I’d like to start by thanking the Carolyn and Merrin for sharing their blog space. As a regular reader, it’s a pleasure to have something I’ve written mixed in with all the great work the Bearded Ladies do. I’ll leave the pleasantries at that – short and sweet.
The Dallas Stars have hijacked the offseason news cycle.
Tyler Seguin posed for his now-infamous Zamboni photo. Jamie Benn’s love life commentary drew myriad puns on social media. The Stars inked over-qualified backup goaltender Antti Niemi. The team swooped in to capitalize on the Blackhawks’ cap squeeze, snagging Patrick Sharp in trade and signing defenseman Johnny Oduya away from the reigning champs.
But all of these events are well-known. Carolyn and Merrin cover all your Stars needs while Twitter, ESPN, and TSN do a great job providing everything from hot takes to Scott Cullen’s industry-leading analysis.
Instead, I intend to walk through some analytics to help uncover the Stars that haven’t shone brightly this summer. As Dallas looks forward to advancing its re-worked roster through the playoffs next season, it could be the play of several lesser-known skaters that helps provide the push the team needs.
While everyone is comfortable with celebrating the likes of Art Ross champion Benn and Zamboni-enthusiast Seguin, the secret power of the Dallas Stars is in the team’s underrated group of secondary players. Skaters like Jason Demers, Jordie Benn, and Colton Sceviour don’t grab the Dallas headlines, sure, but this trio of underrated contributors will be vital to powering the Stars to the postseason in 2015-16.