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Dallas Stars Roster Analysis: Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney Bust Out Of Goal Slumps

Two guys get off the goal scoring slump, and depth scoring helped contribute to a 3-1 record this last week.

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In this weekly feature, I look at where individuals are trending to in this handy-dandy table format. The analysis of each person is done solely by me and my observations -- sometimes I do it by committee with other writers, but I've got the ultimate say. So if you disagree on any of these, feel free to tell me in the comments! Who doesn't like a good ol' hockey debate?

The Dallas Stars went 3-1 since last Friday. How have the individuals fared in that time?

Jamie BENN
4gp, 3-0-3, +1

Comments: Jamie Benn busted out of his slump! Good thing too, red really doesn’t suit him in this forum.

Jordie BENN
2gp, 0-0-0, +2

Comments: Jordie Benn came back into the lineup and looked more like the Jordie Benn of early season than his rough stretch in the last two weeks – a welcome change on the depleted blueline.

4gp, 0-2-2, -4

Comments: Alex Chiasson got back into the scoring column when Ray Whitney got going, but he’s been just torched defensively at 5-on-5 hockey lately.

4gp, 1-2-3, +1

Comments: Erik Cole has made some nice defensive plays recently, and his three point night versus the Vancouver Canucks was a welcome sight of depth scoring.

4gp, 1-0-1, -2

Comments: Kevin Connauton scored his first goal as a Dallas Stars player, and has looked like he belongs here.

Trevor DALEY

Comments: Trevor Daley remains on IR with a high ankle sprain. Recent reports are that he’s not skating and still a few weeks from returning.

Brenden DILLON
4gp, 0-1-1, -3

Comments: Brenden Dillon made the naughty list this week with his string of bad penalties to put your team on a 5-on-3 penalty kill.

4gp, 0-0-0, -3

Comments: Cody Eakin has struggled on the faceoff dot. As a number two center, that has to be better than it has been recently.

1gp, 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .926 SV%

Comments: Dan Ellis has won his last four starts on home ice, where the Stars have been working to improve their record. He’s looking like a man with a lot of confidence.


Comments: Vernon Fiddler remains on the IR, but it looks like he may be back in time for tomorrow night’s tilt.

4gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Ryan Garbutt hasn’t really stood out much this past week, and it looks like he’s going to miss some time with that injury he’s been playing through according to coach Lindy Ruff this afternoon.

Cameron GAUNCE
2gp, 0-0-0, +3

Comments: Cameron Gaunce looked quite good for a younger guy that hadn’t had much practice time in Dallas before being inserted into the lineup. He had a strong showing in his first two games played here.

4gp, 0-1-1, +1

Comments: Alex Goligoski may not have put up a lot of points over these last games, but he made some really strong defensive plays in his own zone. He seems to be improving as the season progresses.

4gp, 0-6-6, +2

Comments: Sergei Gonchar looks super comfortable now, and the numbers are coming now for him. Oh, and he doubled his season point total last week too, while his +/- for the season is only at -5 now – he’s digging out of that hole slowly but surely.

4gp, 0-1-1, -1

Comments: Shawn Horcoff gets a favorable rating from me this week because he’s made some fantastic defensive plays to help support the "team defense" mentality this week. It’s working too, as the team won three of their last four games.


Comments: Dustin Jeffrey has not been in games this week, and as guys get healthy on the forward lines and rookies like Colton Sceviour continue to put up goals, it’s tough to see when he might be inserted next.

3gp, 2-1-0, 3.67 GAA, .911 SV%

Comments: Kari Lehtonen won two of his three starts this week, but that loss was a very, very horrible looking loss for him. The team in front didn’t help, but last night he got the support needed to win on home ice and collect his 100th win as a Dallas Star.

4gp, 2-1-3, +4

Comments: Valeri Nichushkin put points up consistently this week, which is what I asked for last week. Let’s just ask for that same thing again this week. It’s only weird if it doesn’t work, right?

4gp, 0-3-3, Even

Comments: Rich Peverley was part of the depth scoring this week as he shifted over to center as well. That 12.5% faceoff percentage in the loss to Colorado is ugly, but he’s been solid in the other games (over 45% in the three wins.)

Stephane ROBIDAS

Comments: Still sending all the good wishes for a speedy recovery to Stephane Robidas .

Aaron ROME
2gp, 0-0-0, +1

Comments: Aaron Rome looked very steady up until he re-injured himself and hit the injured reserve list again.

4gp, 0-1-1, -1

Comments: Antoine Roussel is eighth on the team in total points on the season so far.

4gp, 3-5-8, +4

Comments: Tyler Seguin had a monster week this week, and when I go to add up his points it boggles my mind that he’s putting them up at over a point-per-game pace still.

4gp, 2-1-3, +1

Comments: Ray Whitney busted out of his slump. The Wizard is back (maybe?)!