The Dallas Stars will look to recover from a fifth consecutive season of not making the playoffs when next season starts, and once again finding a way to score more will be one of the main goals. With a new general manager in Jim Nill and a new coach to come soon, the Stars will benefit from some major changes. After a big contract extension, the pressure will be on Jamie Benn to lead the way for the Stars.
Benn scored 12 goals and finished with 33 points to lead the team in scoring. Only four players scored 10 goals or more, and Jaromir Jagr led the Stars in goals with 14. Benn will make more than $5 million next season, and the Stars need him to be the 20 or more goal scorer that he had been before this season. Benn was also one of the top performers on the power play for the Stars, chipping in three goals and 10 points with the man-advantage. He gets top-line time with Loui Eriksson and Ray Whitney, and there’s a good chance that combination stays together next season.
There’s also a vacancy at captain in Dallas since Brenden Morrow was traded away, and Benn might be entrusted with a leadership role in addition to his offensive duties. Currently sitting at 193 points in 263 career games, Benn is almost certain to break the 200-point plateau at some point early into next season. That will be a great personal milestone, but the Stars hope he will able to lead them to some team success as well.