Dallas Stars 2015-2016 Impact Player Rankings #12: Jason Demers

Jason Demers is on an expiring contract after this season. What impact will he have on the Dallas Stars this year?

Jason Demers is the most interesting man on the Dallas Stars defense, much as Tyler Seguin is for the Dallas Stars forwards.

As evidenced by both his Instagram...

He's doing good folks! Little grocery shopping and getting arty out of the house @jamiebenn14 @jordiebenn #speedracer

A video posted by Jason Demers (@jason_demers) on

and Twitter account....

...Demers has a great sense of humor and knows how to keep it loose. From all accounts, he's a good guy in the locker room, and that cannot be discounted when you are with the same people for nine months out of the year.

On the ice, Demers has consistent positive possession statistics. He's been over 50% Corsi for all but one of his NHL seasons, and that one came in the lockout shortened season. Demers also generates less scoring chances in the high danger areas when he's on the ice. In fact, Demers and Alex Goligoski had the highest differential in high danger area scoring chances, meaning that both defenseman help to generate offense when they are on the ice and cut down on high scoring chances against.

What can be expected from Demers this season is consistency. He's not particularly injury prone, so he's likely to play for the majority of the games this season. He isn't an offensive dynamo - he'll put up about 3-4 goals and around 15 assists throughout the season. He'll drive play in the right direction and he will be decent in his own end, though his play could be impacted on who he ends up paired with this year. Demers seems to slot naturally into the second pairing

Demers' pending unrestricted free agent status at the end of the year means the question this year is whether Demers fits into the Stars' long-term plan. Guys like Jamie Oleksiak, Jyrkki Jokipakka, Patrik Nemeth, Stephen Johns and Julius Honka will all be looking to earn permanent spots on the Dallas roster in the next year or two. Demers is only 27, but has shown consistency in his years of experience at the NHL level. I think that whatever he does this year, combined with whether Alex Goligoski ends up re-signed or traded (whether at the deadline or after the season is over) and the growth of the prospects below him on the depth chart, will determine his future with the Stars moving forward.