The Dallas Stars saw 24-year old winger Brendan Ranford put up a second straight season with the AHL’s Texas Stars that went above and beyond his production in prior seasons – so as a result, he’s one of two players who was inked to a one year extension on Tuesday.
The Stars confirmed that Ranford and fellow AHLer Justin Dowling have been inked through the end of the 2016-17 season. The club did not confirm any specifics on the deals, but it’s likely they both serve as two-way contracts for the upcoming campaign.
Drafted 209th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010, Ranford has been a part of the Stars system since 2013, when the club picked up the free agent (Philadelphia opted not to retain his rights) on a PTO. Since then, he’s gone from putting up 33 points in 65 AHL games in his first year to 51 points in 73 games last year and 59 points in 76 games this year, which put him in the lead in scoring on the minor league affiliate. Although he’s just 5 foot 10, his offensive instincts – combined with a point per game pace in the postseason this spring – likely helped the club decide to bring him back into the fold for next year.
Dowling, on the other hand, will rejoin the system after a year with good production of his own – but with leadership experience as well, as the fellow undersized forward served as alternate captain on the Texas club last year. A native of Cochrane, Alberta, Dowling put up 46 points in 52 games last year, chipping in with three points in four playoff games, as well.