With only a couple of month left until the start of the NHL season, it is time to start considering potential lines that we may see for the Dallas Stars’ upcoming season. The following is my predictions as to the top four lines for next season. The numbers for each player are beside their names for your viewing convenience:
The top line consisting of Benn, Seguin, and Nichushkin is unique compared to the other lines in that the average age is 21 years. Of the 12 forwards that are projected to make the team, the average age is over 27. Line two with Horcoff and Whitney is the highest, averaging out at almost 33 years.
The only concern with the top line seems to be that they may lack experience. However, Jamie Benn (potential candidate for the new Dallas Stars captain) proved to be Dallas’ most consistent forward last season. Seguin, acquired in a 7-player trade, recently had a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals with the Boston Bruins. His points per game were highly analyzed, despite being kept to the third line throughout the playoffs. Nichushkin has caught attention from Dallas’ coach and GM due to his high maturity level at just 18 years of age.
What the Stars lack in age for their top line, they make up for in game-sense. All three players have been described as aggressive, two-way players. This seems to be a motif in recent Stars acquisitions as they move towards a ‘north-south’ style of hockey.
Colton Sceviour: Sceviour played one game last season with Dallas. In that game he had one assist and finished with a plus-minus rating of -1. For the Texas Stars last season, he led the team with 52 points in 62 games. In the event of any injuries at the center position for Dallas, Sceviour would definitely be a shoe-in to step into the Dallas lineup. At the age of 24, Sceviour also has the potential to play in Dallas for several years to come.
Alex Chiasson: Chiasson had a vital (and surprising) role in the near-playoff push at the end of last season. If the coaching staff chooses to leave Chiasson on the Texas Stars’ roster, it is going to be a really tough decision. Last season he played seven games with the Dallas Stars. In those seven games, he scored 6 goals and had 1 assist (plus-minus rating of +3). In 57 games with the Texas Stars, Chiasson had 35 points. As a race for the right wing position develops, there may be some rearranging to the lineup in order to incorporate Chiasson as a season-starter for the Dallas Stars.
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