As we move further from the season quarter mark and December trickles into a slow start, The Stars are angling to keep their offense in top shape as the season heats up. The Stars look to forward Devin Shore when it comes to holding the team together. From the jump, Devin Shore has been a wonder, both on and off the ice. He’s wow’d crowds with his fearlessness to charge the net and ability to get the puck into the back of the net.
Devin Shore, an Ontario native, was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2nd round (61st overall) during the 2012 Entry Draft. He played 41 games with the Whitby Fury before getting drafted.
Shore attended the University of Maine and played for the Blackbears for 3 seasons, becoming captain for the 2014-2015 season. Following the end of his season, Shore signed a three year deal with the Stars in March 2015, went to a tryout with the Texas Stars, and finished the remaining 19 games with the AHL team.
Devin started the 2015-2016 Texas Stars’ lineup. In the first month of Shore’s official rookie season with the Stars, he was player of the month. He racked in 8 goals and 3 assists in a matter of 9 games, not to mention the +7 rating he achieved with the help of his teammates. Shore was called up to the NHL on November 1st, 2015, appearing in his first game against the Boston Bruins just 11 days later on November 12th.
The next two seasons Shore remain on the Dallas Stars roster and never missed one game. He appeared in all 82 games, snagging 13 goals and 20 assist in back in 2016-2017 before coming back in 2017-2018 grabbing another 11 goals and 21 assists. He was influential when it came to play making, sending off pucks to players like Radek Faksa or getting himself at the perfect place to score.
Devin resigned with the Stars in July of this year, agreeing to two years and $4.6 million. Shore started the season like a man on fire. In the first 18 games Shore collected 5 goals and 6 assists before being injured in the Stars’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Shore missed 4 games before making a return on November 23rd in the Stars’ victory against the Ottawa Senators.
Since Shore’s return, he has collected 2 assists and has a rating of -1. On the ice, Shore is a useful to have. He can play on center and wing, a terrific thing to have when the lineup has been smacked with various injuries. Not to mention that Devin gels well with a majority of the line up, you can put him on the top line with players such as Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, or you can throw him lower with Radek Faksa and Val Nichushkin. He works almost everywhere.
Shore is a player who can bounce back from injury and he isn’t prone to them either. He’s been injured just one time since being called up. Another great thing about Shore is he’s a player who isn’t afraid to get physical when needed, for example:
Shore isn’t loved just on the ice. Off the ice, fans adore the 6’1″ and 205 pound, teddy bear. Usually seen smiling, Shore holds a special place in Stars fans’ hearts. He’s been known to go out of his way to sign autographs for fans and not be afraid to show his emotions in interviews, giving fans a feeling that he’s just a regular guy that has a really cool job.
Overall, this man is a big asset that the Stars need to hold onto. He’s a key player that can flip a game on it’s head and turn the tides in the Stars’ favor. Shore is already emerging as a leader, he still has room to grow but so does the rest of the team, there is full potential there for both parties to grow and do amazing things.
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