The Dallas Stars are making the Seattle Kraken expansion draft difficult in terms of choices.
In the lead-up to the Seattle Kraken’s NHL Expansion Draft, we here at the Kraken Chronicle will look at all 30 teams and who could be taken from each. In this edition, we take a look at the Dallas Stars.
The Dallas Stars have done their best to make a majority of their roster not as appealing as one would hope. Whether it’s exemptions, expiring contractions, or the Stars using their protections, the Kraken will have to get fancy with their picks. There is no certified choice on this one which is exciting but can be frustrating for general manager Ron Francis.
Here’s who could be taken from the Stars in the Kraken expansion draft.
F Jason Dickinson
Jason Dickinson is the type of player that makes a lot of sense for the Kraken here. Dickinson has the ability to play anywhere as a forward while offering the ability to play on either special team’s unit in a rather solid effort. His stats are nowhere near being exciting but that’s not what it’s all about. His overall play should be what fans look at if he were to be picked.
In the 2020-21 season, Dickinson totaled 15 points with a minus-two rating in 51 games. Fine overall, but when it comes to the Stars, it’s important to remember that they had one of the more difficult stars to the season due to COVID-19. This is something that is likely to blame for the team’s lowly effort all season long after making the Stanley Cup Final the season prior.
Still only 26 years old, Dickinson not only offers them a solid forward at all three spots but a player they can plug in wherever they need. That alone gives him a great chance to be picked and fit into Dave Hakstol’s team.
G Anton Khudobin
Anton Khudobin is as solid as they come in the world of goaltenders and he would not be a bad choice by the Kraken to be one of their two for their inaugural season. Still just a year removed from his incredible run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Khudobin managed to be solid once again in the 2020-21 season.
Khudobin finished with a 12-11-7 record, putting up a 2.54 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. While both are neither statistic is out of this world by any stretch, they are both serviceable and could pair great with another goaltender. A normal offseason for Khudobin should do the trick to not only help him get back on track but be solid once again this upcoming season.
With so many other goalies available, there’s no guarantee that he is taken. But if he is their choice, they could do a lot worse.
Other Possible Options: F Andrew Cogliano, F Joel L’Esperance
Usually, in these articles, we tend to give three definitive options. However, the Stars simply do not have three so here are a few more possible choices. Cogliano will be a free agent but could be a great veteran for the Kraken to add as a solid penalty killer and still an overall solid player.
L’Esperance is an interesting one as he still awaits a real shot in the NHL, the Kraken could see him as a guy that could break out with them with some solid playing time. He actually could be the choice if they not only want to save some money but add some depth that could develop over time.
There is no definite choice when it comes to the Stars, but Dickinson and Khudobin both offer something that could benefit the Kraken in a major way this first season and possibly beyond.