Earlier this morning, we took a look at Jason Robertson and what could he realistically do next season. Let’s continue our series today by looking at one of the biggest veteran leaders on the team Joe Pavelski. I remember when he joined the Dallas Stars as he was looking to win a Stanley Cup and he thought that the Dallas Stars were the best option for him and his family.
He has done so many wonderful things for this team and the DFW Metroplex. He took in and mentored rookie Wyatt Johnston last season and will probably do the same thing this season as well. I think the entire city of Dallas wanted to fight Matt Dumba after he knocked out Joe Pavelski in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.
The entire metroplex was hoping that the Stars would fight through adversity so that way he would get a shot to play in the playoffs. Well, Pavelski got to do that and dropped four goals in the first game back against the Seattle Kraken. Let’s take a look back at his season stats from last season and what he can realistically do this season.
Joe Pavelski had a breakout season last year at the age of 38. He recorded 37 goals and 54 assists in both the regular season and playoffs combined. If we take a look at his linemates and the fact he is getting older, I could see a bit of a decrease in his production this upcoming season. I could see him recording around 30 goals and maybe 40 assists next season. I’m not trying to bring down the mood but his linemates are probably going to carry most of the offense next season.
Joe Pavelski is a team player and I could see him still having a good season next year. But Stars’ fans should lower their expectations some considering his age. He isn’t going to go out there and drop 50 goals like Robertson did a year ago. I would be surprised if Pavelski came close to 37 goals again this upcoming season. But it’s highly unlikely that he will come close to that.