Now that the first four games are in the books, it's essential to know who to watch and who will have an impact going forward. Therefore, I'm going to give you my three stars of the Dallas Stars thus far.
Third Star: This choice was very difficult because so many players have done so well but I have to go with defenseman Brenden Dillon. Dillon averages 19:44 minutes played which is second most on the team, trailing only Segei Gonchar. He has been in the right place at the right time and is in the top five players in points on the team with three. He has one goal, two assists, six blocks, six hits, and is plus one in the plus/minus category. With his sacrificial and hard-nosed type of play, look for Dillon to continue to lead the defenseman in many categories.
The other players considered were Alex Chiasson (ranked fourth), Jamie Benn (ranked fifth), and Rich Peverley (ranked sixth). The only thing that kept me from choosing Chiasson is the negative plus/minus, as I see this as the most important stat. Benn has four points (1 goals, 3 assists) but I think he needs to capitalize more seeing as he's only converted 10% of his shots for goals. Peverley's stats don't jump off the page but he has skated hard and looked energized.
Second Star: Unlike the third star, the next two choices are very easy. The second star goes to center Tyler Seguin. The recently-acquired youngster has two goals and four assists in four games. He's an even zero in the plus/minus category and to top things off, he has one incredible slap-shot. Seguin will continue to play smart and the chemistry with Jamie Benn will develop into a lethal combination.
First Star: The moment you've all been reading for! See what I did there? Anyways, the first star goes to... Kari Lehtonen. The "Big Fin" has been huge thus far considering he's faced a total of 85 shots in just four games and only allowed only four goals. He has a save percentage of .953 and a goals against average of an astounding 1.57. He did go down with a lower body injury late against the Winnipeg Jets but when he returns, look for him to continue to be the anchor for this team and the leader from the crease.
The Stars face the Colorado Avalanche on Tue., Oct. 15, who have found great success under new head coach Patrick Roy. They are 5-0-0 through the first five games.