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Razor With an Edge: The Same, But Different

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 2:10 PM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: The Same, But Different
Here we are again; twenty-seven games to play. Four points out of a playoff spot. Tied with a couple other clubs in points.

Here we are again; twenty-seven games to play. Four points out of a playoff spot. Tied with a couple other clubs in points. A team or two to hurdle to get there. Yada, yada, yada.

Yet somehow this feels different than the previous five seasons.

Maybe it's because the 2013-14 team's propulsion isn't fueled by an aging forward or two on mercenary pit stops in Texas, or that its main avenue to victory doesn't seem to rest solely on a stellar night of saves from a goalie.

Instead, this Stars rebuild 6.0 is being constructed with a core of forwards who are still half a decade from reaching their prime. And it's a team that outplays its opponent on a lot of nights - doesn't always win when it does so (0-4-3 when registering 40 or more shots) but you get the feeling this style will be rewarded on a grander scale when more pieces are added or existing ones are improved.

I'd categorize Stars 2014 Inc. as a growth stock (insider trading be damned), one with a fair measure of volatility - so take your Dramamine, but also with great potential for a champagne-cork payoff down the road.

When at their best these Stars are one of the most watchable teams in the league - full of speed, playmaking and gasconade. When they are off a little...sure, they are a little maddening - but mostly in a puppy who peed on the carpet kinda way.

They win with a puck possession, attack-oriented system played under a steady-handed and passionate veteran coach.

They lose when their intermittent defensive fallibility gets exposed. Or when the refs screw them (that second one is for you hard core conspiracy souls).

As good as things are at times, or are trending toward, to me they have three big needs:

A #2 Center: Seguin is a stud #1 that is only gonna get better. Eakin is a perfect #3. A guy who can check the other team's top guys, kill penalties, and be a balance tipper in big games. But that leaves a void in the two-hole. Here you need a second wave of attack, another guy for teams to have to check - a Joe Nieuwendyk.

A 2nd Line Left Winger: Jamie is #1 but it falls off dramatically after him. Yes, for you 'can't let go of old boyfriend' types, James Neal would in fact be a nice fit in that spot.

A sizable 25-28 minute all-purpose defenseman: I don't know that the Stars can get to that next level without finding or developing one of these. Boston did it by ponying up for Chara as a free agent, Chicago drafted and groomed Seabrook and Keith, St. Louis brought Pietrangelo along and acquired Bouwmeester, the Kings drafted Drew Doughty, Minnesota paid for Suter, and so on. Here's some fantasy intellectual-tampering, wouldn't Shea Weber look dapper draped in Victory Green on the Stars blueline?

So anyway, in their current state of construct the Stars are no doubt imperfect - a combination of yeasty youth and showin'-some-mold veterans. Therefore, until the roster fully fleshes out and the prospects mature, they will continue to vacillate, tease, exhilarate, disappoint, titillate, fascinate, and frustrate.

Will they be good enough to earn a playoff spot in the wicked West? We'll see. A daunting March schedule awaits, and their current 88 point pace won't get ‘em in.

But be that as it may, they sure seem to be on an entertaining trajectory toward excellence.




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


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
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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