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piqued 01-06-2013 05:13 PM

Texas Stars (AHL) Discussion ‎IV
 
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Remaining schedule: (All times Central)

Feb 22, 2013 6:30 pm Texas at Lake Erie
Feb 23, 2013 6:30 pm Texas at Lake Erie
Feb 26, 2013 7:00 pm Texas at Oklahoma City
Mar 1, 2013 7:30 pm Chicago at Texas
Mar 2, 2013 7:00 pm Oklahoma City at Texas
Mar 5, 2013 7:30 pm Chicago at Texas
Mar 8, 2013 7:30 pm San Antonio at Texas
Mar 13, 2013 7:30 pm Abbotsford at Texas
Mar 15, 2013 6:00 pm Texas at Charlotte
Mar 17, 2013 2:00 pm Texas at Charlotte
Mar 19, 2013 7:30 pm San Antonio at Texas
Mar 22, 2013 7:30 pm Rochester at Texas
Mar 23, 2013 7:00 pm Charlotte at Texas
Mar 26, 2013 7:05 pm Texas at Houston
Mar 30, 2013 7:00 pm Grand Rapids at Texas
Apr 5, 2013 7:30 pm Oklahoma City at Texas
Apr 6, 2013 7:00 pm Hamilton at Texas
Apr 7, 2013 3:30 pm Texas at San Antonio
Apr 11, 2013 6:00 pm Texas at Charlotte
Apr 12, 2013 6:00 pm Texas at Charlotte
Apr 14, 2013 3:30 pm Texas at San Antonio
Apr 16, 2013 7:00 pm Texas at San Antonio
Apr 19, 2013 7:30 pm Houston at Texas
Apr 20, 2013 7:00 pm Rockford at Texas

TrillMike 01-07-2013 10:33 PM

Really cool the first thread hit a 1,000 posts so fast. Thanks lockout.

beardedgraf 01-10-2013 01:38 AM

Reilly Smith - what's his potential? Who could he compare to if he realizes his potential? Same goes for Chiasson. Thanks

I see this was moved. Sorry about that.

piqued 01-10-2013 02:13 AM

No prob. Just generally like to keep the talk about the Texas prospects in here.

Trying to think of some good comps but it's late. Both guys have top 6 potential. Chiasson more of a passer, Smith more of a shooter.

LatvianTwist 01-10-2013 06:56 AM

Havlat came to mind for Chiasson, but on second thought, that isn't a very good one.

T.J. Oshie (but with size) seems like a decent comparable, and along those lines of production is what I might expect as well.

Not sure about Smith though. Vanek scores too much and is more of a crease crasher, and there really aren't many guys who have that kind of offensive talent (seems like a lot of his goals are fancy moves or wicked snipes) while being defensively responsible too. Roy is probably the best I can come up with, kind of a jack of all trades player, but I still don't like that.

Frozen Failure 01-10-2013 09:55 AM

Hossa?

piqued 01-10-2013 01:53 PM

OK, I gave this some more thought and I think have a pretty good one for R. Smith -- David Perron.

Neither winger is particularly big or overpowering... both have an arsenal of 1v1 moves and handle the puck with ease... both are known for their forechecking ability that can lead to turning over pucks... both have an powerful shot and deadly release... and in turn they both look to shoot first rather than pass.

Frozen Failure 01-10-2013 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by piqued (Post 57401917)
OK, I gave this some more thought and I think have a pretty good one for R. Smith -- David Perron.

Neither winger is particularly big or overpowering... both have an arsenal of 1v1 moves and handle the puck with ease... both are known for their forechecking ability that can lead to turning over pucks... both have an powerful shot and deadly release... and in turn they both look to shoot first rather than pass.

Yeah, I'd say that's fair.

beardedgraf 01-10-2013 05:50 PM

Thanks a lot for the info. I've been getting pretty high on R. Smith the way he has been playing for Texas lately. I really hope he continues to progress.

LatvianTwist 01-10-2013 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by piqued (Post 57401917)
OK, I gave this some more thought and I think have a pretty good one for R. Smith -- David Perron.

Neither winger is particularly big or overpowering... both have an arsenal of 1v1 moves and handle the puck with ease... both are known for their forechecking ability that can lead to turning over pucks... both have an powerful shot and deadly release... and in turn they both look to shoot first rather than pass.

That's probably the best comparison you could've made. They really do have pretty similar games.

LoneStarHockey 01-11-2013 01:25 PM

Going to the game tonight vs. Aeros

Go Stars! Looking forward to seeing these guys play.

Alistar 01-11-2013 01:54 PM

I think I heard that the Aeros signed a couple of those career AHL type ringers now that the top prospects on the Wild are unavailable to them, should be a good test for the Texas Stars minus their top guys.

piqued 01-11-2013 03:39 PM

Yeah they signed Paul Mara, who I guess is out of the NHL now.

BigG44 01-11-2013 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by piqued (Post 57450421)
Yeah they signed Paul Mara, who I guess is out of the NHL now.

Russo indicated he's a likely candidate to fill in in the NHL with all the injuries on D. Since he was willing to take the PTO, this gives him a few games in the AHL to get ready for a potential NHL call up.

Alistar 01-11-2013 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by BigG44 (Post 57450861)
Russo indicated he's a likely candidate to fill in in the NHL with all the injuries on D. Since he was willing to take the PTO, this gives him a few games in the AHL to get ready for a potential NHL call up.

I don't think he can do that. Mara signed with Houston on a standard AHL contract, not a PTO deal like we had with Barker btw. So far as I know he has to actually sign a contract with the Minnesota Wild before he can fill in, and they are right up at the salary cap limit and the conrtract limit aren't they?

**Although really you can assume that Mara is going in to this looking to leverage a good performance in the AHL into another chance at the NHL. He's not limited to just signing with Minnesota though.

BigG44 01-11-2013 06:29 PM

Russo mentioned that they'd have to move a player to sign Mara, and a regular AHL contract doesn't prevent you from signing an NHL contract. That's great though that he was willing to sign for the rest of the year. Guess he's committed to getting back in the NHL even if has to play the rest of the year in the AHL.

I honestly think he's just a backup option. Russo has been saying they are looking via the trade market. Hopefully for his sake, if it doesn't work out in Minnesota, he does enough in Houston to earn an NHL job or at least two-way contract over the summer.

BigG44 01-11-2013 07:30 PM

Everyone is playing tonight.

Vincour starting and reunited with Eakin and R. Smith.

Hope you're sitting down. A. Smith is a scratch. :sarcasm:

MetalGodAOD 01-11-2013 07:30 PM

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Texas Stars Hockey ‏@TexasStars

Starting for your Texas Stars: Sloan & Max Fortunus on D. Vincour, Eakin & Reilly Smith up front. Nilstorp between the pipes. #TxStars
Eakin and Vincour playing.

BigG44 01-11-2013 07:41 PM

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HundredDegreeHockey ‏@100degreehockey

Stars drop Alex Chiasson from top line and replace with Vincour. Wonder if it has to do with dozens of DAL scouts in building. #txstars
Time to show off.

MetalGodAOD 01-11-2013 07:41 PM

Wish I could find a stream :(

BigG44 01-11-2013 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by MetalGodAOD (Post 57459447)
Wish I could find a stream :(

The official AHL stream isn't even working. You aren't missing anything.

BigG44 01-11-2013 08:07 PM

This feed tonight is a total joke.

The one thing I've actually seen today is one of the bigger mistakes I've seen Oleksiak make this year. Serves as a reminder that patience and more time in the minors just might make the most sense.

He was handling the puck on the blue line, and he got undressed by Zucker. The mishap led to a breakaway attempt by Zucker, but Nilstorp made a stunning save.

Right now ... I'm watching nothing. No sound earlier. Lost everything for a while. Worked for a bit. Back to nothing.

This is not fun.

BigG44 01-11-2013 08:51 PM

Aftermath of Oleksiak turnover:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAYHOvPCAAElu1_.jpg:large

Great and important save.

LatvianTwist 01-11-2013 08:57 PM

What are those jerseys...

BigG44 01-11-2013 08:57 PM

Nilstorp is down and injured.

Zucker on a semi-breakaway runs him. All the contact was with Nilstorp's head. Could be a whiplash effect.


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