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.
#20 / Right Wing / Dallas Stars
Mar 09, 1977
|2011 - Radek Dvorak||73||4||17||21||-16||12||0||1||0||83||4.8|
Key Stat: 4.8% - Radek Dvorak's shooting percentage of 4.8% was the lowest of his career. His -16 rating was the second lowest of his career, and his 14:17 average ice time was the lowest of his career by a full minute.
The Good: Dvorak was brought to town to fill a specific need: depth. As the season wore on he filled more of a role for the Stars as a checking line player, and he was recognized several times throughout the season as a mentor, particularly to Tomas Vincour who at one point said playing with Dvorak was like playing with his dad.
The Bad: The bad is that he and his linemates weren't particularly good at the role they were given. That isn't his fault, but they were railroaded on a semi-nightly basis. Over 60 even strength minutes Dvorak's shot differential was -5. It doesn't take long for that to add up to a massive deficit especially when playing in a checking role..
The Bottom Line: Dvorak wasn't expected to come in and be a massive contributor. He signed a low salary deal to provide the Stars depth. He came in and did just that even if he wasn't spectacular.
The Vote: Rate Dvorak 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.