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 20 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.
#10 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars
Jan 16, 1979
|2011 - Brenden Morrow||57||11||15||26||1||97||5||0||2||88|
Key Stat: 11 - Morrow's 11 goals were a career low in a "healthy" season. He did score five goals in 18 games in 2008-09 before his season was cut short by a torn ACL. He does have two similar seasons in terms of games played. As a rookie in 1999-2000, Morrow scored 14 goals in 64 games and added two more in 22 playoff games. In another injury-plagued year, 2006-07, Morrow scored 16 goals in 40 games.
The Good: While dealing with a mysterious yet troubling back/neck/shoulder injury, Morrow definitely had a year to forget. If there are good things to say, it's that his injury almost certainly contributed to his problems, and he has stated it's something he believes will heal over the summer. And in a strange way, to say a guy with 11 goals in 57 games (or a 16 goal pace in 82 games) had a terrible year is a reflection of how good he's been in the past. It's only been one year and one apparently significant injury since a 33-goal campaign. If that injury heals, then Morrow has the tools to return to a better form next year.
The Bad: All that said, it was not a good year for the Stars captain. The Stars were in desperate need of another goal scorer for the top two lines, and they needed a healthy Morrow up there. He also likely tried to play too long at 70 percent or less. He's a guy that has never contributed much in term of on-ice ability than goal scoring. He's not a prolific backchecker or defender, but when he scores at his usual 20+ pace, that can be minimized by the good. There was no minimizing it this year.
The Bottom Line: It's very difficult to judge Morrow this year because that injury played such a large part. This is a poll where I wish I could make one of the options IC for incomplete, but alas, that's not how this works. Looking at this simply from a numbers standpoint, the Stars needed a lot more from Morrow this season. The biggest question for me is about that injury and how it heels. We won't know that until next fall.
The Vote: Rate Morrow 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.