The Dallas Stars have made some high profile additions to their roster so far this summer, including the likes of Tyler Seguin and Shawn Horcoff, as well as first round draft pick (who has already signed), Valeri Nichushkin. Overlooked in all of it was the fact that they also brought in Rich Peverley.
Peverley came to the Stars as part of the Seguin trade, but he’s hardly any sort of throw-in. He’s a valuable player and will be a tremendous addition to the Stars, both on and off the ice. He’s the type of player that you need on a championship team, which is obviously what the Stars are in the process of building.
He may not see time above the third line, but Peverley brings experience to the mix, as well as versatility. He won a Stanley Cup with Boston before appearing in another Stanley Cup Final this past spring/summer. That element is something that can help a young locker room.
He didn’t play as much center in his time with Boston, but he can be a strong option as a third line center. If not, he’s a god addition as a third line winger. In the event of the former, he’s been an excellent faceoff guy over the course of his career, with a success rate of 55 percent throughout his time in the league.
Peverley isn’t going to add much to the mix in terms of his offense, but he’ll play a solid defensive game from the forward spot, while adding that experience. He isn’t the flashiest addition to the Stars’ roster, not by a longshot, but he’ll go a long way towards helping Jim Nill build the team that he wants to in Dallas.