Stars prospect Nick Caamano had a busy week.
First he earned an amateur tryout contract with the Texas Stars after finishing his season with the Flint Firebirds. Then Caamano made his AHL debut in a 4-3 victory on Wednesday, had an assist, and then signed his NHL entry-level contract on Thursday morning.
Nice play by Caamano for his first career AHL assist pic.twitter.com/E78svvnNXC
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 6, 2017
In 67 regular-season tilts for Flint this season, the 18-year-old winger had 35 goals and 29 assists. In the Firebirds’ abbreviated playoff appearance, the Ontario native had three assists in five games.
The point-per-game pace this season came on the heels of two OHL campaigns that saw Caamano skate in 128 regular-season tilts and amass 46 points.
An amateur tryout contract, in layman’s terms, is a way for clubs to sign prospects and get them professional experience without the risk of burning the amateur status of players like Caamano, who will continue to play in the OHL next season.
Caamano, drafted with the 146th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, will have a chance to continue to impress the Dallas brass in at least a few of the Texas Stars’ six remaining games.
Riley Tufte and the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs will open the Frozen Four in Chicago when they match up with Harvard at 5 p.m. CT Thursday. The game will be shown on ESPN2.
Texas Stars (AHL)
Season stats: 9 GP, 1 G, 1 A, Even
Bayreuther was again held pointless this week, skating in a loss at Rockford and a series split at Milwaukee. The defenseman has been disciplined in his short stint since signing with Dallas after leaving St. Lawrence University, earning just two penalty minutes in his nine games with Texas.
Season stats: 53 GP, 21 G, 16 A, +15
In games five and six of HIFK’s second-round series against TPS, Hintz again found his scoring touch, turning in a goal and three assists over the two contests to help HIFK advance to the semifinal round of the Liiga playoffs. The run was highlighted by his performance in game five, when he had a hand in three third-period tallies (two assists, one goal). In the semifinal opener against Tappara, Hintz was pointless and a minus-1. Game two is set for Thursday.
Frolunda HC (SHL)
Season stats: 58 GP, 7 G, 8 A, +6
Nyberg and Frolunda completed the comeback in their series against Skelleftea, taking a decisive game seven after victories in games five and six to keep their season alive. Nyberg remained pointless in the series, but was a plus-1 in the season-extending win. He was held pointless again in the first two games of Frolunda’s semifinal series against Brynas, a 4-3 loss and a 6-1 victory.
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Season stats (TEX): 16 GP, 3.17 GAA, .894 SV%
Season stats (ID): 26 GP, 2.17 GAA, .931 SV%
The Steelheads clinched a playoff berth last week thanks to Alaska loss, adding a win over Colorado Wednesday for good measure. Bow stayed hot in the series opener and was named the second star of the game for his 31-save performance. Bow gave way to Branden Komm for Saturday’s series finale after a 3-2 loss Friday, but still leads the ECHL in goals against average.
Ottawa 67s (OHL)
Season stats (With LDN): 27 GP, 1 G, 5 A, +10
Season stats (With OTT): 34 GP, 4 G, 7 A, -1
The 67s stumbled in the OHL playoffs, losing three of their final four games to Mississauga to get bounced in round one. Martenet had an assist and was minus-3 in the six-game series.
Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Season stats: 66 GP, 11 G, 15 A, +10
After winning game five at Kelowna to force a game six against the Rockets, Vala and the Blazers dropped game six at home and were eliminated from the WHL playoffs. After scoring in game two, a 3-2 road loss, Vala was held pointless in the remaining four games. Vala is expected to join the Texas Stars on ATO this week.