Teams around the league are ramping up for the 2013-2014 season, and with training camp just a couple of weeks away, it’s time for the Dallas Stars to start building a much-needed foundation for the new team to build upon. Chemistry will be crucial for the Stars to establish as quickly as possible, and with a few veterans who have spent time playing together, it may be easier than it sounds.
Jamie Benn is sure to take a significant leadership role this season, whether he’s named the team’s new captain or not. Benn has long been recognized as an individual with impressive leadership qualities and seems to have an on-ice personality his teammates respect and enjoy. His performance during training camp will undeniably play a huge role in how smoothly things operate during the regular season.
The addition of Sergei Gonchar to Dallas’ devensive squad during the offseason drew nods from Stars fans and analysts around the league. The thought of putting him alongside veterans like Stephane Robidas and Alex Goligoski seems a prime opportunity for many of the devensive struggles to take an up-swing.
An aspect that has proven to be a sore subject for Benn, and surely for many of the Stars’ more skilled and experienced players, is the reality of being left out of the 2014 Olympic Games. But when it comes to Team USA, the desire to skate on the “Big Ice” may have lost a little of its appeal after Nike released the team’s jerseys.