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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Hockey News picks Stars 13th in West

By Mark Stepneski

The Hockey News is counting down its predicted order of finish for the Western and Eastern conferences on its web site over the next few weeks. Today it hit the 13th spot and in the West THN says it will be the Dallas Stars. You can see  THN’s countdown and its take on the Stars here.

The countdown is a preview of the predictions in The Hockey News 2011-12 Yearbook, which is already out in digital form.

In the yearbook, THN offers this to go with its prediction of the Stars finishing 13th in the West:

“Ownership issues have affected the Stars’ ability to retain and attract talent. They just don’t have the horses to run in the West.”

THN offered this on the Stars in its Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide:

“Life after Brad Richards will be pretty painful, as a large chunk of the Stars offense has left town. Center Mike Ribeiro, winger Loui Eriksson, defenseman Alex Goligoski and the versatile Jamie Benn will be responsible for picking up the slack. With less offense, there will be more pressure on Kari Lehtonen to repeat last year’s success. Most of the Stars’ best prospects are not NHL-ready, so expect a few lean years.”

THN puts the Stars’ odds to win the Stanley Cup at 70-1.