Monday, September 7, 2009

St-D gets scoring chance for Stars in shootout

Kyle St. Denis is joining teammate Jamie Benn as the Dallas Stars compete this week at the NHL Prospects tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.
St. Denis saw his first game action Monday and was even used in the shootout in the Stars 2-1 loss to Minnesota.
St. Denis is attending the Stars camp on a free agent tryout.
Nieuwendyk lauds Benn - New Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk has liked what he's seen in the team's top prospect -- forward Jamie Benn.
"It seems like a long time ago I was injured with that concussion. I feel really good. I've recovered from that and it's just nice to play some games (in Traverse City) and get that out of the way."
Benn, of course, led all goal-scorers during the 2008 Traverse City Prospects Tournament, connecting five times in four games en route to leading the Stars to the championship. He posted 46 goals and 82 points in 56 games to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a Western Hockey League championship last season.
The Stars see Benn, a fifth-round pick in 2007, as a future star in the League."I don't think he's too far off at all," Nieuwendyk said. "If he doesn't make our team, I'm sure he'll be called up from time to time. We have a great situation where our minor league affiliate (in Texas) is only two-and-a-half hours down the road, so that's going to be a big bonus for us."He's already in a man's body and we'll take a good look at him at training camp."

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