The latest in a series on some of the top prospects of the Dallas Stars looks at right wing Alex Chiasson, who saw some time with the Dallas Stars late last season.
Chiasson made quite a splash when he was called up to Dallas from the Texas Stars after the NHL trade deadline, scoring six goals in his first six games before being sidelined with a shoulder injury.
He played primarily on a line with Ray Whitney and Jamie Benn, and he drew some strong reviews from Whitney, who said there was more to Chiasson than just the goal scoring.
“I know everybody looks at the goals, but it is his overall game that is more impressive,” Whitney said. “He gets goals by going to the net. He’s good with the puck in his own zone; he’s good getting the puck out of his zone, along the boards.”
Chiasson ended up playing seven games with Dallas, registering seven points (six goals, one assist) and a plus-three rating.
“Alex had a great season,” said Stars assistant GM Les Jackson. “Having some success at the NHL was good for him because he had earned that. Once he got through the first month of the season down with Texas, he took off as a player.”
Last season was the first full one as a professional for Chiasson, Dallas’ second round pick (38th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He played three seasons at Boston University and signed an entry-level deal with the Stars after his junior season in 2011-12.
He started last season with the Texas Stars of the AHL, but got off to a bit of a slow start. He had just one point over his first 12 games and six over his first 21 contests. But he picked up the pace after that, registering 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) over his next 36 games. Chiasson gave a lot of credit to Texas coach Willie Desjardins for the progress in his game.
“He’s made me earn a lot of things and I think he has a lot of confidence in me down there,” Chiasson said of Desjardins. “I’m glad to see that it transferred well (to the NHL). Every day he is trying to get me a little better and as much as I am working, he is working with me. “
Chiasson ended up with 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 57 games with Texas during the regular season. After his stint in the NHL and his recovery from the shoulder injury, he returned to Texas for the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs. He played in seven games, registering two goals and one assist.
“The coaching staff did a good job with him,” said Jackson. “They played him at right wing and at center. He gathered some good information last year and I think he grew as a player.”
The 22-year-old Montreal native, who is listed at 6-4, 206 pounds, is projected as a power forward. He has size, a good shot and can play with a bit of an edge. Based on the steps he took last season, he put himself in a good position to land a spot on the Dallas roster this coming season.
“He’s big, he’s got talent, he goes to the net and he works. There’s a lot to like about that kid,” Jackson said. “I suspect he’ll be right around our team this year and I am hoping that he is there. He’s a quality guy and I think he has more to give us and I think that will come from more experience.”
-Alex Chiasson making impact for Stars (4/8/13)
Alex Chiasson 2012-13 stats