Dallas gets the top notch thanks to Colorado and Winnipeg’s uncertainty with their contract negotiations with top players. With that said, Dallas looks very dangerous here as they have a couple options to go with. It’s unclear how the Stars will sort out their top two lines, mainly where do you put the young phenom Roope Hintz at?
Hintz broke out in the playoffs with five goals, with two of them coming against Nashville to tie the series at two games apiece. Dallas went on to clinch that series in six games. He can end up being on the top line opposite of Radulov, more moved to the second line. Either way, he seems like a secret weapon that’s only going to get better.
You have the more proven commodity of Jamie Benn who could end up back on the Stars’ top line. This guy is a bulldog who plays physical and has plenty of offensive firepower to his game. He’s got a proven track record of scoring big goals and playing with a chip on his shoulder. If I’m the Stars, I keep him on the top line. Either way, the Stars have two solid, but very different, options to go with every night.
Finally, there’s Tyler Seguin. Another proven veteran who has made a living out of putting up 70 to 80 points per season. You can take it to the bank he’ll do that again this season on a team that’s my favorite to win the division. Seguin brings an edge to this top line and makes the Stars tough to beat both physically and mentally. They’re the top line until new contracts are worked out with other teams in the division.