The Dallas Stars, in preparation for their season opener against the Phoenix Coyotes this Saturday, announced a roster move that will send defenseman Mark Fistric to the Edmonton Oilers and in return will take a third round pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft. Mark Fistric first suited up for the Stars in the 2007-2008 season and Stars quickly saw what Fistric’s main objective in the league was. As a 230 pound defenseman he was able to use his size to physically remove his opponents away from the puck. Fistric is entering his sixth season in the NHL. His most successful year in Dallas came in the 2009-2010 campaign he played in 67 games for the Stars and registered ten points (1g, 9a) with a team high plus minus rating of +27 (Points, Assist, Games Played, and Plus/Minus are all still career highs). That season saw Mark Fistric’s peak here in Dallas and he was never really able to build off of his success. The signing of Aaron Rome in the offseason gave thoughts that this move might happen at some point this season as Rome is a very similar type of player. The trade also opens an extra roster spot for NHL hopefuls Brenden Dillon and Jordie Benn.
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The Dallas Stars announced today that they have acquired Edmonton’s third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Mark Fistric.
Fistric, 26, has spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Stars, skating in 257 career NHL games and has earned 23 points (3G-20A) with 220 penalty minutes in that span. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound defenseman, led all Dallas defensemen with 235 hits last season and ranked third on the team with 105 blocked shots.
The Edmonton, Alta., native was Dallas’ first-round selection (28th overall) in 2004.