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Dallas Stars 2010-11 Season Grades: Nicklas Grossman

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.

Nicklas Grossman

#2 / Defenseman / Dallas Stars



Jan 22, 1985

G A P +/- PIM
2010 - Nicklas Grossman 1 9 10 7 35

Key Stat: +7 - Good for third on the team in best +/-. Interestingly, Grossman's usual D-partner Robidas was a -7 on the season.

The Good: Grossman has never wowed on the scoresheet, but the man does know how to keep people off of it when he's out on the ice. Minus a few questionable plays (who doesn't have those?) Grossman put in yet another solid season for the Stars' blueline. Grossman is well on his way to being one of the Stars' best stay-at-home defensemen. He was also noticed more often for throwing his weight around, leveling 161 hits in 59 games played.

The Bad: Grossman had a shots per game average of 0.6. He had 38 total shots on goal this season. This is an area of his game that is severely lacking. When he shoots, he has a really hard shot, and is something he should show us more often. The injury bug was also not too kind on Grossman, as he fought a hip injury for much of the end of the season.

The Bottom Line: Grossman will never be a high scoring defenseman. Offense from him will always be an added bonus, as long as he continues to be the shutdown defensemen we need. He did exactly what we expected of him every game this season. Getting healthy and staying that way is a big key for our D-corps next season.

The Vote: Rate Grossman 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 half-season he was here.