Originally posted on Stars of Big D  |  Last updated 11/2/11

DALLAS - NOVEMBER 06: Brad Richards #91 the Dallas Stars celebrates a goal against the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center on November 6, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Coming into this season, the underlying question for the Dallas Stars was, "who can replace Brad Richards?". Richards logged the heaviest minutes (around 22 per game) among all of the Stars forwards and was a substantial piece of the power-play unit, even if it was ineffective for much of the season.

1 month into the season, it looks like that prospect isn't as daunting as it first appeared with the Stars near the top of the league with an 8-3-0 record. They're tied with the Penguins and Capitals for first in the NHL with eight wins and currently sit second in the Western Conference due to tiebreakers. The Chicago Blackhawks sit in front of them because they have a better goal differential (+8 compared to the Stars +5).

Thus far, the Stars have looked very good so I wanted to take a look at how the minutes have been distributed now that the team is much deeper and doesn't have to rely so much on one guy (even if that one guy was a top-5 or top-10 player in the league).




      Player                  GP          TOI               TOI/G            TOI/G 2010-2011          PP TOI          PP TOI/G         SH TOI          SH TOI/G         Mike Ribeiro 11 211:52 19:15 Steve Ott 11 210:42 19:09 Loui Eriksson 11 208:35 18:57 Brendan Morrow    11 194:12 17:39 Jamie Benn 11 192:21 17:23 Michael Ryder 11 183:56 16:43 Vernon Fiddler 11 152:23 13:51 Radek Dvorak 11 150:59 13:43 Eric Nystrom 6 69:18 Adam Burish 10 112:13 Jake Dowell 9 76:51 Tomas Vincour 3 24:41 Tom Wandell 8 64:28 Krys Barch 3 19:23 Toby Peterson 5 30:49
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