Stargazing: Where will Dallas finish in 2009-2010?

Stargazing is a daily assortment of Dallas Stars news, as well as a look at what's happening around the Pacific division and the rest of the NHL. Stargazing will run on Mondays and Thursdays, becoming a daily feature once the preseason begins.

Sports predictions are good for selling magazines before a season, burning a segment of radio here or there, or inciting your fellow time-wasters on an internet message board. They're not good for much else. That all being said, I predict (see what I did there?) that we might even be previewing the season with a prognostication or two around these parts before the season starts. But in August? The Hockey News big wigs told their people to figure it out a little early, me thinks. I suppose a guess is a guess no matter when it's made. Also today, Loui Eriksson, a prospect gets traded to a different minor league team, and other notes from around the web...

 

Stars News and Notes:

The Hockey News put together a list of how they think things will shake out in the upcoming regular season. They have Dallas back in the playoffs at #7...

One year ago the Stars were coming off a run to the Conference final and were pegged as contenders for the Cup. Injuries, among other things, hit the team in key positions and Dallas never got its act together. However, all the parts that made this team a threat are still in place and they’re hungry for redemption.

 

You might wonder, where did they predict the Stars finishing last year?

That can be found here, and the answer to the questions is at the 4 spot in the West. They had this to say:

Like the Red Wings, the Stars have an abundance of depth at both forward and defense. Unlike Detroit, they’re no offensive juggernaut, but Marty Turco’s top-tier play between the pipes affords them the luxury of not having to produce goals at a 1980s-era Edmonton Oilers pace. They don’t play the most exciting style, but now that Sean Avery’s stink-eye routine has come to Texas, the entertainment value of a Stars game has risen dramatically.

We could discuss the many humorous, ironical items there until the proverbial cows come home, but I think it would just get me angry. These days I think I prefer to look forward, rather than behind at last year.

By the way, they picked them to finish 11th the year (2007-08) they went to the conference finals.

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Dallasstars.com asks Loui Eriksson a particularly poignant question many were asking last year:

You scored most of your goals while even-strength last season, do you expect to see more time on the power play?

Eriksson:
"That is something that the coaches will decide, but I want to be a part of it. Scoring goals on the power play is a very important and crucial thing in today’s game. That’s a way you can win games and I want to be a part of that."

It's always hard to argue with names like Ribeiro and Richards and Modano out there on the PP...but how many teams don't roll their leading scorer out on the first line PP? I wonder what Marc Crawford thinks about that.

Bob Sturm made the case for it last year here on his blog.

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G Tyler Beskorowany is being shuffled around the OHL a bit, but remains property of your Dallas Stars:

Beskorowany, a 14th round selection in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection and a 2nd round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in 2008, appeared in72 games for the Attack over the past two seasons, compiling a 23-31-13 record. Tyler was the recipient of the Bill Miles Memorial Award (Top Goaltender), Harold Sutherland Contruction Cup (Top NHLDraft Prospect), Harry Lumley Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year) and was the Jerry Reid Memorial Award Winner (Regular Season MVP) at the 2008 Attack Awards BBQ.

 

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Around the NHL:

 

 

Hang in there folks. 4 weeks more until training camp.

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