From Boston to Austin, AHL On The Beat
First impressions are frequently a terrible gauge of a person and his or her character. At first glance, Texas Stars rookie right wing Alex Chiasson might be misconstrued as being a bit quiet, even slightly reserved. But beneath a thin veil of stoicism flows a passion coursing so strongly that you might wonder how he maintains such a composed façade.
After playing three outstanding seasons at Boston University, things did not start as brightly as expected for Chiasson (pronounced SHAY-sahn) as he struggled to make the transition from college to the pro game. Following his junior year with the Terriers, the 22-year old St. Augustin, Que. native signed an amateur tryout with Texas and made his pro debut on March 29, 2012 against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
He enjoyed a decent spring with the Stars, scoring one goal and four assists in nine AHL games. That gave him the confidence heading into the off-season to start thinking about making the Dallas Stars lineup, all the while knowing his most likely path was to gain experience playing in Cedar Park.
“I was confident,” said Chiasson. “I knew that I could come here and start right away, be an impact player. But it didn’t turn out that way. I thought I had a pretty good training camp, came in to camp in great shape. There were things that Willie didn’t like in my game and things I needed to change.”
In Texas’ first 16 games of the season, Chiasson scored just one goal, playing in primarily in a third-line role and not seeing much ice time on specials teams. Additionally he missed four games at the end of October due to injury. Clearly things were not going according to plan for the young forward who was drafted by Dallas in the second round (38th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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