The Dallas Stars have been one of the best teams in the league in the early going. They have 14 points in the first nine games, which is on pace for 128 points. A point total that high is unlikely, but the Stars are hitting on all cylinders and could have the most epic of bounceback years. There are a lot of players who should take some credit for the Stars’ success so far, but one player has been the team’s best.
Jamie Benn is the early season MVP. He already has 15 points, with eight goals and seven assists. He is once again leading the league in scoring, after he came out of nowhere last year to win the Art Ross Trophy.
The one thing Benn is doing better than ever is shot selection. His shooting percentage is 33 percent. That is an insane number he won’t be able to keep up with, but you can’t dismiss that he already has eight goals on 24 shots. He is doing this while his linemate Tyler Seguin only has four goals on 39 shots. Benn makes every shot count, and it shows on the scoresheet.
The Stars are the fourth-best scoring team in the league. They are getting goals from everyone this season. The team is following the lead of their captain Benn.
I Don’t want to take too much away from Antti Niemi, who brings confidence in net. There is no way the Stars could be where they are if every game was being played by Kari Lehtonen and his .898 save percentage. You won’t find too many people who give the back end of the Stars too much credit for the team’s early success.
Benn might be hurt by playing in a non-traditional hockey market. He could be hurt because the Stars don’t have the history other teams do. The fact is he needs to be in the MVP conversation all season long. His team is fighting for first place in the best division in hockey. If the Stars don’t fall apart, then Benn could come away with the Hart Trophy.