We’re going to take a look at each NHL team, breaking down every new addition and subtraction, as well as promising prospects.
Today, we take a look at the Dallas Stars.
By: Nick Richter (@PensNation_Nick)
Free Agents Signed
Free Agents Lost
Jack Campbell – G
Brett Pollock – C
Brett Richie – RW
Jason Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson to Dallas for Ottawa’s Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicolas Paul and a 2015 second-round pick.
The Dallas Stars look to continue their quick rebuild the team started last year when they brought in Jim Nill as the team’s General Manager. Nill made a huge splash in the offseason trading for Jason Spezza to help solidify their top-six. The addition of Spezza provides Dallas with a nice one-two punch down the middle – something they desperately needed last season. The Stars also added Ales Hemsky to the mix after Hemsky was unable to reach an agreement with Ottawa. Hemsky will round out one of the nicest top lines in the NHL with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
Benn is easily the most under appreciated players in the NHL. If he played in the Eastern Conference, especially in New York or Toronto, he would be a household name. Last season, as a rookie, Valeri Nichushkin notched 34 points (14-G; 20-A). Nichushkin will likely improve on those numbers with Spezza centering him, so look for big things there.
The defense still has a ways to go and will be an area that Nill will hope to address by the trade deadline. The defensive depth chart is sandwiched by former Penguins Alex Goligoski and Sergei Gonchar – perhaps a perfect landing spot for Rob Scuderi, Mark Eaton and Josef Melichar. I kid, I kid…
Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Ales Hemsky
Erik Cole-Jason Spezza-Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt
Vernon Fiddler-Shawn Horcoff-Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski-Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon-Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton-Sergei Gonchar