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.
In what became one of the most controversial trades of the Dallas Stars season, Lane MacDermid and a conditional first round draft pick were acquired from the Boston Bruins in return for then-leading- goal-scorer Jaromir Jagr. Despite only hitting Dallas ice only six times this season, he skated in more games as a Stars in the month of April alone than he had in either of his previous years in Boston.
The 23-year-old MacDermid hit the ice just a day after being traded, and made quick work of showing Dallas fans his potential. He scored back-to-back goals in his first two games in a Stars jersey, and spent nine minutes in the penalty box, reinforcing the scrappy reputation he began establishing in his three games in Boston this season. After his break-out start, MacDermid spent nearly two weeks sidelined after suffering a chest injury.
Upon his return, MacDermid only spent 20 minutes on the ice in the final four games of the season, and didn’t take a single shot on goal through 35 shifts. He was one of the few members of the Stars roster to close out the season on the positive side of the plus/minus with a plus one.
It’s difficult to determine how the season would’ve turned out had MacDermid started with the Stars, or had the season gone the full 82 games. His ability to score in his first two games as a Star indicate he may be right place at the right time, and with a team that values his youth and talent combined.
Despite the short season, and taking into account the injury that kept him off the bench, I give Lane MacDermid a B for his month-long stint on Dallas Stars ice.
Goal scoring: A
On-ice presence and performance: A