We continue our series of grading each player that played a role for the Stars in the 2009-2010 season. At the end of each feature, you get to select the overall grade for each individual player. This is something we'll continue doing each season, and is a tool we can use to determine a player's progress year by year.
#10 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars
Jan 16, 1979
Key Stat: Morrow finished 2nd behind Brad Richards for the most power play goals scored with 9.
The Good: After suffering a season ending knee injury in the 18th game of the 2008-09 season, there were obvious questions about how Morrow would be able to bounce back the following season. While it can't be said that he's come all the way back, he was able to play in 76 games last season, proving that the ACL he tore shouldn't be a long term issue. At least health wise.
The Bad: The 0.6052 points per game that Morrow put up last season was the captain's lowest since the 2002-03 season when he put up just 0.6049 points per game (46 points in 76 games).
The Bottom Line: The Power Play Goal production returned to the numbers we'd expect out of Morrow year in and year out..But whether it was the adjustment to Marc Crawford's style of play or the knee injury on November 20th, 2008, it's clear that Morrow suffered drop off production wise.
Morrow posted a 1.43 Pts/60 rating last season. That's down from the 2.24 Pts/60 rating that he posted in his previous non-significant injury shortened season in 2007-08.
The Stars have benefited from the likes of James Neal and Jamie Benn taking roles from other players. But at this point, there isn't anybody in the Stars system that could take over Morrow's role as a physical presence and gritty goal scorer. For that reason, the Stars need Morrow to produce like Stars fans are used to seeing throughout his 10 year career in Dallas.
The Vote: Rate Morrow 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.