Wanted to share a piece I wrote a few weeks ago on Jamie Benn. Obviously you all know how good he is, but I wanted to take a look at his entire career, and I also incorporated some advanced stats to show why Benn is on his way to superstardom.
Hopefully for his sake Roy is back soon, as he won't have much lineup insulation at the moment (lockout dependant).
Like every young star to play with the Stars, Benn has been compared to Mike Modano. Because of the level of impact Benn has had so early on in his career, the comparison makes some sense. There are similarities in their play – the intensity, the terrific skating ability, the diverse offensive skill set, and as seen from the picture above, the flowing locks. Modano is arguably the greatest American hockey player of all time, and inarguably the greatest Dallas Star of all time.
As Dallas Stars President Jim Lites said when Modano retired:
“Hockey in Dallas is Mike Modano.”
Add in three words and that sentence could describe Benn, too.
Thanks for posting this thread, I read that article a good month ago - it is an excellent summary of why we Dallas fans are so high on Benn
It's going to be really exciting to see what he can do in a role that should give him every chance to produce and carry this team next season. I suspect if it clicks that we won't have to wait very long until Jamie Benn is a household name in Dallas and for NHL fans in general
This time last year I was looking forward to the season, and was even impressed with their start.
Even with the changes we've seen this off-season, I'm still excited for the season to start (pending lockout).
Maybe Morrow can play on a line with Garbutt and mentor him into the physical role, it seems Garbutt's headed for that anyway.
And here's hoping Benn sees 82 games and Lehtonen doesn't break down.