Dallas has just about hit the midseason mark, so now’s as good a time as any to take a look at the players on this team and hand out some grades.
38 GP, 21 G, 20 A, 41 P, +8 rating, 4 PIM, 117 SOG, 5 PPG, 5 PPA, 19:18 TOI/G
We all knew Seguin would be good but I’m not sure anyone expected him to be this good. He’s been the Stars best player so far this year by a wide margin, and he’s on pace to blow away all of his previous career highs in numerous offensive categories.
His vision on the ice has led to some incredible passes and his shot is better than previously thought. His goal against the Canadiens was an absolute thing of beauty. Even better? He’s had no off-ice issues to speak off and has a great rapport with Jamie Benn and Val Nichushkin. His defense is still a work in progress but he’s shown vast improvement in that area and works hard to help out the defense.
He’s in the top 12 in points, top 10 in goals in the league and leads the forwards on this team in ice time per game.
Midseason Grade: A+
40 GP, 14 G, 22 A, 36 P, +4 rating, 26 PIM, 130 SOG, 2 PPG, 5 PPA, 18:43 TOI/G
How nice it must be to be Jamie Benn. He’s got the captaincy, a brand new playmaking machine in Seguin and youngsters like Nichushkin and Chiasson lining up on the other wing. Like Seguin, Benn is also heading for new career highs and returning to wing has sparked his game even more. There were some massive defensive issues at the start of the year but it’s been much better in the past month. He and Seguin have taken over games and carried the Stars offense to wins this season.
Midseason Grade: A
39 GP, 8 G, 13 A, 21 P, +14 rating, 6 PIM, 66 SOG, 1 PPG, 1 PPA, 15:20 TOI/G
It was a rough start for Val. Eight points in the first two months was not a good sign for the young Russian. However, things picked up in November and he’s been a tear ever since with 13 points in 16 games. He’s re-introduced himself into the Calder watch.
The crowning moment of his career is still his Christmas video though.
The Olympic break should help prevent from hitting any type of rookie wall and I’m expecting Val to be around 50 points by season’s end. The only issues he has come on the defensive end of the ice.
Midseason Grade: B
40 GP, 8 G, 11 A, 19 P, -3 rating, 12 PIM, 70 SOG, 2 PPG, 2 PPA, 17:25 TOI/G
It’s been a good half-year so far for the Ginger Ninja. He’s already hit a career high in goals and is seven away from a new high in assists. He’s been one of the team’s most versatile forwards. He’s second among the forwards on the team in PK time (nine seconds less than Roussel) and also racking up some ample time on the PP. He’s been a solid, constant presence in the lineup and has yet to miss a game in his Stars career.
Midseason Grade: B