Once the NHL season can start, the Dallas Stars can’t wait to get their new players on the ice. One of them in particular is Jaromir Jagr. With the role of an on-ice coach as well as a playmaker on the top lines, Jagr’s presence will be a huge impact for the offense.
The impact doesn’t just extend to the one season he is under contract. What Jagr can teach the future superstars on the roster will be felt in the franchise for many years to come.
Jamie Benn is one star who can benefit the most from being under Jagr's tutelage. Benn is coming off of a career high 63-point season. Seven times in Jagr’s career he has tallied more than 63 assists and in one season scored 62 goals.
Jagr’s wisdom will be one of the things that will translate to Benn the fastest. Benn’s ability to hear from Jagr what he is seeing on the ice will pay huge dividends. It is one thing to be coached from someone on the bench, but that can only go so far. With Jagr hitting the boards alongside him, Jagr’s word could carry more weight.
Benn could also pick up some tips on where to position himself to best get rebounds, which would increase his goal scoring over the season. Not to mention with Jagr closing in on 1,000 assists, it is likely he will feed Benn the puck in order to hit that milestone sooner than later.
The veteran mindset and increased goal production isn’t all Benn will pick up from Jagr. He also gets another threat on the ice. Many times over the past two seasons the opposing defenses key on Benn during his shift and make the other four players beat them.
Adding Jagr as well as Ray Whitney will give Benn a little more space to work. If defenses still key primarily on Benn, there are more potent threats which will increase Benn’s assist totals.
With Jagr on the ice, Benn has the best chance of his young career to push Loui Eriksson as the team’s leading scorer.