Kevin Connauton is a very promising young defenseman, with great offensive instincts, a 99.4 mile per hour slapshot, and a quality outlet pass. But all defenseman, especially offensive ones, need a little while to develop,
Now it's obvious that Connauton has pure puck handling skills, and can get it by the opposing blue line without many hiccups, Connauton is also quick to skate farther into the offensive zone then other Stars D-men, which often confuses the opposition, forcing them to rearrange defensive matchups, as shown the video at the bottom of the page, which was the first career goal for the 6 foot 1 inch 185 pound canadian.
Connauton finished the 2013-14 season with this wonderful tally and 7 assists, which isn't a whole lot, but if you counter in the limited ice time he saw, it's a completely solid point total.
However, the need for more improvement in Connauton's abilities were quite evident in some cases. he was prone to many turnovers, and his offensive roving got him into deep trouble in certain situations. It's understandable for a youthful offensive-minded blue liner to have his struggles, but for a team that fought and clawed all season to just barely qualify for the playoffs, his rookie mistakes were painful to see.
the rather lackluster play of Sergei Gonchar & Aaron Rome means when Connauton did draw into the lineup, there was little insurance to clean up his errors
If Kevin Connauton wants to become a consistent force in the Dallas Stars lineup, more points will need to come, Connauton's lack of size means he will likely never truly solidify himself as a go-to defensive option. Connauton has scoring talent indeed, but is it really enough to float the boat of a team without a true number one defenseman?
Hopefully this question and many more will be answered in the highly anticipated 2014-15 Dallas Stars season, which begins at the American Airlines Center on October 9th when the Stars host divisional rival, The Chicago Blackhawks.