Justin Dowling will potentially have a chance to see if his minor league scoring prowess can reasonably translate to the NHL. The Dallas Stars promoted the 26-year-old scorer from their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, on Monday.
Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill announced the promotion, which comes for a player who’s enjoyed a strong start to his latest season with the Texas Stars. Dowling has been one of the minor league team’s cornerstone players over the past several years but hasn’t received an opportunity at hockey’s top level yet.
Dallas also placed forward Alex Hemsky on injured reserve, with a retroactive distinction dating back to Oct. 22, which marks the most recent game in which Hemsky played.
Through five games in his fifth AHL season, Dowling has eight points — good enough for second in the AHL. Those came on two goals and six assists. The forward’s four power play points are tied for third in the AHL.
Dowling has totaled at least 46 points in each of his three most recent AHL slates, putting up 46 (11 goals, 35 assists) for the 2015-16 AHL Stars outfit. He 50 on a career-high 24 goals in 2014-15 and 47 for the ’13-’14 Stars. His most recent season may have been his best, with those 46 points coming in only 52 games. Dowling’s 50-point season came when he played in 74 Stars contests.
Hemsky’s appeared in one game this season, taking one shot in 15 minutes and 32 seconds of ice time. The 33-year-old Hemsky is a 15-year NHL veteran, having began his career with the Oilers in 2002. He’s in his third season with the Stars.