Crombeen, Fellow Rookies Making Impact In Dallas

By Tracey Myers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

DALLAS – It would be understandable if the Dallas Stars’ young guys were awed by the stage on which they’re playing. After all, this is new to James Neal and Fabian Brunnstrom. And B.J. Crombeen, who helped the Idaho Steelheads win the Kelly Cup as a rookie in 2007, had only a handful of games’ worth of experience entering this season.

You could call them the “kids” of this team. But as the Stars are finding out, the kids are all right.

Neal, Brunnstrom and Crombeen have made the most of their opportunities, playing strong, responsible hockey and adding a few goals for good measure.

“They’re tactically sound, smart players and they play the game in an honest way,” coach Dave Tippett said. “They’re willing to learn and do whatever it takes to win, they’re competing hard and they’re getting rewarded for it.”

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