March 26, 2012

BU's Chiasson signs entry-level deal with Dallas Stars

By Jesse Connolly

Less than 48 hours after being bounced from the NCAA tournament via a 7-3 loss to Minnesota, BU's leading scorer has decided to forgo his senior season and turn pro. 

Alex Chiasson had 99 points in 107 games during his three years at BU. (Dave Arnold Photography)

Junior forward Alex Chiasson agreed to a three-year entre-level contract with the Stars on Monday. Dallas selected him 38th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Chiasson, a Quebec native, improved in every offensive category over his three years with the Terriers. After a seven-goal season as a freshman, he averaged just under a point-per-game with 14 goals and 20 assists as a sophomore. In his junior year, the 21-year-old winger had 15 goals and 31 assists. His 46 points were the 15th-best total in the nation this season.

The 6-foot-3 forward and former Des Moines Buccaneer (USHL) ended the season on a five-game point streak. Chiasson had six points in four games during the Hockey East tournament, including a three-point night that featured the game-winner to move past New Hampshire in the quarterfinals. On Saturday against Minnesota, he assisted on two of BU's three tallies.

“We’re excited to have Alex join the Texas Stars for the remainder of their season,” Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said. “He has had an impressive college career and we look forward to watching him continue to develop as a professional in our system.”

Chiasson will now join the Texas Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate, for the remainder of the season.