Wow, what a day it was to be a Dallas Stars fan! GM Jim Nill finally swung the blockbuster deal we were all anxiously awaiting. Just before noon eastern time, Nill acquired Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators for Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nick Paul and a 2015 second round pick.
So, who is Jason Spezza? What should we expect from this guy?
Born: Missausaga, Ontario, Canada
Dimensions: 6 Foot 3, 220 pounds
What do the Stars get with Jason Spezza?
Spezza came into the league in the 2002 season and has been an absolute stud since. Spezza is an incredible offensive threat who has the size, playmaking ability, and speed to compete in the Western conference. Spezza features a sinister wrister when used, and will assuredly improve the Stars powerplay. Spezza has played first line minutes for his entire career, while posting two ninety point seasons. He will be summoned into a second line role where he will likely flourish when not playing against the other team’s best players.
Who will he likely play with?
Spezza is likely to play with his old Senators teammate Ales Hemsky, who he created incredible chemistry with late in the 2014 season. His left winger is yet to be determined, but my feeling is Erik Cole will have the inside edge to start the season. Texas Star, Brett Ritchie, will likely also get a look.
What will be his biggest impact?
Jason Spezza is such a dynamic player that it is tough to determine what his single biggest impact on the Stars may be. He will help to take the offensive load off Tyler Seguin, while also adding some much needed leadership to a young team. Those are very important upgrades; however, Spezza’s impact on the powerplay may be his most important. Over the past couple of seasons, the Stars powerplay has struggled mightily. It was a facet of their game that was single-handedly determining outcomes. In too many instances in years past, the Stars were unable to bury teams with late powerplays, or even jump all over teams who came out of the gate undisciplined. Spezza is a powerplay specialist who is sure to improve this aspect of their game. His ability to anticipate and see plays happening before they develop is exactly what the Stars need. When the powerplay struggled in years past, it was often due to a lack of movement from the players on the ice. Spezza specifically addresses this problem with offensive awareness and creativity that keeps him moving at all times. If Spezza isn’t sending succulent saucer passes across the box on the powerplay this season, he will assuredly be using his sinister wrister to improve a previous weakness in the Stars game.
This is a player that all Stars fans should be excited to watch!
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