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 tough season for 29-year-old Canadian Aaron Rome, who made his NHL debut in Anaheim six years ago. On the first day of free agency, the Dallas Stars picked up the defenseman and signed him to a three-year contract.
After playing in 43 games and last year with the Vancouver Canucks, Rome hit the ice only 27 times this with the Stars this season. While in Vancouver, Rome racked up four goals and six assists, finishing the season with a career-high 10 points.
A groin injury in January caused him to miss out on the season opener. Later that month, a bout of the flu kept him sidelined and a broken foot in late February left him on injured reserve for 13 games. At the beginning of the month, rumors began swirling Rome may require hip surgery.
In his 27 games, Rome recorded five assists, finishing the season just one shy of his NHL-best. He also spent 18 minutes in the penalty box, encouraging the facet of his game that he became well-known for with Vancouver; the enforcer. He closed out the season at negative two in the plus/minus.
It’s hard to say how Rome’s season would’ve wound up had it gone the full 82 games, but it’s safe to say he would’ve provided some much-needed physicality and execute blue line dominance that the Stars have lacked in bulk the past few seasons.
Regardless, Rome will have the opportunity to shine next season, barring any further injury or ailment in the offseason.
Because of his injury-plagued season, it’s difficult to accurately grade Rome’s season. But taking into account his successes and struggles during the 27 games he was able to participate in, I give Aaron Rome a C+ for the season.
Goal scoring: C
On-ice presence and performance: A