Some Dallas Stars prospects were on the move over the past week as trade deadlines came in Canadian juniors.
The Kitchener Rangers traded center Radek Faksa (first round/2012) to the Sudbury Wolves within the Ontario Hockey League. For Faksa, it means going from a last place team to one of the top teams in the league in Sudbury and a chance for a good playoff run in the OHL.
“I'm glad to be with a good team,” Faksa told the Sudbury Star. “I think we can do big things.”
Faksa has one goal and two assists in his first three games with Sudbury. He received some high praise from his new coach after his first game with the team.
“I thought he was the best player on the ice,” Sudbury coach Paul Fixter, a former associate coach with Kitchener, told the Star. “He controlled the puck, he worked hard in the corners, he was a force. That's what he does and that's why he's a first-round pick.
“He sets up his teammates well. ... He's a 200-foot player, you see him on the penalty kill, he blocks shots – that kind of thing rubs off.”
Center Gemel Smith (fourth round/2012) was on the move within in the OHL, as well. Owen Sound traded Smith to the London Knights. Smith goes to one of the top organizations in junior hockey and will get a chance to play at the Memorial Cup, since London is the host team for this year’s tournament. Smith, who is playing left wing for London, has no points in his first three games for the Knights.
Goaltender Max Lagace (free agent/2012) was traded for the second time this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Shawinigan traded Lagace to Sherbrooke. Lagace played three games for Sherbrooke over the past week, posting a 1-1-1 record, 3.58 goals against average and .895 save percentage.
Here are some notes on other Dallas prospects playing in juniors, college and Europe.
*C Devin Shore (second round/2012) recorded two goals and one assist as the University of Maine defeated Boston University, 7-3, in an outdoor game at Fenway Park over the weekend. Shore ran his points streak to 11 games. He now has 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 26 games, and ranks 13th in the nation in scoring at 1.30 points per game.
*LW Alex Guptill (third round/2010) picked up two assists in two games for the University of Michigan over the weekend. Guptill, who has registered points in eight of his last 10 games, has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 17 games this season.
*C/LW Jason Dickinson (first round/2013) has picked up six assists in his last two games for Guelph of the OHL. Dickinson has 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 43 games this season. The 48 points are a new career-high in the OHL for Dickinson.
LW Remi Elie (second round/2013) had no points three games for Belleville of the OHL over the past week. Elie leads the Bulls in scoring with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 35 games.
*C Nick Paul (fourth round/2013) had one assist in three games for North Bay of the OHL. Paul has 24 points (15 goals, 9 assists) in 43 games.
*RW Cody Payne (trade acquisition/2013) was eligible to return from a three-game suspension on Jan. 10, but was scratched for that game and Saginaw’s next one in the OHL.
*LW Cole Ully (fifth round/2013) picked up one assist in three games for Kamloops of the Western Hockey League. Ully leads the Blazers in scoring with 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) in 42 games.
*D Dmitry Sinitsyn (seventh round/2012) had no points in three games for Regina of the WHL. Sinitsyn has 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists) in 43 games.
*RW Branden Troock (fifth round/2012) did not play this past week. He is listed as day to day with an upper body injury.
*C Mike Winther (second round/2012) is closer to returning to action for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Winther, who has been out since early December with an upper body injury, is listed as day to day.
*G Philippe Desrosiers (second round/2013) registered his second shutout of the season, stopping 20 shots in Rimouski’s 5-0 win over Saint John in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last week. Desrosiers is 15-11-7 and ranks eighth in the league with a 3.04 goals against average.
*D Troy Vance (fifth round/2011) had one assist in three games for Charlottetown of the QMJHL. Vance has 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 35 games.
*LW Matej Paulovic (fifth round/2013) returned to action for Muskegon of the USHL after being suspended for two games for checking from behind. He had no points in one game last week and has three points (one goal, two assists) in five games since joining the Lumberjacks at the end of December.
*D John Klingberg (fifth round/2010) scored his eighth goal of the season in Frolunda’s 4-0 victory over Leksands last week in the Swedish Hockey League. All eight of Klingberg’s goals this season have come on the power play this season. He is tied for third in the SHL in power play goals and ranks ninth in power play points (13).
*D Ludwig Bystrom (second round/2012) had no points in three games for Farjestad of the SHL. Bystrom has nine points (two goals, seven assists) and a plus-12 rating in 36 games.
*D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) registered three points (one goal, two assists) in three games for Rogle of Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan. Hansson has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 30 games and is tied for fourth among junior defensemen playing in the HockeyAllsvenskan.
*LW Emil Molin (fourth round/2011) picked up two assists in three games for Rogle in the HockeyAllsvenskan last week. Molin has five points (one goal, four assists) in eight games since joining Rogle last month.
* D Esa Lindell (third round/2012) returned to play for Jokerit in Finland’s top league after winning a gold medal at the World Junior Championship. He suited up for one game, registering no points. Lindell has one goal in 25 games for Jokerit this season.
*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) had three assists in two games played for Ilves in Finnish junior hockey. Makela has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 19 junior games.
*G Henri Kiviaho (fifth round/2012) did not get any starts in any of Finland’s leagues last week.
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