• Collects short-handed goal Thursday

    News: Valeri Nichushkin potted a short-handed goal in Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.
    Analysis: There are big expectations for Valeri Nichushkin this season. Now that he is said to be healthy again following an injury that required surgery and wiped out all but eight games of his 2014-15 campaign, Nischushkin likely will have the luxury of skating with established Stars in Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza on a scoring line. Nichushkin has a nose for the goal and comes with a high degree of upside ahead of the 2015-16 season.
  • Stars' Nichushkin Says Injury Is Behind Him

    News: Valeri Nichushkin missed most of last year after an early-season hip injury, but is expected to be healthy for the start of the season. In an update at the Stars' site he said, "Everything feels so good now. I don't feel pain anymore."
    Analysis: The promising young winger played only four games before getting injured, then played just four of the team's final five games after coming back. If healthy, he is expected to get top six minutes this season playing wing for either Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza, which should make the big winger a potential fantasy sleeper.
  • Stars' Nichuskin Looks To Be A Scratch Wednesday

    News: Nichushin didn't skate on a regular line during the Stars' morning skate and looks to be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game against the Ducks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
    Analysis: After missing four and a half months following Nov. 18 hip surgery, Valeri Nichushkin made his return to the Stars' lineup for both of their games last weekend. He would pick up an assist and skated under 15 minutes in both contests, but will now be held out of his second straight contest as a scratch. While Nichushkin didn't appear to suffer any setbacks in his return to the lineup, the Stars probably just don't want to overwork him too quickly coming off a major injury. He could still have a shot at playing in the team's season finale Saturday against the Predators.
  • Stars' Nichushkin Set To Play Wednesday

    News: Nichushin is on track to play in Wednesday's game against the Ducks, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
    Analysis: Not only is Valeri Nichushkin, who was a scratch Monday, expected to return to the lineup, but he's also in line to see some power play duty. "My plan for Val is to get him some quality ice time. I'd like to get him involved in our second power play and see where he is at," coach Lindy Ruff said Wednesday of the 20-year-old forward, who missed four and a half months following Nov. 18 hip surgery.
  • Stars' Nichushkin To Play Friday

    News: Valeri Nichushkin (hip) will play in Friday's game against the Blues, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
    Analysis: Valeri Nichushkin will finally make his return to the NHL, and he may get another chance to play Saturday against the Predators. While it's unwise to expect much over the final few games of this season, the 20-year-old Nichushkin should be a very worthy target for 2015-16.
  • Stars' Nichushkin Nears Return

    News: The Stars recalled Valeri Nichushkin (hip) from a conditioning assignment with AHL Texas on Thursday.
    Analysis: According to NHL.com's Mark Stepneski, coach Lindy Ruff suggested Thursday that Valeri Nichushkin could play in one, or both of Dallas' upcoming games, Friday against the Blues and/or Saturday against the Preds. Prior to his Nov. 18 hip surgery, Nichushkin -- the No. 10 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft -- did not record a point in four games for Dallas.
  • Stars' Nichushkin Starting Conditioning Assignment

    News: Valeri Nichushkin (hip) was activated from injured reserve and loaned to AHL Texas on a conditioning assignment Friday, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
    Analysis: Valeri Nichushkin is expected to play three games for AHL Texas, putting him on track to rejoin Dallas for the final five games of the NHL season, starting with Apr. 3 against the Blues.
  • Stars' Nichushkin Likely To Head To AHL On Friday

    News: Valeri Nichushkin (hip) is expected to begin a conditioning assignment at AHL Texas on Friday, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
    Analysis: Assuming Valeri Nichushkin is able to practice without any setback to his surgically-repaired hip over the next couple of days, he'll be on tap for a three-game stint in the minors. That would put Nichushkin on track to rejoin the Stars during the first week of April, allowing him to get in a few games with the parent club before the season draws to a close. Nichushkin isn't likely to provide any sort of meaningful impact in what's left of the 2014-15 campaign, but at 20 years old and dripping with upside, he'll make for a worthy target on draft day next season.
  • AHL Stint On Tap For Stars' Nichushkin

    News: Coach Lindy Ruff said Valeri Nichushkin (hip) would head out to AHL Texas soon for a conditioning stint consisting of at least two games, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
    Analysis: Valeri Nichushkin hasn't played competitive hockey since November, when he required hip surgery that threatened to end his season. While it looks like he'll see some game action in the near future, by the time the conditioning stint concludes he may only have an opportunity to play in a handful of games with the parent club before the season draws to a close.
  • Stars' Nichushkin Now Viewed As Day-To-Day

    News: Coach Lindy Ruff said after Tuesday's practice that Valeri Nichushkin (hip) is now being viewed as "day-to-day," Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
    Analysis: Valeri Nichushkin has increased his involvement in practices over the last few days and appears to be nearly fully recovered from Nov. 18 hip surgery. Because of the lengthy absence, Nichushkin could require a conditioning game or two at AHL Texas before joining the Stars for the final few weeks of the season, but no specific plan has been formulated as of yet.