Good morning, Stars fans!
As you all know, the Dallas Stars made some flawless and exciting moves and changes to their lineup this offseason. With these new additions, their offense and goaltending will most assuredly flourish in the upcoming season, with their defense trying out a younger scheme that looks as though it will end up working itself out.
But a major question on all Stars’ fans minds is still this: With these trades and pickups, will the Stars power play improve?
The Dallas Stars power play saw one of it’s worst performances in franchise history last season, finishing the year ranked 23rd in the league at 15.1 percent. By the end of the year, the first line with the extra man was filled by Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Ray Whitney, Alex Chiasson, and Alex Goligoski. They cashed in more consistently as the year dwindled on, but for a long period of the beginning of the season the Stars power play suffered a drought and sat at the bottom of the barrel in last place for a portion of the year.
This year, Lindy Ruff is looking to make major improvements.
The Stars have brought in Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, both of who can significantly improve the power play. Both are right handed players, as well, something the Stars have slowly molded into the roster over the last few years.
Hemsky could very well turn out to be the right wing on the first line for the Stars extra man.
Spezza, on the other hand, is a dynamic forward when it comes to the man advantage. He ranked 26th in power play points last year among all NHL players with 22. Add one more goal to it and that comes out to be half of the Dallas Stars total PP goals last season. Also, when Spezza served under Ruff at the World Championships in 2009, their power play finished at 41.3 percent throughout the tournament. With the possibility of Spezza running the power play in the dot and Benn and Hemsky on the sides, that could move Seguin to the point and let him open fire with one timers. Seguin’s slap shot is one-of-a-kind and his accuracy is dead on, so a move to the point would be just what the Stars could use.
With the Stars starting the season at 4.3 percent on the power play at home last year, Ruff is looking for improvement. The power play defines the team in Ruff’s eyes, and he wants to figure out how to make it run smooth. It’s a challenge to find the perfect fit, but Ruff is ready to move the pieces around at a quick enough rate to get the power play on clockwork early in the year.
Will the Stars get a better looking power play this year? If so, how long will it take to put the perfect lines together?
Leave your comments and questions below, and as always, thanks for reading! Go Stars!