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07-17-2012, 09:14 PM
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Jamie Benn - A Superstar is Born

Dallas fans,

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).

http://thehockeywriters.com/overtime...rstar-is-born/

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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.

“The Future of hockey in Dallas is Jamie Benn.”

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I agree it's a great article, bit didn't you post a thread about this few months ago?

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Not sure, I might have. Just became verified with this account to post content from THW.

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Good article, thanks.

The position debate is not nearly as cut and dry as you seem to think though.

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Benn has proven that he can play center, but he is much more effective on the wing.
Having watched him quite a bit in both positions, it's my opinion that he is significantly more effective and has a greater impact on the game when he plays the center position.

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Good article, thanks.

The position debate is not nearly as cut and dry as you seem to think though.



Having watched him quite a bit in both positions, it's my opinion that he is significantly more effective and has a greater impact on the game when he plays the center position
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This.

He's a treat to watch no matter where he plays, but now he'll at least have a wealth of talented wingers at his disposal, instead of the Steve Otts of the hockey world.

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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

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Yep. I agree. Benn is better at C than LW.

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The point is probably moot now anyway - even if Roy is healthy, the Stars don't have anything up the middle, but their wing prospects are pretty rock solid.

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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.

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I think you undersell him a tad in the title

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