The Dallas Stars entered the 2013 season with a mission to score more goals. The team brought in Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney and Derek Roy to help accomplish that, but continue to get very little help in the offensive end from their defensemen. Alex Goligoski has been a shell of the player he was for the Pittsburgh Penguins before Dallas acquired him and needs to step his game up.
Goligoski emerged as a 30 point-per-season defender for the Penguins during the 2009-10 season, and got even better in the season that followed, He has 31 points through 60 games with the Penguins during the 2010-11 season before the Stars traded James Neal and Matt Niskanen for him. He added another 15 points in 23 games with the Stars for a career-best 46 point season. He was steady for the Stars last season and signed a four-year extension, but has been disappointing so far in 2013. Through 12 games, he has managed only five assists and was even a healthy scratch for the Stars’ game against the Edmonton Oilers last week.
The sad thing is that with his five points, Goligoski still leads the team’s defensemen in scoring. The Stars didn’t bring him in to not be productive and he is hardly justifying his contract at this point. Hopefully his night off gave him time to refocus and he can get back to being an offensive defenseman and an asset on the power play. As the Stars’ record reflects, they have a talented team that just needs a few more things to click into place to make them a serious contender.