Once again it's that time of year here on Defending Big D where we take a look at each player that suited up for 25 or more games this season (and are still with the team) and take a look back at their season. What was good about it, what wasn't so good, and the lasting impression they left us as we go into summer.
#37 / Defenseman / Dallas Stars
Jul 09, 1974
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Key Stat: 139 - Number of blocked shots by Skrastins this year, a team high.
The Good: For the second consecutive season in Dallas and third overall, Skrastins proved he was a relatively durable player by playing more than 70 games.
Not an insignificant achievement when you consider he never broke the 70 game mark for games played in the regular season in 2007, 2008, or 2009.
The Bad: Not surprisingly, the Stars weren't an offensive juggernaut when he was out on the ice. His 2.19 GFON/60 rating was only higher than Jeff Woywitka's. But he did score one more goal than last season.
But obviously, offense has never been part of his game, so anything you get from him in that regard has to be considered gravy.
The Bottom Line: When you look at Skrastins individual metrics compared to the other Stars' defenseman, you see him for what he is. A middle of the road defenseman in the mold of a Jon Klemm who can provide depth on just about any blue line corps in the league, and really nothing more.
He's not flashy, but he won't be a liability when he's out there on the blue line.
The Vote: Rate Skrastins below on a scale of A to F (A being the best of course) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season.
What is your grade for Karlis Skrastins?
A (16 votes)
B (93 votes)
C (72 votes)
D (13 votes)
F (5 votes)
199 total votes