*C Radek Faksa (first round/2012) is headed to the AHL. Dallas assigned Faksa to the Texas Stars on Tuesday. Faksa had his junior season come to an end when the Kitchener Rangers were knocked out of the second round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs by the London Knights. London won the series, 4-1. Faksa had 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 10 playoff games for Kitchener. He had 31 points (9 goals, 22 assists) in 39 regular season games, missing time due to a knee injury and the World Junior Championship.
There’s no guarantee that he’ll play any games for Texas. It will depend on how he looks in practice and what Texas needs. The Stars have three games remaining, including one tonight, before starting the Calder Cup Playoffs next week.
*D Jyrki Jokipakka (7th round/2011) was assigned to the Texas Stars last week after his season in Finland’s SM-Liiga ended. Jokipakka had 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 59 games for Ilves of Finland’s top league this season.
*C Gemel Smith (fourth round/2012) is out of the OHL playoffs after his Owen Sound team lost to Plymouth, 4-2, in the second round. Smith registered 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists) in 12 playoff games for the Attack.
*RW Cody Payne
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