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.
Trevor Daley was statistically on par for the season, but he seemed to struggle in areas that statistics don’t cover, like blue line turnovers and accidentally scoring on your own goal. But the season wasn’t a wash for Daley, and with Brenden Dillon and Stephane Robidas, he was one of the few to sit on the positive side of the plus/minus.
Daley certainly wasn’t the brightest light on the defensive side of the Stars, but he was able to produce when necessary. Despite sending only 58 pucks to the net, he likely would’ve given his NHL career-best in goals a run for its money had it been a regular 82-game season, scoring four in the 44 games he played. He wasn’t chasing after his best year when it came to assists, but it wouldn’t have been his worst either with a recorded nine.
Physicality was not a big part of Daley’s game this year, with the 29-year-old Canadian spending only 14 minutes in the penalty box. From the defensive squad, only Jordie Benn, who played slightly more than half of the games Daley did, spent less time in the box with 10 penalty minutes. Of course seeing your defensemen off the ice for a stint can be intimidating, but when you have a rock star goalie like Kari Lehtonen, pushing and shoving shouldn’t be such a daunting activity.
In total, Daley recorded 13 points for the season, putting him in line with his past 70-to-80-game seasons.
As a huge fan of defensive play, and a huge fan of Derian Hatcher, it’s hard for me to feel Daley’s performance this season was memorable and impressive. Sure, looking at his numbers, he was tracking to produce according to his performance in previous years. But this franchise has made it clear it’s looking for something new, something fresh, something explosive. And when you have a young, strong, made-a-name-for-himself defenseman like Brenden Dillon who gained a huge fan base this season, it’s hard to say this year was a good one for Daley, who merely kept the pace of his career. For these reasons, I’m giving Trevor Daley a C for the 2012-2013 season.
Goal scoring: C
On-ice presence and performance: D