Regular Season: Like the Flames, the Stars cleaned house of some older veterans and started a youth movement. The Stars are a little better off, having brought in some established players who have NHL pedigree, including Tyler Seguin.
Playoffs: The Stars finished 11th in the Western Conference, 7 points out of the playoffs.
Ready To Make The Jump: F Valeri Nichushkin
BIG 3 FACTORS
1. Old Dogs: Despite trading Brenden Morrow and Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline, the Stars still have older players in the form of Ray Whitney, Sergei Gonchar and Shawn Horcoff. There is a big gap between those players and the young up and comers.
2. Seguin: The Stars’ big acquisition, they traded one of their best players for the young star who could turn out to be great but fell out of favor in Boston with off-ice issues. If he can get his head on straight he could lead the Stars resurgence.
PROGNOSIS: The turnaround will happen, but it won’t be overnight. The Stars will struggle out of the gate with all the new faces, and the likes of Whitney and Gonchar aren’t getting any younger.
PREDICTION: 7th in Central Division
We will be previewing every NHL team ahead of Training Camp which for most teams will begin on Sept 11th. As a twist, we will be unveiling our teams in reverse order to how I predict they will finish in the standings. Here is the schedule (you can click on a team name to see the preview for that team):
|1||Sept 9||Sept 8||Sept 7||Sept 6|
|2||Sept 5||Sept 4||Sept 3||Sept 2|
|3||Sept 1||Aug 31||Aug 30||Aug 29|
|4||Aug 28||Aug 27||Aug 26||Aug 25|
|5||Aug 24||Aug 23||Aug 22||Aug 21|
|6||Aug 20||Aug 19||Aug 18||Aug 17|
|7||Aug 16||Aug 15||Stars||Flames|