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NHL Central Division: Team Offense Comparison For 2016-17

By Colin Likas
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Jan 7, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) skates off the ice after scoring against Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (not pictured) during the overtime shootout at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Jets 2-1 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1: Dallas Stars

There’s no other answer to the question of which team tops the Central Division in terms of offense. The Stars led the entire league in goals last season, and it started with a ridiculous top line.

When you can combine budding stars like Benn and Tyler Seguin and add in a strong veteran like Patrick Sharp, you’re going to get a solid push. But 217 points from a single line is pretty scary — even if it wasn’t as much as the 225 points produced by the Blackhawks’ second line.

Thing is, there isn’t a lot of severe dropoff from Dallas’ top threesome. Jason Spezza can still go in a major way. Jiri Hudler is a solid addition. Cody Eakin, Patrick Eaves, Ales Hemsky and Antoine Roussel aren’t pushovers on offense either.

On the back end, John Klingberg is offensively dynamic. Stephen Johns is going to show some push with more playing time, if his exploits in the Blackhawks’ farm system are any indication. Jordie Benn is a fine piece offensively as well.

Next: Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links, Sept. 2

When you have 18 guys with 12 or more points in a season, your offense is clicking. Considering eight of them had 30 or more points, that’s super clicking. And it makes Dallas’ offense the best in the Central Division.

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