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Young Dallas forwards show promise

Talent could help make up for regressing center, Turco's shortcomings

Originally Published: August 15, 2009
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, continuing into the Pacific Division on Saturday with the Stars.

Summer Skate -- Dallas Stars


Last season, Dallas was an above-average team during even-strength play -- except for in the net. Marty Turco was a large part of the reason for the struggles in Dallas and how did the team respond in the offseason? They signed Karlis Skrastins to a two-year, $2.75-million deal to shore up the defense, which was already good. Will their incorrect evaluation of team strengths and weaknesses lead one step forward but two steps back for Tom Hicks and company?

To see which player could soar, which could sink and which could be a potential impact prospect, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.

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