Sifting through the new players added via free agency and the current players on the team, this year’s preseason camps and preseason itself could be very fun to watch. The Dallas Stars had some turn-over because of free agent additions and letting a couple of guys go, and now they possibly have eight defensemen that could be at the NHL level or fans may want to see with the team.
While the team did not bring in a top two blueliner like we all dreamed they could or like we all know this team needs, they did add a couple of guys to the backline. Sheldon Souray could bring a lot to the table for the contract they signed him to. Before the last couple of seasons in Edmonton he was a good addition to any team, and still probably is. Things did not go well for either side while he was there and by the time he wanted out, it didn’t happen. He has a cannon-shot from the point that could be great for the second powerplay unit, and is not afraid to play physical a little. He should have something to prove and he is getting a chance for a fresh start. Look for him to probably play on the 2nd line or sometimes 3rd.
The other addition is the one that I am trying to figure out. Adam Pardy is a defensive/physical defensemen, but he doesn’t really provide a lot in my opinion. He played the last couple years in Calgary and was not high on their depth chart at all there either. Looking down the roster, you have your top five in Goligoski, Robidas, Daley, Grossman, and Souray. That leaves two young guys that play similar styles in Pardy and Mark Fistric to compete for the sixth spot, and I would almost rather put Fistric in the lineup. He has improved over the last few seasons, and looks to be coming along nicely. But the team keeps leaving him at the bottom of the depth chart. Then on top of that, if this is a partial growing and learning season, where does prospect Philip Larsen fit in? I thought that he might get a shot this season to see some time at the NHL level, but now the team has a pretty set seven man rotation with the 7th man possibly being a player making $2 million a season. So that leaves Larsen in the 8th spot unless he has a stellar camp and preseason in the next few months.
They may not have jumped up a lot in talent, but I would say the depth has improved for the defense. Now it’s a matter of figuring out who plays and who sits, and what happens now for Larsen.