It seems as though the last off season happened ages ago. The Stars were relatively busy come July 1st making fast transactions and signings. In this regard there are some new faces to suit up for the team and they just may be the next big thing in Dallas.
1. Jaromir Jagr
After 3 year long hiatus, Jagr made his return to the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers. Although he is getting up there in age, Jagr proved that he still a menace on the ice. Playing 77 games, he managed to notch 54 points. Considering he had been away from the NHL game so long, those numbers aren’t that bad at all. In the locker room Jagr is a natural born leader stemming from his time in Philadelphia as well as Pittsburgh. His presence in the room is more then enough encouragement for some of the younger guys to look up too. His $4.55 million one year contract was definitely a steal.
2. Ray Whitney
Another one who’s been around the block more then once. But don’t let the age fool you. Whitney was outstanding for Phoenix scoring up 77 points in 82 games and lead the team into the Stanley Cup final. With one Stanley Cup under his belt already with Carolina, Whitney is another leader in the dressing room. He is also one of 79 players to score a minimum of 1,000 regular season points in their career. He’s the boost the Stars need.
3. Radek Faksa
Faksa was selected 13th overall in the 2012 last entry draft. The Kitchener Rangers have had the pleasure of molding this flying Czech for the past two years. Last year he lead the Ontario Hockey League in scoring at one point and finished with 67 points in 62 games with a plus minus of 19. Faksa signed an entry level contract with the Stars and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in one of these 48 games.
4. Jamie Benn
Although, Benn spent the lockout in shape with the Hamburg Freezers of the German Elite League expect him to come into his own and have a break out season. In Germany he played 19 games and averaged just over a point a game. If that is any evidence to what he could have done with the Stars in the first half of the season, I don’t know what is. He’s still in game mode and ready to go.
The 48 game season will prove to be a punishing one with games coming at you at a feverish pace. Without getting into goaltending, these are the few key players Dallas is riding on to start the season with a punch.
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