The Dallas Stars were without one of their young stars early in the season, and their performance on the ice reflected that. The team continues to struggle now, but have now won two straight games and three of their last six since Jamie Benn re-signed with the team. Benn has three goals and six points in six games, and so far has shown Stars fans that he deserved every bit of the five-year, $26.25 million contract he signed.
Now in his fourth NHL season, Benn has scored 22, 22 and 26 goals over the past three seasons with continually improving point totals. He impressed at the skills competition at last year’s All-Star Game, and showed some grit coming back from an appendectomy shortly before the event. With Ray Whitney and Derek Roy injured this season, the team will look to Benn for even more production. While the Stars traded away Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott, they brought in Whitney, Roy and Jaromir Jagr to give Benn some help up front. Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder have had great moments for the Stars early on, but no one has been able to consistently score and Dallas ranks 28th in the league in scoring. A lackluster power play (23rd in the league) isn’t helping things either, and fans and coaches alike will hope that Benn’s return for the rest of the season can boost scoring and help win some games.
Benn is only 23, and just entering the prime of his career. With the right pieces in place around him he could easily score 30 or more goals in future seasons. Jordie Benn, Jamie’s younger brother, is a Stars defense prospect who has played 11 games with the team over the past two seasons.