The Dallas Stars General manager had some work to do this off season by trading a few great players to get under the salary cap but is happy with the outcome. The stars had to let go and Elite player in Evgeni Malkin but ended up with the best rated goalie in the league in Ben Bishop. The stars also lost Ristolainen and Henrique who had been key players for the stars. So here is a look at the new faces in Dallas for this upcoming season.
- Ben Bishop : Standing at 6 feet 7 inches big Ben covers a lot of net and is very agile for his size. The 32 year old is coming off his best seasons in the NHL posting a 1.98 GAA with a 0.934save % in 46 appearances in the net for the stars. The only issue with the former 3rd round pick is injuries. If Bishop can become more durable I can see him being in nets for the stars for many years to come. The NEFHL stars could not be happier to have acquired this netminder.
- Gustav Nyquist: Nyquist will have a Top 6 role in Columbus (NHL) this season and be counted on to produce on the Blue Jackets powerplay. This can mean an increase in production from his 22 goals and 38 assists split between the Redwings and the Sharks last season. This is what the GM of the stars is counting on so that he can have better ratings for the 20-21 season. The former 4th round pick in the NHL will occupy the second line for the Stars in NEFHL and definitely see some powerplay time.
- Cody Ceci: Bye Bye Risto!!! Hello Ceci!!...... Ok the only thing the stars can hope for here is that he gets solid top 4 minutes for the Leafs this season in NHL. Ceci had some offensive upside in junior but has yet to translate that in the NHL. The Leafs are loaded with talent this upcoming season so hopefully his numbers will inflate from simply playing with the star filled line up. Ceci will hold the number 4 spot for the NEFHL stars this season and see some time on the penalty kill and maybe the second powerplay unit.
- Philip Danault: This 24 year old former 26th overall pick in the 2011 entry draft was really counted on for Montreal in the late part of last season. Danault is a 200 foot player that can play a shut down role or play with quality scoring wingers. He put up a career best 12 goals and 41 assists for 53 pts last season. The Nefhl stars are hoping he can pick up where he left off last season.
There you have it….. These are the 4 players the Stars traded for this off season and can only hope it was the right move. Regardless of their NHL production the NEFHL Stars feel like these trades gave them more depth this upcoming season to reach the ultimate goal of raising the Stanley cup.
Go stars Go