Dallas placed Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve.

There is a bit of a mystery surrounding Nemeth’s call-up today, since you would think a 14-day conditioning stint that started on Nov. 11 would have ended on Nov. 24 not on Nov. 25.

However, Dallas officials clarified Thursday that the 14 days of the conditioning assignment start the first full day the player is assigned, even if the player plays that night. The first recognized day of Nemeth’s assignment is the Nov. 12. That’s why he could play last night.

Here is the official release:

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth and goaltender Jack Campbell from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Nemeth, 23, completed his 14-day conditioning assignment in Texas by registering one point (0-1=1) in seven games played. He has appeared in two games this season for Dallas registering three shots on net.

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.

Campbell, 23, began the season on the injured non-roster list after sustaining an injury during the preseason. Since being assigned to Texas on Nov. 7, he appeared in five games with a 2-3-0 record, a 3.97 goals against average and an .877 save percentage. He is coming off a 30-save performance in a 3-1 victory on Nov. 24.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound native of Port Huron, Michigan was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Also, goaltender Kari Lehtonen was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Nov. 24, with an upper body injury.

Shore and Lindell continue scoring streaks as Texas Stars top San Diego

Brendan Ranford celebrates a goal on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of San Diego Gulls)

Brendan Ranford celebrates a goal on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of San Diego Gulls)

Here is the official release:

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Brendan Ranford tallied a three-point night and Devin Shore extended his goal-scoring streak to five games as the Texas Stars shot down the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday night in a 5-3 win at Valley View Casino Center in front of 6,406 in attendance.

It was the second straight win for the Stars (11-7-0-1) on their four-game road trip to the West Coast. Ranford scored a goal and added two assists. Shore finished with a goal and a helper, and his five-game goal-scoring streak ties a franchise record with his second period tally.

The Stars continue their road trip on Saturday at San Jose at 3:15 p.m. CST.

Trailing the Stars, 4-0, entering the third, the Gulls (9-7-0-1) made a strong push scoring three goals in just over seven minutes to start the period. Mike Sgarbossa put the Gulls on the board at 2:47. Joseph Cramarossa added another just over a minute later and Brandon Montour made it a 4-3 score at 7:03. With momentum building in favor of the hometown Gulls, Stars captain Travis Morin let the air out of the building at 9:53 of the third with a backhand effort from the slot for his fifth of the season.

Texas opened up the scoring at 7:03 of the first with Esa Lindell scoring his fourth of the season after driving the net through the right circle. The tally also made it six straight games for the Stars with a power play goal. With three minutes left in the frame, Ranford blocked a shot to spring himself on a breakaway chance and converted the backhand shot for his fifth of the season to make it 2-0, Texas.

Midway through period two Ranford fed a loose puck to the front of the net that was forced in by Shore to make it 3-0 and giving the rookie forward 13 goals on the year to lead the AHL. 32 seconds later, Justin Dowling opened up a 4-0 lead on a loose puck in the goal crease for his sixth of the season.

Wednesday’s game featured a matchup of the AHL’s two top-scoring rookies in Shore and Montour. With his two points in the game, Shore overtook the San Diego defenseman for the rookie scoring lead with 20 points on the season. Montour sits at 19.

Jack Campbell earned his second straight win in a 17-save performance. Matt Hackett took the loss for the Gulls going 30 of 35.

Finding Nemo: Stuck in the press box, Nemeth searching for NHL opportunity

(Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

(Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

It’s been 526 days since Patrik Nemeth scored the biggest goal of his career.

Just under 18 months ago, the Swedish defenseman charged up the ice at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He toe dragged a defender and fired a sizzling backhand shot over Michael Hutchinson’s glove in overtime of Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals.

“Nemeth, nice little move. On the backhand, he scores! He scores! Patrik Nemeth has just won the Calder Cup for the Texas Stars!”

That goal call, by then Texas Stars play-by-play announcer Owen Newkirk, was the last time an announcer called Nemeth’s name and “goal” in the same sentence. And now, 526 days later, the Swede is trying to find his game, and his career, during a trying season.

Nemeth has played just 39 games since hoisting the Calder Cup and only 24 in the NHL.

He played just eight NHL games last season after suffering a bizarre arm laceration on Oct. 18 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Nemeth got tangled up with R.J. Umberger in front of the Philadelphia bench and a skate came up and cut Nemeth’s wrist.

“Right away you knew it was a cut,” Nemeth said. “It was hurting a little bit.”

The original prognosis was supposed to keep Nemeth out for the remainder of the season, potentially the playoffs as well. But Nemeth wanted to skate again that season. He worked his way back and joined the Texas Stars in late February and on March 3, he returned to the Dallas lineup less than six months after the fateful 23-second shift against Philadelphia.

“It’s something you learn from,” Nemeth said. “It’s not the way you want to learn. But, you can always get something from that.”

Nemeth started wearing cut-proof material under his equipment, which stretched from his neck to his ankles. He also wears extra padded skates – courtesy of a broken foot earlier in his career – and he’s committed to doing everything in his power to not get hurt again.

He was able to play 17 games with Dallas before the regular season ended, but he still didn’t feel like himself – he was healthy, but not “game healthy.” He tried to extend his season by playing with the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup playoffs, but that only lasted three games as the Rockford IceHogs pulled off a three-game sweep.

And during that time other players’ growth and numbers started to put a noose around Nemeth’s chances for the 2015-16 season.

John Klingberg was a healthy scratch in the game Nemeth got hurt. Today, he’s a contender for the James Norris Memorial Trophy given to the NHL’s best defenseman.

Jyrki Jokipakka seized opportunity and moved ahead of Nemeth on the depth chart, while Jordie Benn has showed no interest in losing his spot in the lineup.

The result? Nemeth played just two of Dallas’ first 14 games and he spent inordinate amount of time in the press box watching hockey as a healthy scratch.

“You can’t really expect them to change much when the team is winning like they are,” Nemeth said. “It’s tough, it really is. I need to be playing hockey. If it continues like this I’ll have wasted basically two years of my career.”

That’s why Nemeth asked Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill for a conditioning assignment to the Texas Stars, which ended after eight games on Tuesday night.

In those eight games Nemeth played big minutes and in key situations, he also had an assist and was plus-1. But he was frustrated at times as he adjusted to game speed.

Patrik Nemeth has completed his eight-game conditioning stint with the Texas Stars. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Patrik Nemeth has completed his eight-game conditioning stint with the Texas Stars. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

“He’s a big strong man, a real shutdown defenseman,” Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal said last week. “He’s an NHL player and you can see that. He’s kept getting stronger and finding his game (during the conditioning stint).”

It was the only loophole the Stars could find to get Nemeth into a game. Since he’s no longer waiver exempt, Dallas would have to risk losing the big Swede on a waiver claim in order for a full AHL assignment.

Essentially he’s trapped in professional purgatory. He’s not knocking on the door to the NHL, he’s already entered the building. But he’s too valuable to risk losing on waivers, but not valuable enough to get in the lineup.

“It sucks,” Nemeth said. “You want to be in a situation where you can play and contribute and get better. I needed this time here (in the AHL), and luckily we found a way to do it.”

And while he was gone, Nemeth’s problems’ may have worsened. Jamie Oleksiak, the other spare part in Dallas’ defensive logjam, may have gained an edge in the race for playing time and endeared himself to teammates and fans after a strong game and highlight-reel fight earlier this week.

So, where does that leave Nemeth and how does he get on the ice with Dallas?

He’s a good teammate and isn’t bitter. He repeated multiple times that Nill and Dallas coach Lindy Ruff have treated him fairly, and he understands the unfortunate numbers game.

But that doesn’t mean he’ll be happy watching the rest of this season from the press box.

“You have to play to get better, that’s it,” Nemeth said. “I can practice all the time. But you can’t really become a better NHL player without playing NHL games.”

Wrong Side of The Red Line Live: Gemel Smith and the time he ran out of gas on his way to the rink

Gemel Smith celebrates a goal against the Stockton Heat earlier this season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Gemel Smith celebrates a goal against the Stockton Heat earlier this season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

I sat down with Texas Stars forward Gemel Smith for the fifth episode of Wrong Side of the Red Line Live. We talked about how he learned to cook (thank Derek Hulak), those hoverboards that have been growing in popularity, and how he ran out of gas on the way to the rink on the day of the interview.

You can listen below, you can also follow the link to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Shore and Lindell score as Texas Stars open road trip with victory

The Bakersfield Condors and Texas Stars squared off for the third time this season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The Bakersfield Condors and Texas Stars squared off for the third time this season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The Texas Stars opened their California road trip with a 3-1 victory against the Bakersfield Condors.

Matt Mangene, Devin Shore, and Esa Lindell scored for Texas, while Jack Campbell stopped 30 of 31 shots for his second win of the season.

Mangene opened the scoring in the first period on the power play, while Bakersfield countered on a goal by Brad Hunt.

Lindell and Shore each scored in the second period as Texas never looked back.

It was Patrik Nemeth’s final game with Texas as part of a two-week conditioning stint. The Swedish defenseman appeared in eight games and had an assist during the two-week period.

AHL All-Star 3-on-3 (and 4-on-4) roster projections

(Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

(Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The American Hockey League announced it would be adapting the All-Star Game to a 4-on-4/3-on-3 hybrid round robin tournament this year in Syracuse.

A team of all-stars from each division will play three nine-minute games, with half being played 4-on-4 and the second half being played 3-on-3. The two divisions with the best record will then meet in a six-minute championship game of 3-on-3 hockey.

So, what will the rosters look like when the All-Stars hit the ice in Syracuse on Feb. 1?

Jason Iacona from Chirps from Center Ice and I dove into the selection process. I took the Western Conference, and he made the Eastern Conference selections.

We went by the same ground rules the AHL will use when it makes its selection. Each team consists of 11 skaters, plus two goalies, and each team must be represented.

Pacific Division


Andrew Agozzino, SA

I’ve watched Agozzino terrorize the Texas Stars this season and his numbers are even more impressive when you look at his games played. The Rampage forward has 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists) in just 11 games. Every other player in the top-20 in league scoring has played at least 14 games.

Markus Granllund, STK

Stockton center has nine points in 11 games and he should be Stockton’s representative. It was hard to keep his teammate Jon Gillies out of the game, but the strength of goaltending in the Pacific Division is unbelievable.

Bryan Lerg, SJ

Veteran player that gets what the AHL is all about and captains the Barracuda. Could be considered captain of the Pacific Division team.

Michael Mersch, ONT

Making my Pacific Division All-Star selections the day after watching Mersch play for the first time, and he really passes the eye test. Big, physical forward that you can’t take the puck off of and he has a team-high nine goals for the Reign.

Mikko Rantanen, SA

The 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft has quickly adapted to life in the AHL after a slow start in the NHL. The teenager is big, creative, and his high-draft status is something the AHL will want to promote in the all-star game.

Nick Ritchie, SD

In the NHL right now, but the 10th overall pick should be back in AHL soon enough. Brother of Dallas prospect Brett Ritchie has nine goals in 12 AHL games.

Devin Shore, TEX

The Stars stud rookie has cooled slightly since he earned AHL Player of the Month honors in October, but he’s still a favorite to reach the All-Star Game. In addition to his 17 points, Shore has NHL experience this season that the league likes to promote.


Brandon Montour, SD

San Diego’s rookie defensemen has been a power play phenom this season and leads the AHL with 10 power play helpers.

Maxime Noreau, SA

All-Star games are built for offensive-minded defenseman like Noreau. Rampage blue liner has 13 points in 15 games and has been a catalyst for his team’s hot start.

Brad Hunt, BAK

Not the best defensive defenseman, but he’s an offensive threat and was an AHL All-Star last season. A quarterback on the power play who has a quick release.

Esa Lindell, TEX

The Stars soft-spoken defenseman is quietly sixth in the league in scoring for defensemen with 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) and he’s second in the league at plus-12. He’ll enjoy connecting with Devin Shore on stretch passes in Syracuse.


Peter Budaj, ONT

The AHL doesn’t give out a comeback player of the year award, not officially, but Budaj would be the leader at this point. The Ontario goaltender leads the league with a 1.44 goals against average and .941 save percentage.

Laurent Brossoit, BAK

The Pacific Division is filled with NHL-quality goaltenders, and this selection could go to Calvin Pickard from San Antonio. But, right now he’s in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, so we’ll go with Brossoit and his dazzling .937 save percentage.

Central Division


Andreas Athanasiou, GR

Grand Rapids has been one of the AHL’s disappointments this season after several people (present company included) picked them to compete for the Calder Cup. Athansiou has 7 points in 10 AHL games and his speed makes him a weapon in 3-on-3.

Victor Arvidsson, MKE

One of those players you want to watch play every night. Arvidsson makes things happen on the ice and is averaging more than a point per game.

Michael Keranen, IOW

Iowa is a very bad hockey team. The Wild have just three wins in 20 games and my first thought for an All-Star, defenseman Michael Reilly, is minus-21 this season. Keranen has 10 points in 16 games, so we’ll give him the nod.

Danny Kristo, CHI

Kristo locked up this spot in my mind after I watched him play a pair of 3-on-3 overtime games against San Antonio, and he scored the game-winner each time. Thirteen points and a plus-7 rating help back up my claim.

Ty Rattie, CHI

Wolves forward is dynamic and is always one injury away from being in the NHL. If he’s still in the AHL around the All-Star break he should be on this squad.

Derek Ryan, CHA

Ryan was the Swedish Hockey League MVP last season and came over to North America and joined the Checkers this fall. So far he’s leading Charlotte with eight goals in 16 games and has been named captain of the Hurricane’s AHL affiliate.

Kerby Rychel, LE

He’s been up-and-down between Columbus and Lake Erie, but when he’s in the AHL he’s an All-Star and should be headed to Syracuse.


Andre Benoit, CHI

Former NHLer and KHLer is captain material and should get the C for the Central Division squad. Had 10 assists in 14 games.

Branden Kichton, MTB

This is an all-star tournament and goals are the priority. Player like Kichton fits the bill and he currently leads the Moose in points.

Ville Pokka, RFD

Finnish defenseman has been one of the leaders on Rockford’s blue line this season. He also has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 17 games.

Trevor Murphy, MKE

Rookie defenseman has made a strong transition to the AHL and has been a leader on the Admirals blue line. With eight points (four goals, four assists) and a plus-9 in 11 games, he has the stats to back it up.


Joonas Korpisalo, LE

Lake Erie goaltender has been stout this season with a .939 save percentage and 1.90 goals against average.

Eric Comrie, MTB

Comrie isn’t used to getting much goal support in Manitoba, so maybe he’ll like the added firepower in front of him at the All-Star game. The Moose netminder has a .944 save percentage and 1.73 goals against average, even though he’s only won two games.

North Division


Michael McCarron, STJ

This hulking 6’6 center is in his first pro year and is second on the IceCaps in scoring.

Bud Holloway, STJ

Led the Swiss league in scoring in 2012-13 and leads his IceCaps team in scoring.

Mike Sislo, ALB

AHL veteran that puts up points, all with Albany.

Cole Schneider, BNG

Bright light on a bad Binghamton team.

Phil Varone, RCH

He’s the veteran of this group that can still put points up.

Hunter Shinkaruk, UTI

Something like a three-on-three exhibition is made for Shinkaruk.


Anthony DeAngelo, SYR

Rookie out of Sarnia from the OHL putting up impressive numbers.

T.J Brennan, TOR

A three on three exhibition is built for guys like T.J. Brennan.

Marc-Andre Gragnani, ALB

He’s your veteran offensive defenseman that would pair up nice with DeAngelo and feed off of Brennan.


Garret Sparks, TOR

Played all of last year in Orlando with the ECHL and now making the most of his chance on a very good Marlies team.

Yann Danis, ALB

Former Baz Bastien winner has found a niche on a defensive Albany team.

Atlantic Division


Chris Bourque, HER

Perennial All-Star and future AHL Hall of Famer. You are buying the ticket to see him.

Chris Conner, LV

You need his speed in a three on three format. He can put up points too.

Brian Gibbons, HFD

Probably the only one on the team that can keep up with Conner both in speed and in putting points on the board.

Alex Khokhlachev, PRO

Your heart is either in your throat or you are half way out of your seat every time he touches the puck.

Joe Whitney, BRI

I put him on this team because he scores bucket loads of points but also to see what it would like like with him matching up against McCarron, who is a whole foot taller than he is.

Dustin Jeffrey, SPR

Falcons offense has come to life of recent. Gee, I wonder why? That’s right, Dustin Jeffrey is putting up more than a point a game for Springfield.


Ryan Pulock, BRI

Not quite on everyones radar yet, but 29 points in 54 games as a rookie last year and 11 points through 14 games so far for Bridgeport, he will be.

Derek Smith, SPR

Won a Calder Cup with Binghamton. Has found his scoring touch again with Springfield.

Derrick Pouliot, WBS

You want some one who can skate, move the puck and put up points and Pouliot is all of these.


Matt Murray, WBS

It’s not an all-star game without him.

Christopher Gibson, BRI

Change of scenery did him well and has Bridgeport playing respectable hockey again.