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 an extremely uneventful NHL season for Toby Petersen, who played only one game in a Dallas jersey this year; the fewest since he joined Dallas in 2007, and the fewest in his NHL career. Since his NHL debut in 2000, Petersen has worn jerseys for the Penguins, Oilers and the Stars.
In total, Petersen spent just under seven minutes of time on the ice for Dallas on March 31; a game that ended with 3-2 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Only two members of the Dallas Stars spent less time on the ice, Colton Sceviour and Francis Wathier, who also spent only one game in a Dallas jersey. Petersen has been a positive contributor to Dallas’ success since he joined the team, and was responsible for 18 goals in the past four seasons with the Stars. He also contributed almost 40 points in both goals and assists.
Petersen spent the year with the Texas Stars, Dallas’ Austin-based farm team, and missed only two games of the team’s 76-game season, closing out the season as the most-played member on Texas’ roster. Despite posting a minus 18 in the plus/minus, Petersen scored eight goals off of 156 shots launched on net and recorded 16 assists throughout the team’s regular season. Despite playing in all nine games the Stars played in the Calder Cup playoffs, Petersen was unable to record either a goal or an assist, and finished minus three in the post-season.
With Petersen’s performance in the NHL being all but impossible to grade, his statistics from his season Austin will determine his standing for the season. Since Texas Stars games are not televised, and because games in Austin weren’t attended in person, Petersen’s on-ice presence and performance will not be graded. Because of his overall performance for the season and his plus/minus struggles, I give Toby Petersen a C plus for the 2012-2013 AHL/NHL season.
Goal scoring: B
On-ice presence and performance: N/A