Mark was down in Cedar Park for Game 3 and had these observations:
*Defenseman Brenden Dillon, signed by Dallas as a free agent out of the WHL (Seattle Thunderbirds) back in March, looks like a player. He’s paired with veteran Maxime Fortunus and is logging pretty substantial minutes for the Stars. That’s impressive for a 20-year-old just out of junior who joined Texas late in the regular season and had just ten AHL games under his belt coming into these playoffs. He moves the move puck pretty well, looks solid defensively and has a bit of an edge to his game. There were a lot of NHL teams interested in signing him and it’s pretty evident why. He looks like he could be a solid NHL defenseman down the road.
Ideally, neither should be in the NHL next year. Dallas might really need Larsen's offense, but I think it's an unnecessary risk for him to play in the NHL next year. He's already been injured 3 or 4 times at the AHL level. They were mainly caused by hits too. Until he bulks up or learns to avoid the contact, he needs more AHL time.
Maybe he'll stay in NA this summer and let Gary Roberts beat his *** in to shape.
Apparently Larsen read my pots on him being a non-contact player when he was injured. Ever since he's been back he's been a ****ing force. Hits every chance he gets, sees the ice incredibly well, and shoots... A lot.
Dillon is officially the number 2 Dman only behind the veteran Lukowich now. Dillon is a boss and man handles people in the A. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him with Dallas next season.