Dallas Stars 2013-14 Season Grades: Kevin Connauton
How would you grade Kevin Connauton's season?
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 finished the season 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.
Regular season statistics:
Key Stat: 56 - Number of shots taken in 36 games played in the regular season.
The Good: Kevin Connauton is a promising young player. He's got great offensive instincts, a bomb from the point, and a pretty good outlet pass. He's still young, and defensemen, especially offensive ones, usually need quite a while to develop. When he's on the ice, it's obvious that he possesses a lot of skill. He's quick in the back end and can usually get the puck past the blueline briskly without any hiccups.
One goal and 7 assists in 36 games isn't a whole lot, but this was his first year of action, and he received limited minutes even when he drew into the lineup.
On top of that, while he's 24 years old, he had a lot of trouble cracking the lineup even when things were going bad for the defensive corps, so it's obvious the coaching staff didn't quite trust him with a lot of minutes. On top of that, 8 points wasn't all that much, and you would have liked to see a guy who is pegged as a possible powerplay specialist put up some more points.
Vote now: Rate Connauton 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.
How would you rate Kevin Connauton's 2013-2014 season?