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By Matt Barbato
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Apr 3, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) celebrates a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blues defeat the Stars 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

17. Dallas Stars 

The Stars already had Art Ross Trophy winner Jamie Benn, as well as explosive forward Tyler Seguin, but Dallas decided to pluck some players from a division rival. Dallas added more scoring depth to their top six by acquiring Patrick Sharp from Chicago for Ryan Garbutt and Trevor Daley. The under the radar gem in that deal was defenseman Stephen Johns, who was one of the top prospects in the ’Hawks’ system.

Dallas continued purging the Chicago pipeline by signing defenseman Johnny Oduya to help shore up a shoddy defensive corps. The Stars are hoping Antti Niemi (another former Blackhawk) can be the answer in net after some mediocre years in San Jose.

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Oduya is a nice pick up, but he doesn’t transform Dallas’ defense. Niemi and Kari Lehtonen should have an interesting competition in net. The Stars will light the lamp with ease, but they need to do a better job of preventing other teams from scoring, too.

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