In the first part of a three part series, I will look at Patrick Sharp, one of the Dallas Stars newest acquisitions. Sharp was brought to Dallas via trade this summer. The Stars shipped Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt to Chicago for Sharp and defenseman prospect Stephen Johns.
Sharp played for the Flyers and their AHL affiliate from 2002-2006 before he was traded to the Blackhawks where he went on to win 3 Stanley Cups by forming a brilliant core with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. His trade to the Stars ended a nine year run with the Blackhawks.
- Height: 6’1
- Weight: 198
- Shoots: Right
- Age: 33
Sharp’s offensive prowess is one of the most lethal parts of his game which is one of the reasons why he has had multiple hat tricks in his career. While shuffling lines in Chicago, he became one of the Blackhawks go-to forwards when a big goal was needed. His chemistry levels were always high with his teammates which really helped create success.
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2014 regular season:
- Games played: 68
- Goals: 16
- Assists: 27
Sharp helped the Blackhawks earn the 4th spot overall in the Western Conference during 2014-15. He had a relatively down year compared to his other years but the Blackhawks were still able to finish with a record of 48-28-6. Last season, Sharp shared the third line with Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen. He was moved up to the top line with Toews and Hossa for a short amount of time in the Stanley Cup Final.
- Games Played: 129
- Goals: 43
- Assists: 38
One of the more intriguing parts of Sharp’s game is his playoff experience. The Stars needed more of that since most of their players have only made the Playoffs a few times. He has visited the Playoffs in eight separate seasons. His best was the 2009-10 season when he had 11 goals and 11 assists.
- 2014 Olympic Gold Medal
- 2008 World Championship Silver Medal
- Stanley Cup Champion: 2010, 2013, 2015
- NHL All-Star Game MVP (2011)
- 526 points (249 goals, 277 assists)
Most Stars fans know that Sharp was involved in the Blackhawks three Stanley Cups in the last six years but others may not know about some of his other achievements. Sharp served as a depth forward on the Gold Medal-winning 2014 Canadian hockey team. He also won the All-Star Game MVP award in 2011 during his only career all-star selection.
Overall, Patrick Sharp is a great acquisition for any team to make but he is an absolutely perfect acquisition for the Stars to make. Tyler Seguin has been to the Stanley Cup Final and he has hoisted the trophy before but he was the only forward on the Stars roster to do that before this summer.
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Now the Stars will have veteran experience and elite offense to add to their team. I expect Sharp to fit perfectly on whatever line he ends up on, whether it’s with Benn and Seguin or Spezza. As you can see from the stats and accomplishments listed above, he has what it takes to take a team struggling to make the Playoffs into contention. He will be a perfect mentor to Benn and Seguin and will be welcomed with the fans.
Patrick Sharp will be in a new environment for the first time in a while this next season, but that won’t mess up his rhythm. Sharp will be ready to go and so will the Stars. He will be a perfect complement to a team on the rise!