ToddM wrote:Good read on how the Stars *f-bomb* over their young prospects by trading for bottom-feeding vets that they don't even need:
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas ... lius-honka
This article is nonsense. Every team sprinkles vets into their lineup. That's not a big deal. It's also not a problem. If a young player is good, he's going to play and will play over these vets. If a young guy struggles, the vet will take his ice time.
Let's look at last night's lineup:
3rd year traded for prospect - traded for vet - UFA signed vet
drafted vet - rookie draftee- undrafted rookie free agent
traded for vet - 4th year draftee - UFA signed vet
3rd/4th year draftee - 2nd year draftee - 5th year draftee
3rd year draftee - 5th year draftee
rookie draftee - UFA signed vet
traded for draftee - traded for vet
forward scratch: traded for vet
d scratches: traded for vet and 2nd season draftee
Of the 18 skaters in the lineup last night, 10 were drafted by the Stars. Two were acquired while prospects and broke into the league as rookies with the Stars. That's 12 of 18 guys being "home grown" talent. The top three defenders in ice time are all Stars draft picks who never once had to whine about a veteran blocking their playing time.
Their lineup is full of lots of home grown talent, but if there is a problem, it's that the forward group isn't exactly full of a lot of high end home grown talent. The list is pretty much Benn and Hintz. That's it. The rest of the home grown forwards just aren't very good, which is why those Stars draftees primarily make up the bottom six of the forward group. Dickinson and Faksa are checking line guys, but they aren't ever going to be point producers. Nichushkin and Ritchie are severely limited due to one missing hands and the other deciding to line his skates with lead.
Edit: Thought this was written by DeFranks, but now see it was not. That makes sense. I like DeFranks and don't think he'd ever go to this length to make a lengthy write up all to try to explain away how Honka sucking is actually not sucking if you ignore things like goals and assists and focus on make believe potential goals. In playing the exact same roles in terms of minutes, playing partners, etc., Honka's points per 60 minutes played is 0.60, which is really bad, while Fedun's is over one and is right in line with what Heiskanen is producing. Yes, Fedun is a better offensive generator than Honka, and that should say a lot about why Honka sits.