The Dallas Stars saw blue line prospect Julius Honka spend his second full season at the AHL level this year – but now that the Texas Stars have been eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs, he’s part of the duo that has been brought up to the NHL as reinforcements.
The stars confirmed on Monday, via Sean Shapiro of the Texas Stars beat, that Honka was recalled to Dallas as one of two black aces brought up from the minor league affiliate at the end of their playoff run.
He’ll be joined by 20-year-old forward Jason Dickinson, who got his first NHL game in this season – and his first NHL goal in the process.
Drafted 14th overall by the Stars in 2014, Honka spent a year in the WHL playing with the Swift Current Broncos before going pro at the start of the 2014-15 season. He’s coming off an impressive year at the AHL level, during which he posted 44 points in 73 games to lead the team’s blue line in scoring.
Like Honka, Dickinson is coming off a productive season at the minor league level. An alumnus of the OHL’s Guelph Storm, the former 29th overall pick – selected at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft – wrapped up his first season of pro hockey this year with 22 goals and 53 points of his own through 73 games.
Although there’s no guarantee either will work their way into the Dallas lineup, the team put enough trust in them to recall them as ‘just-in-case’ roster players during their postseason run – so they’re definitely names to watch for moving forward.