The Dallas Stars haven’t confirmed who he’s drawing in to replace just yet, but they have given the nod to forward Mattias Janmark – in game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, he’ll get his second post-season game of the year.
Drafted 79th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Janmark – who played for Swedish teams AIK and Frolunda HC before heading to North America during the 2014-15 postseason – is currently in his first full year of NHL play with the Stars, during which he recorded 15 goals and 29 points in his 73 games played. He was dealt to the Stars at the 2015 trade deadline as part of the deal that sent Erik Cole to Michigan, getting packaged with Mattias Backman and a second round pick for the veteran forward and a third rounder.
The native of Stockholm, Sweden recorded one AHL game with the Texas Stars during the 2015 postseason following the end of his season in Frolunda, and he’s currently scoreless during his 2016 postseason run with the Dallas club. The only point he’s earned in a North American postseason was during a six-game playoff stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, during which he earned one assist; hopefully, he’ll be able to improve upon his North American postseason totals as he draws back in for Dallas.
The Stars will head into game three against the Minnesota Wild with a 2-0 lead in the series, although they’ll be heading on the road for games three and four.