Although not under ideal circumstances, the Dallas Stars will show off an important piece of their future tonight even as they work towards far more immediate goals.
Dickinson will consequently draw into the lineup, per Mark Stepneski of the Stars’ official website.
At the age of 20, Dickinson is one of Dallas’ top forward prospects. He was selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In 2015-16, he’s scored 20 goals and 50 points in 69 contests as a rookie with the AHL’s Texas Stars.
Thursday’s contest is an opportunity for him to make his NHL debut and thus give him a taste of what he’s working towards, but this game is also important for the Stars’ playoff picture. Dallas and St. Louis are tied atop the Central Division in terms of points, but the Stars have the edge thanks to the tiebreaker ROW. If Dallas beats Colorado tonight then that will go a long way towards securing not only the division title, but also the top seed in the Western Conference.