#6 / Defenseman / Dallas Stars
Oct 09, 1983
All stats used in this post courtesy of BehindTheNet.ca and NHL.com
Key Stat: If you go by his plus/minus stats, one wonders if Trevor didn't feel more comfortable playing at home where he was a +14 as opposed to on the road where he was a -11. Surprisingly though, five of his six goals came on the road, while only one came in the friendly AAC confines.
The Good: Daley was often maligned for having shots deflect off him and into his own goal, but the truth is Daley's shot blocking talent is somewhat underrated. He was third on the team with 131 blocked shots and to his credit just missed being in the top 40 amoung league defensemen. While he didn't score many goals, at least the ones he did score had some value behind them as two of them were good for first goals of the game. He had two game winning goals. He also led Stars defensmen with 23 takeaways.
The Bad: Where do we begin? Well, he led Stars defensemen with 37 giveaways. For a defenseman, he really didn't hit much placing 6th amoung Stars defenseman with a measly 36 hits which is bad but looks even worse when you consider Fabian Brunnstrom had 44 hits in 44 games played. He saw a fair amount of time on the Stars powerplay, yet only managed 2 powerplay goals the entire season.
The Bottom Line: We keep waiting for Trevor to take the next forward step in terms of being a top line offensive threat from the blue line, but it's been five full seasons of constant sideways steps. Not really ever getting better offensively and while his defensive game has gotten a bit better, he'll never be counted on in critical moments when the Stars need a stop. Problem is we'd be fine with that if we could at least count on Trevor when the team needs a goal. There is of course the chance he surprises us one year, but the truth is an average of 5 or 6 goals and 18 to 20 assists a year is as good as you'll get with Daley now, and when you pair that with his so-so defending, it's really tough to see how he keeps drawing top defensive line minutes.
The Vote: Rate Daley below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him
having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.