It’s been a rough year for Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. The first few months of the 2013-14 season were especially brutal for Goligoski. His defensive-positioning was consistently off, he struggled to make plays and he sported one of the worst plus/minus ratings in the NHL. The Stars have relied heavily on Goligoski in the absence of Stephane Robidas, but those big minutes have taken their toll on him.
Ever since the Olympic break, however, Goligoski has quietly been improving his game. His play is still a far cry from where Dallas expected Goligoski to be when they traded for him, but it’s been a step in the right direction. His ice time in January was sometimes as much as 30 minutes, and it’s come down to around the 24-25-minute mark since then. That certainly has helped take some of the pressure off. Most importantly, Goligoski has started to find offensive success – something that was a selling point about his game when he first came to Dallas.
Goligoski has scored a goal in the last three games for the Dallas Stars. The last time Goligoski found the back of the net was way back on Nov. 1. His recent streak more than doubled his goal total for the season, which now stands at five. It may not seem like a lot, but for a player who has under-performed time and time again, it’s a boost of confidence that can go a long way. If he can continue to build on that momentum, Goligoski will be an asset for the Stars as they push for a playoff spot.