With a wave of injuries hitting their squad during the month of November, the Dallas Stars were forced to tap into their reserves in Cedar Park with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League a bit earlier than they had hoped this season.
Defenseman Philip Larsen was the first rookie recalled from the AHL, being promoted after the Stars lost Alex Goligoski to a broken thumb early last month. Larsen, a 21-year-old puck-moving defenseman from Denmark was a fifth-round pick of Dallas in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and had eight games of NHL experience before his latest call-up.
Since joining the big club, "Lars" has performed well in the eight games he has skated in to date, chipping in a pair of assists and sporting a plusminus rating of plus-2. He was averaging almost a point per game in the AHL before his promotion to the NHL and of late, he has been logging some minutes on the Stars' power play unit as well.
Dallas head coach knows Larsen well after having coached ...