If there’s one thing the Dallas Stars have going for them, it’s the bright, young talent on the team. Players like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin get all of the notoriety because of their ability to put pucks in the back of the net. Seguin and Benn are two of the best goal scorers in the game.
Another one of those bright young players, though, is named Antoine Roussel. Roussel isn’t a name that most people are familiar with, but probably should be. He played in 39 games last season with the Stars. This year, though, he has played in 56 games. In those games, he has nine goals and 10 assists.
Perhaps the number that stands out to me is the fact that he has 138 penalty minutes already for the Stars this season. After trading Brendan Morrow and Steve Ott, Dallas has lacked a presence like Roussel that isn’t afraid to hit someone. In the Stars’ 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks, Roussel led the team with six hits and made himself known in a big way on the ice.
He also had one blocked shot in the game. Roussel does the little things that sometimes go unnoticed by casual fans who are looking for goals. It takes all types of players to put a successful team together, and Roussel is one of those players for the Stars. His presence is almost always known by the other team. He is another reason why the Stars are going to be fun to watch for several years.