Dillon was the single biggest and best surprise from last season. Entering the year fans were hoping that he would be a solid contributor. Dillon ended up being best defenseman on the team and was getting top-pair minutes by the latter stages of the season.
He was largely (and criminally) ignored in the Calder conversation though, so he’s still largely an unknown in the league. Stars fans know how good he is though and will be expecting even more out of him this season.
With the addition of Sergei Gonchar this offseason, Dillon will start the year out most likely as the second pair d-man with Stephane Robidas. He’ll still be the defensive stalwart though on this team, and his physical play will be counted on to help protect Lehtonen.
Expectations are high for Dillon this season. Expect him to deliver and lead the team in hits and be top three in ice time.
2013-2014 Prediction: 82 GP, 6 G, 8 A, 14 Pts, +4 rating, 148 PIM
All things considered, last season was probably Goose’s best year in a Stars jersey. He was just three points away (27) from matching his offensive output in 2011-2012 despite playing 24 fewer games. He looked more comfortable at the blue line and quarterbacked the power play with more efficiency (11 PPA).
It’s still not what the Stars were hoping to get out of him though, and he’s really going to need to step it up this season. He gets a new partner in Gonchar, someone he is familiar with during their time in Pittsburgh and someone he has looked comfortable with during the preseason.
With the influx in offensive skill to the team this year, Goose will be expected to put up points in bunches as he’ll most likely be leading the team in minutes and time on the power play.
He had a good year during a critical season in his career last year, and it’s time for him to keep stepping up his game.
2013-2014 Prediction: 78 GP, 12 G, 47 A, 59 Pts, +8 rating, 34 PIMno comments