Today the Dallas Stars had a couple of pieces of news happen for the team. First the Stars had one of their players named as a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy. Most of you will remember that fellow linemate Brad Richards was nominated last season for the Lady Byng and finished as the runner-up for the award. The Byng is awarded to the NHL player that exemplifies sportsmanship and great conduct while playing at a high level. Eriksson is one of three finalists along with last season’s winner Martin St. Louis of the Lightning and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings.
While I predict that St. Louis wins it again after having an amazing year with 99 points and only 12 penalty minutes, sometimes the upset can happen. The award is one that is voted on and anyone can win. St. Louis won last season over Richards, and this year faces two men that have never won. Lidstrom could be the first D-man since 1954 to win the award, and we all know his level of play and talent. He put up 62 points against only 20 penalty minutes while anchoring the Detroit defense and playing in every situation. Loui of course has been the budding winger for the Stars for a few seasons now and slowly keeps putting up better numbers every season. But it is how he does it that is getting him some recognition now. He scored 73 points this season for a career high and had 10 powerplay goals, while only getting called for 8 PIMs. That is astounding, when taking in to account that many players get called for questionable calls from time to time. So taking eight penalty minutes in 79 games played and starting to get recognized as a great forward in both zones is not a small feat.
In other news today, the Stars signed one of their former draft picks to an entry-level contract. Dallas signed Patrik Nemeth to a three year entry-level deal after drafting him in the 2nd round (41st overall) last summer. The Swedish defender is 19 and played in the Swedish Elite League this last season. He has size at 6-3 and 212 pounds, and is a defensive blueliner who has good stats in international competitions and formerly playing at the junior level in Sweden. Here is the press release from the Stars: Story.