The Dallas Stars offensive struggles have continued this past week. After starting the season 3-1-0 the Stars have lost their past three games in which they only scored two goals. Resulting in their record dropping to 3-4-0.
The Roope Hintz preseason hype train has been derailed after he was sent down to the AHL affiliate Texas Stars. In his five games this year he has failed to record a point averaging around 12 minutes of ice time per game. With Hintz being sent down that leaves a vacancy on the bench as the Stars currently have 22-of-23 roster spots filled.
There is really only one name that has been thrown around to get the call-up in place of Hintz…
Denis Gurianov was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft for the Dallas Stars. He played for Tolyatti Lada of the KHL and appeared in one game for the Stars during the 2016-2017 season. His total ice time was 13 minutes and he failed to record a point.
During the 2017-2018 season in the AHL, Gurianov tallied 19 goals and 15 assists in 74 games played. He also scored two goals to go along with three assists in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Gurianov’s greatest strength is his ability to shoot the puck. His smooth handles and lightning quick release leads to some nifty work around the net. Evident by these goals here.
— Tom Dorsa (@TomDorsa) October 14, 2018
— Tom Dorsa (@TomDorsa) October 18, 2018
However, towards the end of last season, Gurianov began to hit a wall. He was scratched for the final six games of the Texas Stars season and it wasn’t a coaching decision. It was an organizational decision.
So, why would the Stars call him up?
The answer to that is quite simple. In addition to him putting in extra work during the offseason, he is off to a hot start for Texas this season. In his seven games, he has five goals and two assists. That is the type of offense the Dallas Stars need at the moment.
The Stars have four of their 19 goals from players that are not named Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, or John Klingberg. Depth scoring was a problem in recent years and through the first seven games, it appears it is the same old story.
Now don’t expect Gurianov to come in and immediately spark the scoring depth. But it could be time to give the kid his shot and try to carve himself a spot on this Stars roster.
There is a chance the Stars don’t make any moves at all, and if that’s the case then so be it. But for the time being why not give somebody a chance to contribute to the struggling Stars offense?
With that said, if the struggles continue, this is going to be another long, mediocre season for the Dallas Stars.
Cover photo credit: Sportsnet.ca Chris Bugajsky covers the Dallas Stars for Full Press Coverage. Follow Chris on twitter @CBugajsky14.