Defensemen Philip Larsen (elbow) and Aaron Rome (groin) did not practice Wednesday, but both players are expected to be on the ice for Thursday evening’s practice session at American Airlines Center.
Larsen and Rome left Tuesday’s scrimmage early due to the injuries.
“We should have Rome and Lars at tomorrow’s practice,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “They’re a little banged up from that scrimmage and they should both be back tomorrow.”
Faksa, Ritchie return to junior teams
Forwards Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie both headed back to their junior teams on Wednesday after spending four days at training camp.
Faksa, the team’s first round pick (13th overall) in 2012, will return to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Ritchie, Dallas’ second round pick (44th overall) in 2011, will head to the Niagara IceDogs, of the OHL.
“It was awesome,” Ritchie said of his time at the camp. “I did this last year, and I learned a lot. There are some new guys on the team, some older guys who have been in the league for 20 years, and it is pretty easy to pick stuff up from them all the time. Obviously, they’ve done it for a long time and know what it takes. I learned a lot.”
Oleksiak, Sceviour practice
Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and forward Colton Sceviour, who both were called up from American Hockey League Tuesday, practiced with the team Wednesday.
They both took part in Tuesday’s scrimmage as members of the Texas Stars. They are now part of a Dallas Stars camp roster that stands at 25 players.
“I am honored to be here,” said Oleksiak. “I wasn’t at training camp initially, came here and skated with them at the scrimmage and they told me to stick around. I am just trying to make the most of the opportunity.”
“Coming in here we really didn’t know what was going on,” said Sceviour. “We just knew we were going to scrimmage. To be told that I am going to be here for a couple more days is obviously a really good feeling. I’m excited.”
Gulutzan said that everybody still in camp at this point is in the hunt for a roster spot.
More power play work
The Stars spent more time on the power play in Wednesday’s practice. Stars assistant coach Curt Fraser is handling the power play.
There were a couple of adjustments in today’s lineup. Derek Roy was on the point on one of the units. And Vernon Fiddler was among the forwards on the other unit. What do the Stars think Fiddler brings to the power play?
“Faceoffs and net presence,” said Gulutzan. “No offense to Vern, we love him, we know what he can do on the penalty kill, but we don’t want him handling the puck on the power play. We want him to win the draw, go to the net and he’s going to retrieve the puck, win battles along the wall, get the puck to (Jaromir) Jagr and guys, and get back to the front of the net. It’s a pretty simple job description, but I think all of us who have watched him know he is built for it.”
Injured: Larsen (elbow), Rome (groin)
Power play units