We are finishing up our 2010 player reviews this week on the blog.
Today's player: Brandon Segal
Segal, who turns 27 in July, came to the Stars on a waiver claim in February. The Los Angeles Kings had signed Segal to a two-year deal ($550,000 per season) before the 2009-10 campaign, but things just never clicked. Segal had one goal and one assist in 25 games, so the Kings opted to try to send him to their AHL affiliate. The Stars claimed Segal, figuring they could use a big forward who was a right-handed shot and at affordable price. Jere Lehtinen was dealing with injury issues and the Stars wanted more depth.
But Segal certainly gave the Stars more than they expected. He had five goals and five assists in 19 games in Dallas, including two game-winning goals.
Segal uses his size (6-foot-2, 209 pounds) well, trying to win puck battles along the boards and pushing and shoving in front of the net. He plays a simple game and does it well.
Segal also has enough versatility to play on a few lines, but his importance is that he gives the club depth at forward with a right-handed shot (they've got plenty of lefties). Segal has one year remaining on his contract at $550,000. He will be competing in training camp with a couple of right-handed forwards trying to earn NHL jobs for the first time -- Scott Glennie (could go back to juniors) and Tomas Vincour (could play for Texas Stars).