2014-15 record: 41-31-10 (92 points)
5th place in the Central Division, 10th place in the Western Conference
Goals For: 261
Goals Against: 260
Power Play: 19.0% (11t)
Penalty Kill: 80.7% (19)
Team Faceoff Pct: 51.8% (8)
Key Offseason Moves
2015 Top Draft Pick: Round 1 – Pick 12 – F Denis Gurianov
Additions: Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya, Antti Niemi, Stephen Johns
Subtractions: Trevor Daley, Ryan Garbutt
- Are the Stars better or worse heading into 2015-16? BETTER
Before the 2014-15 season, the Stars made a number of moves the figured to have them in the mix for a playoff spot. But an inexplicable inability to get it done on home ice (17-16-8 home record last year) was a big factor in the Stars coming up seven points short of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
There were some bright spots last year, including Jamie Benn surprising a lot of folks by winning the Art Ross Trophy. Tyler Seguin missed some time with a lower body issue but still managed to score 37 goals in 71 games; he may have pushed for the Ross himself if he’s been healthy for 80-82 games.
Dallas had no problem scoring the puck, but they couldn’t keep their opponents from scoring either. The 260 goals the Stars allowed last season was 33 more than the second-highest total in the Central Division (Colorado).
GM Jim Nill continues to show that he has a great eye for underappreciate prospects; he made a tremendous trade to get Seguin out of Boston and stole Stephen Johns out of Chicago this summer. The additions of veterans Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya will help the all-around game of the Stars, but they still lack a true top end defenseman. John Klingberg is developing into a potential stud, but he’ll need help from more than Alex Goligoski and Oduya on the blue line this year.
- Will Dallas be a playoff team this year? Maybe
Antti Niemi will need to be better than he was in San Jose and the older players on the roster – Sharp, Oduya, Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky – will need to play well for the Stars to make a serious jump into the playoffs. There’s no question they have the talent to put on a show every night, but they need to learn to win a game 2-1.