Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong on Friday, made another move yet to help the Stars depth along the blue-line, by acquiring defenseman Shawn Belle from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Jason Bacashihua.

The 19 year-old Shawn Belle was the first round selection for St. Louis (30th overall) in last year's draft. He also won the Bobby Orr Fastest Skater Award at the 2003 CHL Top Prospects Skills Competition.

Belle has played in 55 games for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL last season, posting on the board nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points with 68 penalty minutes and a +5 rating. in the last three season,Belle has shown is face in 157 games with Tri-City,registering 17 goals and 51 assists for 68 points with 196 penalty minutes.

In each of the past three years Belle, The 6-2, 225-pound has played for Team Canada at different levels - winning the silver medal this past Spring at the 2004 World Junior Championships, picking up two gold medals with Canada's Under-18 squad in 2002-03, and also winning a silver medal with Team Pacific at the 2002 World Under-17 Challenge. And the second consecutive year, he has been invited to Canada's National Junior Team Development Camp this August in Calgary along with the Stars' 2003 third round pick, right wing B.J. Crombeen.

Now, lets talk about the 21 year-old Jason Bacashihua who was the man who struck. In their development, Mike Smith and Dan Ellis have made considerable strides over the past year. Dan Ellis played his first game as a Dallas Star and also picked up a win against the Columbus Bluejackets by a 4-3 score. There were times when Mike Smith could have walked in for Turco's place but he was on the IR for a good while, and the time he was back, the playoffs where here, and we did not want to take our chances.

Jason Bacashihua was the Stars first round selection (26th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 39 games with the Utah Grizzles last season, earning a 13-19-5 record with a 2.66 goals GAA and a .916 save percentage.

Join us tomorrow for the Stars in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in Raleigh, NC, on DSR Message Boards with live coverage if you do not have ABC,ESPN etc... but the first round on Saturday will be televised on ESPN2 (11 AM, CST). Dallas owns the 20th pick in the first round, as well as three of the first 56 selections (The Stars have picks 34 and 56 in round two).

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