Making the Grade: Stephane Robidas

Mar 3, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas (3) prepares to face the St. Louis Blues at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Blues 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Stephane Robidas

This year was the lowest scoring year for the Canadian since 2007. From an NHL high of 10 goals in the 2009-2010 season to just one goal this season, Robidas’ statistics highlight what appears to be true throughout the team; this machine is not firing on all its cylinders.

Despite trailing in goals scored, Robidas was on par to outperform his previous years in assists with 12 in the short season’s 48 games, or a safe-to-assume 20-plus if the season had gone the full 82.

Robidas was one of only 11 individuals to end the season with positive points, and though it was a miniscule two-plus, the team high was only a four-plus.

Defense struggled significantly this season and was the cause of far too many of the Stars’ major issues, so it’s hard to say any member of the defensive squad deserves an A plus. Turnovers at the blue line and an inability to leave lanes clear of opponents in front of Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman affected all of Dallas’ d-men, including the much-adored Robidas.

On the positive side, the 5’11” 36-year-old played in every game post-lockout along with only four other season-long players for Dallas. It’s the first season since 2009 Robidas played through the season. Robi was also one of three men on the team to wear the “A” after the trade of former captain Brenden Morrow, and his commanding presence on the ice made him a force to be reckoned with. The only individuals who spent more time in the penalty box than Robidas were Antoine Roussel, Brenden Dillon and Eric Nystrom.

In recognition of his strengths and acknowledging his struggles, I give Stephane Robidas a B for the season. As is my feeling regarding many other Stars players, I anticipate much more from Robidas next season, and have a strong feeling his performance in 2013-2014 will be what his fans are more accustomed to: more scoring, more scuffles and more success.

Goal scoring: D

Assists: B

Plus/Minus: A

On-ice presence and performance: A

Topics: Dallas Stars, Hockey, NHL, Stephane Robidas

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