In Kevin Connauton’s report card, I said that though his performance this past season for Dallas was pretty good, I just don’t think he is 100% ready to be managing the Stars blue line on a full-time gig.
Kevin Connauton sat in the AHL with the Texas Stars as a leading defenseman before the Stars called him up to help counteract the injuries they were faced with. He got his feet wet and dug in to the NHL. Throughout the season, Connauton was shifted in and out of the lineup, being used when he was needed or when a different defenseman was not performing up to code and the Stars needed a quick fix before the next exhibition. Connauton handled 36 games in the Stars regular season and mainly sided on the third pair with Jordie Benn or Brenden Dillon. He found himself with 1 goal scored and 7 assists tallied by the end of the season. As the postseason fancied the Stars for the first time in too long, Connauton found himself being treated to 4 appearances out of the possible 6. He never found the net or somebody’s tape and finished his first experience of the NHL playoffs empty handed.
Kevin Connauton is a very well-balanced player on the attacking side as well as in the defensive zone. But a spot on the Dallas Stars’ roster just doesn’t seem like a great fit at the current moment. With the Stars recently saying goodbye to Aaron Rome, they freed up a little cap space with good intentions for the upcoming offseason, including finding a big name defenseman. With these intentions well noted, the Stars will have a packed roster for the blue line, partially being the reason they let Rome go, considering he was the least productive of the bunch, and would not be able to offer Connauton quality playing time. With names like Sergei Gonchar, Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn, Alex Goligoski, and Trevor Daley, as well as another potential name from the FA’s or a trade, the timing is just bad, but considering Gonchar is 1 season away from the FA pool or possible retirement, then could possibly be a good time for the Stars to call him up for good.
But please, give me your ideas! Vote below to tell how YOU feel the Stars should handle Connauton’s situation in the upcoming offseason: