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 a split season for Tom Wandell, who skated in 18 NHL and 11 AHL games this year. It was the first season Wandell skated in fewer than 20 NHL games since joining the Dallas Stars in 2008 and his first season with the Texas Stars.
Wandell was a member of various Swedish and Finnish leagues since 2002, when he was just 15-years-old. Just a year before heading to the U.S., Wandell scored 19 goals and 20 assists in 41 games for career highs in goals, assists and points. In 2007, became a member of the Iowa Stars, and played alongside well-known Dallas Stars like Loui Eriksson, James Neal and Mark Fistric. When the Stars franchise left Iowa in 2008, Wandell headed to Idaho where he played for the organization’s ECHL affiliate, the Steelheads. He scored three goals in his three games as a Steelhead.
Things have slowed down significantly for Wandell since heading for the AHL, and this season was no different. In nearly 30 games combined, he recorded just a single point in the NHL and four points in the AHL. Wandell’s point for Dallas was the game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators on April 12, and all four points for Austin came from assists. He closed out the season in Dallas at zero in the plus/minus but posted a final minus four for Texas.
Because of his struggles throughout the year, in both the NHL and AHL, and across the board in general statistics, I give Tom Wandell a D for the 2012-2013 season.
Goal scoring: D
On-ice presence and performance: D
UPDATE: With an expiring contract in hand at the close of the 2012-2013 season, Wandell left the U.S. and the Stars organization to pursue a career in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. On May 3, 2013, he became a member of HC Spartak Moscow.