With the regular season over, it’s time for players around the league to be evaluated for their effectiveness and their value to a team. We’ll be doing the same thing throughout the month of May, and we’d love to hear your opinions on our grading.
We’ll travel through the team in numerical order this year and we’ll hit every individual that was on the roster as of Saturday April 27; the official end of the Stars season.
It was Brenden Dillon’s first full season as a Dallas Star, and he certainly made a name for himself. He had 75 shots on goal throughout the season, and though he only found the back of the net three times, he was also one of the few to find himself on the positive side of the hated plus/minus statistic with a plus-one.
Dillon had the second most penalty minutes on the team with 65, but still sat a full 20 minutes behind team-leader Antoine Roussel. His physicality and looming 6’3″ frame earned him a massive fan base that grew to respect his replacing Steve Ott as the team’s “Stick Kid” front man. He took and dished out jaw-rattling checks that few others on the young team were willing to attempt.
Along with Roussel, Reilly Smith, Alex Chaisson, Lane MacDermid, Matt Fraser, and Jordie Benn, Dillon scored the first goal of his NHL career this season, shining a huge spotlight on the team’s rookies.
Dillon ended the season with eight points and was crucial on both blue lines, keeping the puck in the attacking zone and fighting to keep it out of his own. Despite a strong presence on the line, Dillon and the other members of the defensive squad underperformed in striking fashion, affecting the 22-year-old Canadian’s grade.
Overall, Dillon has proven to be a formidable asset for the Stars, and increasing his ice-time will only intensify the threat he poses to those who challenge him. Keeping his rookie status in mind, I give Brenden Dillon a B for the season.
Goal scoring: C
On-ice presence and performance: A