2011-2012 Preview: The Dallas Stars

Posted: September 9, 2011 by cujorulesdtown9 in Dallas Stars, Season Preview
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Review of 2010-2011: 42-29-11, 95 Points, 9th In Western Conference, Missed Playoffs

Key additions via free agency: Adam Pardy, Radek Dvorak, Vernon Fiddler, Michael Ryder, Sheldon Souray, Eric Godard

Key additions via trade: None

Key losses: Brandon Segal, Karlis Skrastins, Brian Sutherby, Brad Richards, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Williams, Jeff Woywitka

Michael Ryder (Photo:AP)

Offense: Dallas easily lost its biggest piece this offseason in Brad Richards. While it does hurt, Dallas has the offensive tools to move forward.  And with new additions such as Radek Dvorak, Vernon Fiddler and Michael Ryder, they should be able to make up the points they miss without Richards.  Michael Ryder also brings his powerplay skill to the Stars powerplay that ranked 14th in the NHL.  If Eriksson, Morrow, and Ribiero put up seasons similar to last, you might not even notice Brad Richards missing.  They should be rolling with a solid offensive threat constantly on the ice, even in the 4th line Dowell and Burish are threats to score for Dallas.

Defense:The defense for Dallas looks to be… interesting to say the least. Alex Goligoski looks to lead the way in defensive scoring this year. The enigma of the defense came via free agency as Sheldon Souray signed with the team. He looks to get his game back, but he’s going to have to work hard to get back to his 50 point days. His shot will be a nice compliment to the blue line as Dallas doesn’t seem to have too many shooting defensemen. Trevor Daley and Stephane Robidas look to be the other real point getting defensemen for Dallas, no reason they shouldn’t each get 30 points this year.  Adam Pardy and Nicklas Grossman look to round out the defense, not really expecting much production out of them on the ice this season. However, The Stars are looking to improve their 23rd ranked PK, which could very well happen this season.

Goaltender: Kari Lehtonen is going into his 2nd full season as The Stars starting goaltender, he should provide good enough goaltending for Dallas this season (He went 34-24-11 last season). While he isn’t as flashy as some, he gets the job done when it needs to be done. His backup Andrew Raycroft, is servicable at times, and as long as Lehtonen is healthy, there shouldn’t be any issues in the Dallas pipes. Not the greatest of duos, but they should be good enough.

Prediction: 4th In Pacific Division, 12th In Western Conference

 While Dallas won’t be too bad off without Brad Richards, It is hard to imagine them battling for a playoff spot this year. With other teams in the west getting better, Dallas didn’t do too much to keep up. And with the potential ownership issues, you have to wonder how much thought is going on for the on ice product as compared to the business of the team.

Loui Eriksson (Photo: Getty Images)

Standout Player: Loui Eriksson

This guy has made an impact since coming into the league, look for him to crack the 80 point mark, and possibly the 40 goal mark. His powerplay work should really help him rack up the points this year.

  1. Dan MacNeal says:

    Prediction seems about right. Was tough trying to keep up via FA (or spending money regardless) with the ownership stuff going on

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