With a roster full of new faces, it’ll be interesting to see who will rise to the top of the team’s statistics. Check out our polls over the next few days and vote on who you think will be this season’s leader in goal-scoring, assists, penalty minutes and points.
Antoine Roussel: Leading both the Dallas Stars and the Texas Stars in penalty minutes last year is nothing short of impressive for this 23-year-old Frenchman. Roussel spent most of the season post-lockout with Dallas, and racked up an astonishing 85 penalty minutes in just 39 games. He played 43 games with the Texas Stars and spent 107 total minutes in the penalty box: a good 10 minutes longer than runner-up Cameron Gaunce. Roussel is undeniably scrappy, and that ferocity had fans flocking to the fan shop for his jersey.
Brenden Dillon: Pulling into second place on the Stars roster in penalty minutes last year was Brenden Dillon. He’s big, he’s intimidating and he’s even been compared to Derian Hatcher once or twice. His January 29 battle with Jordin Tootoo cast a pretty bright spotlight on the 22-year-old’s physicality, and he didn’t disappoint as the season continued. He did spend more time on Dallas ice than Roussel, and posted 20 fewer minutes in the box, but this Canadian certainly cannot be counted out of the running for most-time-in-the-box.
Luke Gadzic: While he didn’t spend any time in Dallas gear last year, Gadzic was no stranger to the penalty box in the AHL. He wasn’t up second in the running for most minutes for the Texas Stars, but he is the next closest to put on a Dallas Stars jersey this year. In 59 games, Gadzic spent a total of 80 minutes in the penalty box, not including the team-leading 19 he spent in the sin bin during the team’s run for the Calder Cup. Since joining the Texas Stars in 2010, last year marked the only time Gadzic recorded fewer than 100 penalty minutes in a season.
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