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Dallas Stars fantasy preview for 2019-20

Six players among top 100; Benn bounce-back candidate; Heiskanen, Hintz should expand on rookie seasons

by Jonathan Baron / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, the fantasy hockey staff identifies relevant players from the Dallas Stars. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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Ben Bishop, G (NHL.com rank: 11) - He won 27 of his 46 games last season, had an NHL career-high seven shutouts and led the League with a .934 save percentage despite dealing with multiple injuries. Bishop hasn't played more than 53 games since 2015-16 (61) and will turn 33 on Nov. 21, but is the top-ranked fantasy goalie when healthy, especially after a dominant Stanley Cup Playoffs (.933 SV% in 13 games).

Video: Top 10 saves of 2018-19: Bishop

 

Tyler Seguin, C (22) - He had a slow start by his standards with 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) through his first 38 games but finished with 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in his final 44. Seguin has finished top five in shots on goal in each of the past three seasons and plays on one of the NHL's most potent lines with elite forwards Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. Seguin, one of three players with at least 70 points in each of the past six seasons (others: Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Backstrom), is a preseason top 10 fantasy center, especially after the addition of Joe Pavelski.

 

John Klingberg, D (49) - The defenseman missed 18 games with a hand injury but had 45 points (10 goals, 35 assists) in 64 games including an NHL career-high five power-play goals. Klingberg brings exposure to the top line of Seguin, Benn and either Radulov or Pavelski and first power-play unit with all four valuable forwards. Klingberg is worth reaching for among the top 10 fantasy defensemen could feasibly exceed his highest point total (67 in 2017-18).

 

Alexander Radulov, RW (58) - He has finished with 72 points in each of his first two seasons with the Stars and averaged better than a point per game (1.03) last season with NHL career highs in goals (29) and assists (43) in 70 games. Radulov played mostly with Seguin and Benn and is a top 15 fantasy right wing, especially if he remains on the top line; however, Radulov's fantasy value could take a hit if he's replaced by Pavelski at even strength and/or on the first power play.

Video: COL@DAL: Radulov leads Stars with first hat trick

 

Jamie Benn, C/LW (67) - His 53 points (27 goals, 26 assists) last season were his fewest since he had 41 as a rookie in 2009-10. Benn's assist total declined from Dallas' low team shooting percentage (8.3; tied for fourth worst in NHL). A deeper forward group gives the Stars the opportunity for a much better offensive season, and Benn is one of the best fantasy bounce-back candidates likely attainable in the 50-75 range with strong hits coverage (1.7 per game in NHL career).

 

Joe Pavelski, C/RW (81) - He led the San Jose Sharks with 38 goals last season after scoring only 22 in 2017-18. Pavelski shot 20.2 percent last season, fourth in the NHL (minimum 82 SOG) and by far the highest of his NHL career (average: 12.5 percent). Pavelski, even with exposure to Dallas' top forwards, will likely see his shooting percentage dip this season and, at 35, is a player to wait for in the 80-100 range.

Video: 31 in 31: Dallas Stars 2019-20 preview

 

Miro Heiskanen, D (114) - He led all rookies in average ice time (23:07) and rookie defensemen in goals (12) and SOG (182) last season, finishing with 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists). Heiskanen is an obvious breakout candidate who's likely to finish with at least 50 points and should be targeted anytime outside the top 100 in standard leagues and much higher in keeper formats.

 

Roope Hintz, C/LW (166) - He had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his final 14 regular-season games and was tied with Radulov for the Dallas lead in goals (five) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hintz is a sleeper candidate with the chance to break out playing in a top-six role on a line with either Radulov or Pavelski and possible exposure to Seguin or Benn.

 

Other players to consider in late rounds or off waiver wire: Esa Lindell, D (222); Corey Perry, RW; Denis Gurianov, LW/RW; Anton Khudobin, G; Jason Dickinson, C/LW

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