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.
Despite playing only seven games in the NHL this season, right-winger Alex Chiasson made his presence known throughout the league. The 22-year-old Canadian was among the top five players on the team in plus/minus with a plus three, and scored a total of six points for his seven-game stint in the NHL, including two goals against San Jose and two goals against Nashville.
Chiasson was called up from Dallas’ Austin-based farm team, the Texas Stars, after the trade deadline April 2 and hit the ice in Dallas Stars gear against the Anaheim Ducks the following night. It was one of only two games the rookie wouldn’t record a point. Just two nights later, Chiasson began his point streak against the same team in the same arena with the final goal of the night.
On April 15, Chiasson took a hard hit into the boards shoulder first in Chicago just six shifts into the game, and wouldn’t return to play with Dallas for the remainder of the season.
Since recovering from his injury, Chiasson has been instrumental in pushing the Texas Stars in the AHL team’s race for the Calder Cup. In four games, the rookie has scored two goals, including the game-winning goal that pushed the Stars past the Milwaukee Admirals in round one.
While he hasn’t spent a full season with the Dallas Stars, Chiasson’s relentless drive and passion for excellence may give Stars fans just the slightest glimpse into the future of the Dallas Stars. For his impressive seven-game stint in the NHL, and his remarkable success, I give Alex Chiasson straight A’s for his 2012-2013 NHL season.
Goal scoring: A
On-ice presence and performance: A