Thursday practice notes: Oleksiak, Roussel set to make NHL debuts: Roy out

Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 8:40 PM
Mark Stepneski

Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and forward Antoine Roussel, both called up from the Texas Stars yesterday, practiced with the team today and both will be in the lineup tomorrow when the Stars take on Phoenix at American Airlines Center.

Oleksiak was paired with Alex Goligoski at today’s practice, while Roussel centered the fourth line with Brenden Morrow on the left wing and Ryan Garbutt on the right wing. Both players will make their NHL debuts.

“What we’ve told (Roussel) is we want him to bring some energy and play the same gritty, abrasive game he has played in the American Hockey League. Be a disciplined, very hardworking guy,” Gulutzan said. “(With Oleksiak), we want to get a little heavier in some of these games on the backend, and he’s played so well in the American Hockey League. Like our other young defensemen, he deserves an opportunity. We want to give him a chance to see what he can do.”

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