The renaissance of Mattias Janmark was one of the Dallas Stars’ most enduring bright spots of the past year. After a diagnosis of osteochondritis dissecans canceled his 2016-2017 season, and very nearly his career, the sturdy Swedish forward played all but one game during the 2017-2018 campaign. He also scored 34 points, including four game-winning goals.
But can he claim a spot as a long-term core player? Josh Lile took on this question in a new article at The Dallas Morning News:
In 2016 the Stars were quite a bit better with Janmark on the ice than without him. In 2018 the story was quite a bit different. The Stars took less shots with him on the ice, but the goals took a significant turn for the worse. This suggests some bad PDO luck, which he did have to the tune of .970, but both the shots and goals are concerning.
Josh doesn’t forget the possible effects of the Hitchcock Factor:
Janmark did get some time with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, though only seven of those minutes were with the duo together. Hitchcock and his staff started Janmark in the defensive end of the rink with both players. Why? Forcing Benn and Seguin to be good defensive players didn’t work. Ultimately all this did was keep them further away from the net. Janmark isn’t the play driver needed to get the puck up the ice.
There’s much more, including plenty of visual aids, under the link. [SportsDayDFW]
First things first: It’s been 10 years since a chunky teenager named Jamie Benn signed an entry-level contract with the Stars. It’s probably worked out pretty well.
But was the Captain’s big contract worth it? The Dallas Morning News sports staff is on it. [SportsDayDFW]
There’s a brand-new episode of Stars Insider covering the summer so far.
It’s been a while since there’s been a new episode of “Tyler Seguin’s Summer Is Better Than Yours,” so let’s check in with our 1C as he plays golf with world leaders. Remember that every time you live vicariously through Tyler, we’re all that much closer to his extension.
In addition, Segs and his cosmic twin, Taylor Hall, talked with Mike Zeisberger about the Erik Karlsson rumors and what it’s like to be at the center of a 72-point-headline trade. [NHL]
If you want to see more of the Stars’ prospects, Amanda at Shattered Lens Photography has started posting her pics from Prospect Development Camp.
Around the League(s)
Eeli Tolvanen is getting set to play his first full NHL season with the Nashville Predators, because what’s the #MurderDeathKill Division without all the premeditated violence?
The Detroit Red Wings have come to terms with RFA Anthony Mantha – specifically, to two years at $3.3 million AAV.
Show Me State native Patrick Maroon had made it official, signing a one-year deal with his hometown team, the St. Louis Blues.
John Tavares thrilled the Toronto fans with his first photo shoot in uniform.
The Toronto Maple Leafs also released the first clip of JT and Auston Matthews at practice.
Also at The Athletic: Jonathan Willis makes a list of the 2018 RFAs most likely to be worth the expense and drama of an offer sheet, from Noah Hanifin to Nick Ritchie and from Darnell Nurse to – wait for it! – Dylan Larkin.
Which RFA candidates are the most attractive from an offer sheet perspective? https://t.co/p8Dk7rpf6j— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) July 11, 2018
The Stars do love their video game references, so this video is extremely on brand. Enjoy.