So, another boring poll is here. Oh well, please vote! It helps me out a lot!
In Jordie Benn’s report card, I said that the Stars needed to hold on to him as long as they could, considering the numbers he put up while playing DEFENSE were stellar. He is on his way to becoming one of the top NHL defenders.
Jordie Benn spent his lockout season mainly on the Texas Stars blue line, though he spent some time helping out the cause in Big D, scoring 1 goal and finding 5 assists. After an injury-void filling season in 2012-13, he was ready to glide with the big kids and found a new, hopefully permanent home in Dallas with the Stars. Benn mainly partnered up with Sergei Gonchar and Brenden Dillon. He played 78 of a possible 82 games in the 2013-14 regular season. He netted 3 goals on the year along with 17 assists on an average of 19 minutes on the ice per night. Though these numbers are not pleasing to the eye, they are acceptable for a defenseman who is still finding his feet in the big leagues. And those numbers can only get better with each coming year.
Benn’s playoff appearance fits perfectly with what I said regarding the true job of defenders. He played through all 6 of the Stars playoff games and came out with no goals and 3 assists. But his balanced, very similar to Connauton’s, just a little more advanced, is what the Stars need him focusing on going forward, not playoff numbers.
Jordie Benn is sitting on a pretty deal with the Stars, low salary of $650K and two more years remaining. He is a constant threat and plays the two-way game exceptionally. With his offensive-minded blue line management, the Stars are lucky to have such a young dual threat defender.
But that’s how I feel. Now you can say what YOU want! Click your vote in on the poll below regarding how you feel the Stars should manage Jordie Benn this offseason: