Hired as a free agent by Dallas Stars forward Mathieu Tousignant hopes to start the season in the AHL.
Last season, the male from Saint-Etienne scored 29 goals, 48 assists and provided received 145 penalty minutes in the Rocket Prince Edward Island and Saguenéens Chicoutimi.
Tousignant Québec leave today for Michigan, which held a rookie tournament in which eight NHL teams will battle.
"I signed a two-pronged (AHL and East Coast Hockey League) and my goal is to get a foothold in the Texas Stars in the AHL. Otherwise, I can always return to the QMJHL as a player of 20 years. But I know that Sags have their three 20 years (Dominic Jalbert, Antoine Roussel and Pierre-Luc Lacombe). "
A different article I found claimed his QMJHL team had already found an adequate replacement for him. He was obviously impressive in Traverse, but it may be difficult for him to find a spot in Austin. He could be in Boise with Bachman this year.
I like the fact they didn’t give him an ELC. He’s a good prospect, but the Stars already have 44 guys under contract. Assuming the reports are true, Labrie would make 45. Plus, Dallas will need to sign Tyler Beskorowany and Matt Tassone before June this year. Those 3 additional contract will be useful in case Dallas finds another undrafted free agent or needs another veteran because of injuries in Dallas.
If Tousignant plays well enough as a pro, he can sign an NHL contract next summer when Dallas should have more contracts to hand out.
Labrie missed the first game of the year for Gatineau (a 4-1 win), but he'll play Sunday against Rimouski.
I believe he'll be an assistant captain this year. The best thing about Labrie is he is Dallas' youngest prospect (only turned 18 two months ago). He has plenty of time to fill out his frame (already up to 178 lbs.).
Go here, click on player profiles, scroll down to King's. The guy's got some soft hands.
Those were some nice highlights. Thanks for the link. I'm really glad Dallas is focusing on some of these high skill guys that fall for whatever reason. Vincour dropped because he was injured. Same with Larsen, Tristan King, and Labarie. Not all of them will pan out but I'd rather take the chance on skill than "safe" AHL filler.