The Stars sent L'Esperance back to AHL Texas on Saturday. L'Esperance left the Stars on a high note, potting the team's only goal of Friday's game against the Blackhawks. The rookie pivot could rejoin Dallas once Texas' season ends, but, for now, L'Esperance will concentrate on adding to his 44 points over 50 games in the AHL.
L'Esperance converted on one of six shots for his first NHL goal in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Wild. L'Esperance showed off the offensive skills that have him skating on the second line and second power-play unit, racking up a game-high shot total in just 14:19 of ice time. Those skills had previously been lying dormant for the 23-year-old forward, as the goal was also his first NHL point in 11 games.
L'Esperance was called up from AHL Texas on Wednesday. The Stars will be without Andrew Cogliano (upper body) for Thursday's game against the Kings, so L'Esperance has an opportunity to replace him. An American prospect who won back-to-back championships with Michigan Tech (2016-18), L'Esperance appeared in four games with the Stars in mid-February, and even though he went scoreless with four hits and a blocked shot over that span, the pivot averaged 1:40 of power-play ice time to make him an intriguing fantasy target for owners needing depth at center.
L'Esperance signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Stars on Sunday. L'Esperance only played nine games during the regular season with the Stars' affiliate last year, but during AHL Texas' playoff run he suited up for 22 games, notching four postseason points in the process. He should, at the very least, have a bigger role at the minor-league level next season.
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