Stars Call Up Former 1st-Round Pick As Replacement For Injured Joe Pavelski

The Dallas Stars are facing a challenge as they head into Game 3 against the Minnesota Wild as they will again be without their first-line right winger, Joe Pavelski.

Pavelski suffered what appeared to be a head injury during the first game, and has since been ruled out for the next two games.

In response, the Stars have recalled forward Riley Tufte from their American Hockey League development team.

Tufte, a former first-round draft pick, is known for his massive size at 6 feet 6 inches and 230 pounds. He has played in 13 career games with Dallas, tallying one goal, and had a decent season in the AHL with 19 goals and 35 points in 63 games.

Head coach Peter DeBoer has stated that the team will explore various options and line combinations with Pavelski's absence, but Tufte is a viable candidate to fill in for him. However, it's not yet confirmed if Tufte will be included in the starting lineup, as Joel Kiviranta or Fredrik Olofsson may also be considered.

The Stars will need to rally around Pavelski's absence and respond to the situation, as teammate Tyler Seguin expressed. Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports