Sunday, September 12, 2010
2010-11 Preview: Dallas Stars
2010-11 Prediction 13th Western Conference
The Stars finished the 2009-10 season in 12th place in the Western Conference with a 37-31-14 record and 88 points. The Stars let two longtime team leaders in Mike Modano and Marty Turco walk away during the off-season. They traded for G Kari Lehtonen last season at the deadline and will rely on him to take over full time in goal this season. There is a good mix of youth and experience on the roster but the youth will still need another season before the Stars can expect to return to the Playoffs. Forwards James Neal and Jamie Benn will need to step up big in order for the offense to continue to improve. The Stars are very young on the defensive side of the puck as well and need to improve of their 23rd overall ranking from last season. Unfortunately for the fans in Dallas it is going to be a rebuilding season and they should expect some trades to be made to bring in an experienced defensemen or two.
Player to Watch: F Jamie Benn