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Razor with an Edge: Captain Benn

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 10:46 AM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor with an Edge: Captain Benn
It\u2019s only been 8 games. I planned to wait 10 games before weighing in on the infancy of 24 year old Jamie Benn\u2019s tenure as captain of the Stars but to be honest with you the baby Benn brother has been so impressive to me that I couldn\u2019t help myself.

People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

- Leonardo Da Vinci

It’s only been 8 games. I planned to wait 10 games before weighing in on the infancy of 24 year old Jamie Benn’s tenure as captain of the Stars but to be honest with you the baby Benn brother has been so impressive to me that I couldn’t help myself.

Just look at the body of work; Attentive defensive play. Left dot face-off stud. Consistent work-ethic game-in-game-out and in every practice. Point a game offense. Physical presence. Intangibles.

The Stars got drilled (in the end) in both games of the weekend business trip to SoCal, and in defeat the new captain displayed his natural ability to lead.

He commanded the dressing room following the 5-2 loss at Staples Center, not because ‘its what captains are supposed to do” but rather because its what is in him and he had some pointed words that the guys say had an impact early in the game the next night in Anaheim. Leadership.

Near the conclusion of that noxious 6-3 loss in the OC he grabbed Francois Beauchemin and bloodied the Ducks defenseman’s visor in a scrap that was small part frustration, big chunk retribution. Beauchemin took advantage of a defenseless Vern Fiddler earlier in the period after he was served up a “suicide” pass and Benn sent a message with a right fist meat soother that such a hit wasn’t kosher. Leadership.

That’s pretty impressive stuff from a guy who hasn’t been bestowed his team’s captaincy since playing for the Peninsula Eagles in his early teens.

I asked the two longest serving Dallas Stars about what they’ve seen in Jamie since the ‘C’ was stitched above the heart on the team’s fabulous new jerseys.

Stephane Robidas, who serves as Benn’s assistant captain, said, “Sometimes in past when a leader has talked in the room on teams I’ve played on, you sit there after and try to make sense of what he just said. Not with Jamie. When he does talk, it makes sense. And he’s only 24”

Trevor Daley said he knew the team was going ‘in that direction’ (giving Benn the captaincy) last year. “He committed to be in the best shape he could be in this summer. He’s not afraid to hold guys accountable, and at the same time he’s that same ‘dumb kid’ that likes to have fun and goof around.”

Robidas admires Benn’s ability to “take over a game” and “speak up in the room”.

Daley sees how “at ease Jamie is with the added responsibility.”

And big brother Jordie admits he “can see a BIG change in baby bro”.

Want more impressive early returns. Look inside the victory versus San Jose (blasted Thornton in the corner the hustled to net to screen Niemi on Seguin’s goal) or check the box score at Winnipeg (a goal and two assists) in a 4-1 win.

I know it’s only been eight games, and it hasn’t always been Da Vinci-esque masterpieces (more like street vendor Picassos) for the team, yet to me the big dainty barbarbarian of a left winger who leads this team in assists has shown that the Stars captaincy certainly rests on the right chest.

Jamie Benn “happens to things”.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 46 28 24 1 52
J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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