This team fell apart down the stretch of the regular season. They were regulars in the wildcard spots nearly all season, then collapsed. Quickly following the shocking miss of the playoffs, the great Ken Hitchcock announced his retirement just one season into his return to the Stars’ bench.
With the Stars bringing in another new head coach, Jim Montgomery, they now have to learn a new system. The change may be for the best in the long run, but it raises questions and concerns about how they’ll start.
One thing they certainly have going for them is their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov can stand toe to toe with any top line in the league. It gives them a fighting chance against every team, so you have to keep that in mind.
Much like the Blackhawks, their depth and goaltending is an issue. You need depth to survive the grind of an 82-game season, and I don’t see the Stars having that. Ben Bishop can go on hot streaks, and then go cold just as fast. If some unforeseen players erupt, then the narrative will certainly change. Where we stand in the offseason, the Stars will take a step back into the 80-85 point range and miss the playoffs by a wider margin.