Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brenden Dillon to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dillon, 23, recorded career-highs in almost every statistical category during the 2013-14 campaign. He finished the season with 17 points (6-11=17), including two shorthanded goals, and a plus/minus rating of +9 in 80 regular-season contests with the Stars. Dillon ranked fourth among all NHL defensemen and led all Stars skaters with a +20 rating at home this season. He also led the club with 168 hits and ranked second with 149 blocked shots.
The native of New Westminster, British Columbia made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, logging two shots and two penalty minutes in two postseason contests.
Dillon has recorded 25 career points (9-16=25) in 129 regular-season NHL games over parts of three seasons, all with the Stars. He has also registered 43 points (9-34=43) in 123 regular-season American Hockey League games with the Texas Stars. Dillon represented Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, scoring one goal, posting a +3 rating in eight games at the tournament.
"Brenden is a young defenseman that plays a tough, physical game," Nill said. "Over the last few seasons, he's learned to use that size and strength to his advantage helping him evolve into a solid shut-down defenseman. Brenden is an important part of our group and we expect him to keep growing into the player we know he can become."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defenseman went undrafted and was originally signed by Dallas as a free agent on March 1, 2011.