The Stars assigned L'Espereance to AHL Texas on Tuesday.
L'Espernance's demotion leaves the Stars with just 11 healthy forwards, likely signifying that one of the team's players currently out with an injury will be ready to return for Wednesday's contest versus the Blue Jackets. The most likely candidate is Corey Perry (foot), who was initially aiming to return Friday against the Penguins.
L'Esperance scored a goal on his only shot in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames.
L'Esperance broke a scoreless tie at 16:39 of the second period, burying the feed from Joel Hanley behind Flames goalie David Rittich. The Michigan native has seen very limited minutes in his two appearances this season (5:56 versus the Capitals, 6:28 against the Flames), so he's not likely to make a fantasy impact.
The Stars recalled L'Esperance from AHL Texas on Saturday.
The Stars are battling injuries at forward, so L'Esperance was brought up to provide depth for Saturday's game versus the Blues. It's unsettled whether the Stars plug him into the lineup right away. In 18 games during L'Esperance's rookie season, he potted two goals with one coming on the man advantage.
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 was reassigned to AHL Texas on Saturday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
L'Esperance skated in three games for the Stars during his recall and earned himself a place on the top power-play unit, even though he didn't record a point. However, with the addition of Mats Zuccarello, L'Esperance was deemed surplus to requirements and will continue in the minors for the foreseeable future.
The Stars recalled L'Esperance from AHL Texas on Friday.
It was only a matter of time before L'Esperance heard his number called, as the 23-year-old holds the top AHL mark of 27 goals and ranks second with 11 power-play tallies. It's a fairly quick ascension for an undrafted player, but he's proven early in his career that he's ready for a chance at the top level. With the Stars in the thick of the playoff hunt, L'Esperance could provide an offensive spark the team was lacking when it was blanked by the Lightning on Thursday.
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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