Brunnstrom nets hat trick in debut
Talk about quieting his critics.
Fabian Brunnstrom didn't exactly light the NHL on fire in the preseason, scoring one goal, adding two assists and going minus-3 in six games, and the Stars stuck him in the press box for their first two games of the regular season. Down 0-1-1 and heading into a game against the Predators tonight, however, they deployed their secret weapon.
Brunnstrom scored a hat trick in the game (which Dallas won 6-4), announcing his arrival emphatically despite playing in just more than 14 minutes.
He becomes just the third player in NHL history to score three goals in his debut, joining Alex Smart (1943) and Real Cloutier (1979).
And I was just about to write that there was no clear Calder favourite this season.
The Dallas Morning News' blog has more.