Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Former Oil Kings Forward Recalled to NHL

He was arguably the highest profile member of the Edmonton Oil Kings during his two and a half season tenure with the club. Now, Tomas Vincour is making history as the first player from the franchise's modern era to make it to the NHL. The former 1st overall selection in the 2007 CHL Import Draft has joined Dallas and may make his NHL debut as soon as Wednesday when the Stars host the Phoenix Coyotes.

Dallas selected Vincour in the 5th round of the 2009 draft, 129th overall. The Czech native's stock dropped considerably that season, mostly due to injury concerns, as he started the year being touted as someone who could sneak into the end of the 1st round.

He appeared in 147 games with the Oil Kings and compiled 101 points. He was dealt to Vancouver before the 2010 trade deadline and went on to add 22 points in 24 games with the Giants. He also picked up 13 points in 15 playoff games for Vancouver.

One Giants insider suggested late last year that Vincour was arguably the best European player to have worn a Giants jersey. Certainly the Dallas Stars liked what they saw from him in training camp as he was one of the last players reassigned to Texas of the AHL.

He also appeared in the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships for his native Czech Republic and totaled 7 points over the two years.

The points haven't come easily for Vincour since turning pro this year; he has just 12 points through 44 AHL games. Still, the organization must be encouraged by his play on the farm as they recalled him today.

Vincour is now listed at 6'2 and 205 lbs according to the Texas Stars website.

No comments: