Tonight's Dallas Stars roster featured seven guys that are under the age of 24. That's a third of the roster that has been given a great opportunity to get some experience at the NHL level and provide a glimpse of who the Stars could have as regular players in the coming seasons.
The inexperience definitely showed, with plenty of turnovers and defensive lapses that could be discussed in great detail. But there were also some things to like in tonight's game. Right handed winger Alex Chiasson showed well, with a lot of physical play in finishing his checks and driving towards the net. He was one guy that you noticed when he was on the ice. His best look of the game came with Eric Nystrom screening Viktor Fasth when he redirected a shot in.
Loui Eriksson started the game at center, an experiment the Stars were trying out after having some success with converting Jamie Benn to center. Eriksson hadn't played center since he was 14 years old. That experiement wouldn't hold for much of the game, as he would eventually slot back into the wing spot by the third period.
The Stars would make Anaheim earn the win with a lot of physical play and hard work. They came out and refused to give up, which is much better than the last game they played against Anaheim where the team just looked defeated after the second goal against. Instead of packing it in, they continued to work the puck into the zone and battle on the boards. Aaron Rome set that tone for the Stars early when he obliterated Kyle Palmieri when he tried to enter the offensive zone along the boards.
A few more thoughts on the game tonight: