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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Player review: Trevor Daley

By Richard Durrett

Our skate through the Stars' defense continues today as we look at specific players and give you a brief overview of how they did this past season.

Trevor Daley
Defenseman Trevor Daley has the potential to be a 30-point player for the Stars next season.
Today's player: Trevor Daley

Daley, 26, played his fifth full season with the Stars. He had 22 points, 16 of them assists, with plus-3 rating and 25 penalty minutes. He averaged 22:11 of ice time in 77 games.

The 22 points were second-most among Stars' defensemen (Stephane Robidas was first) and his plus-3 was second to Mark Fistric (who was an impressive plus-27).

Daley's numbers are actually very typical for him. He had 24 points in 2007-08 and 25 in 2008-09, playing in at least 75 games both seasons. That was an improvement over his first two years in the league. His average ice time increased a little this season, putting him second-most behind Robidas. He played on both special teams, though more on the penalty kill.

Daley is a very good skater who can join the rush and help make things happen on offense. He's the type of player that should excel in Marc Crawford's style. Daley's play was inconsistent at times in 2009-10, much like the rest of the Stars' defense. But Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said he felt like Daley played better near the end of the season.

The Stars would like to see even more from Daley next season as he gets more used to Crawford's system. Can he be a 30-point player? I would say yes. What did you think of Daley's play this past season?