The Stars announced Tuesday that center Jamie Benn is heading to the Texas Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate, to help them in the Calder Cup playoffs. I like this idea. It gives Benn a chance to play in a playoff environment and continue to work on his game, even though the Stars' season is over. Mark Fistric played in more than 20 playoff games for the Manitoba Moose, which may have helped him this season. Maybe it can do the same thing for Benn, who had a great rookie season in the NHL.
Here is part of the official release:
Benn, 20, recently completed his rookie campaign in the National Hockey League, collecting 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points. He was one of only four rookies in the league to compete in all 82 games this season. Benn ranked third overall among first-year players in goals, fifth in points and tied for ninth in assists, while leading all NHL rookies in takeaways (70) and hits (186). The 6-2, 207-pound Victoria, B.C. native, became just the 10th rookie in franchise history to hit the 20-goal mark and just the fifth Dallas rookie to do so. Benn was Dallas’ 5th round selection (129th overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft.
The Texas Stars begin the Calder Cup playoffs this Friday, hosting the Rockford Ice Hogs in the West Division Semifinals.