Dallas made the postseason for the first time in 6 seasons and ended up giving Anaheim a run for their money in the first round, almost taking them to seven games.
They benefited very well from the blockbuster deal that got them Tyler Seguin. He and Jamie Benn were outstanding this past season. Seguin notched 84 points, scoring 37 goals and assisting 47 times, and was a +16. Been had 34 goals and 45 assists and was a +21. They combined for 16 powerplay goals and 11 game winning goals. There was a bit of a drop after that, but it was enough for them to squeeze into a spot.
This offseason they loaded up their offense. The first move of free agent frenzy was sparked with the trade for Jason Spezza. He is a player who can score 30 goals in a season and finish with 80 points. Having 3 guys like that will make them a lethal offensive team. The addition of Ales Hemsky adds to that, as well. He’s been off the past year, but he can still put up 60 points in a full season. Some very solid depth moves include Patrick Eaves and Anders Lindback.
The question is will all these offensive forces work well together. If they don’t, then it all goes to waste. I believe that they will be a force to be reckoned with this season, but with St. Louis, Colorado, and Chicago most likely being the top 3 teams in the Central division, they will probably end up as a wild card again.