The Dallas Stars have one player currently on their roster participating in the All-Star weekend festivities in Toronto, and his name is Jake Oettinger. Apart from Oettinger’s last four games where he has gave up three or more goals each game, the Otter deserves to be there. However, four teammates who are putting up career years have been arguably snubbed from making an appearance.
Matt Duchene – Easily my nomination for the team MVP If I had any say. Duchene came to Dallas hoping to rediscover his offensive touch. It took a little while, but when he lined up with Mason Marchment and Tyler Seguin, the chemistry was evident. They carried team scoring until the top line of Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski began to tear up the ice. On Nov. 9, Duchene recorded three points in a 5-2 romp against the Columbus Blue Jackets and he has not looked back. He has collected 16 points across the last 15 games to support Dallas’s surge in the standings.
Jason Robertson – Robertson is having an exceptional season that nobody is talking about. The CA native is on pace to a point-per-game player for the third consecutive year. He has produced 50 points in 49 games played, which includes three-point streaks that have reached at least five games. From Dec. 18, 2023 to Jan. 2, 2024, Robertson posted 10 points across seven games. The Stars won five of the seven games in that span.
Thomas Harley –Technically not a rookie, Harley has played 40 games over the last two seasons with the Stars.His rookie status was wiped after appearing in 34 NHL contests during the 2021-22 campaign. Harley stepped up during Miro Heiskanen’s absence through most of January, playing big minutes on the top pairing and anchoring the power play.
Roope Hintz – The Stars have several threats to score, and Hintz is one of the most lethal. Hintz is riding a 20.2 shooting percentage into the All-Star break. He has 22 goals and 25 assists and is on pace to shatter previous career highs. Hintz has found chemistry with Robertson and Pavelski going back to last season. Reliable in the face-off dot, the 2015 second round selection wins more draws (55.4%) than loses draws in all three zones.