Projecting Lines: Dallas Stars
It is that time of year… just a few months out from the beginning of October which means the start of a new NHL season. This offseason was a busy one, so this series will tackle the projecting starting lineups for each NHL team.
Have the stars finally aligned? Will the cosmos be nice to Dallas this year? Jim Nill for sure thinks so. He went all out this off season making the biggest splashes out of every NHL club. A few key additions up front will help bolster this high flying offensive dynamo. If I had to bet on a team to make the biggest climb in the standings from last year – it would be this squad. Every defensive core should be shaking when they see the Stars are coming up on their schedule. The real question is… can Radulov re-create the spice he had last year? Will he do even better? I for one am excited to see this roster hit the ice in early October.
L, C, R
Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov
Martin Hanzal, Jason Spezza, Brett Ritchie
Antione Roussel, Radek Faksa, Devin Shore
Curtis McKenzie, Mattias Janmark, Tyler Pitlick
*Brian Flynn, Adam Cracknell
The Stars may have landed the best off season acquisition on defense next the New York Rangers of course. Insert Marc Methot to play along side of the offensive minded John Kilngberg and you have got yourself a nice recipe for success. Follow that up with some veteran presence and some budding prospects… yep – this team will be good.
Marc Methot, John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis, Esa Lindell
Jamie Oleksiak, Stephen Johns
*Julius Honka, Patrik Nemeth
Return of the monster. New city, new team, and a defined number one role. It must have been difficult for Ben Bishop to perform at the top of his game last season knowing that Andrei Vasilevskiy was right tight on his heels waiting to pounce on that number one spot. The expansion draft had the Tampa Bay Lightning in a chokehold for their goalies so they dealt Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings to ensure only protecting their future goaltender. This led to Bishop seeing backup minutes on a non-playoff team… crazy right. Well, overall the giant should have a bounce back season and make some waves in the Western Conference. Oh and not to mention the Stars also have the most expensive backup goaltender in the league in Kari Lehtonen. The over $10 million combo should finally solve the mystery that has been the blue paint in the Dallas Stars zone.