Posted September 25, 2018 10:12:53 Chris Neil continues to develop in Dallas with a new contract extension that will keep him with the Stars through 2019-20.

“I’m excited about the direction that we’re heading, especially with the young players that we have,” Neil said.

“I think we have a lot of talent, and I think we’re going to be a team that is going to continue to be at the top of the league in the future.”

He was drafted by Dallas with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft.

Neil was originally selected in the second round (39th overall) by Dallas in 2006, and played his first two NHL seasons with the team.

He has not appeared in the NHL since 2010-11.

“He’s really been the most consistent guy that I’ve had on my team,” Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said.

Ruff said he believes the 22-year-old has been playing well in his second NHL season, although he acknowledged there’s a chance he could end up back with Dallas for another season.

“It’s hard to say when he’ll come back, but it’s hard not to think he’s going to come back,” Ruff said of Neil.

“You know, it’s something we’ve talked about.

We’ll see.”

Ridley was also signed to a new two-year contract in early September, but he was waived on Oct. 30.