BLOG: Stars' Benn in rare company

BLOG: Stars' Benn in rare company

Jamie Benn is the Stars' franchise cornerstone for a good reason: There's a lot to like (AP Photo/LM Otero).

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by JOSEPH URSERY

WFAA Sports Blogger

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 10 at 8:48 PM

Some Friday feel-good Mystery Player A and Mystery Player B stat-by-stat comparison for you:

 

Player A:

Age GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM S S% ATOI
20 82 22 19 41 17 -1 45 182 12.1 14:42:00
21 69 22 34 56 21 -5 52 177 12.4 18:01:00
22 48 17 31 48 17 15 45 135 12.6 18:10:00

 

Player B:

Age GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM S S% ATOI
21 82 28 23 51 22 1 58 211 13.3 16:30:00
22 77 29 34 63 25 0 26 256 11.3 18:24:00
23 77 31 40 71 27 -2 62 229 13.5 19:58:00
24 82 52 44 96 41 27 77 311 16.7 22:22:20
 
*For an explanation of statistics used, please visit the Hockey-Reference glossary page.
 

The top player is your Dallas Stars' own Jamie Benn, and his NHL career up to this point.

The bottom player is Jarome Iginla, and his age 21 to 24 seasons to compare to Benn's age 20 to 22 years. Iginla's age 24 season is highlighted as the year he took the leap into superstardom. His age 20 season is omitted for incomplete statistics (ATOI -- Average time on the ice was not kept for years before '98-99) and his age 19 season was omitted as Benn made his entry to the NHL at age 20.

There's no guarantee that Benn will take the steps that Iginla took, or that Benn will end up being as dominant as Iginla has been - but there's evidence in the numbers above that Benn is every bit the player now that Iginla was (and very possibly better) at comparable ages. Iginla was a bit sturdier in terms of games played and had a higher percentage of his shots go in, while Benn has been a bit better as a distributor and is blowing away any season Iginla had in +/- until Iginla's breakout year.

All of that is to say you have a very, very good reason to be excited about the future of this franchise.

 


All statistics collected from hockey-reference.com

When he was 20, Joseph Ursery did a 'pretty ok' job of keeping his apartment clean. Now he does a 'fairly decent' job of tweeting at @thejoeursery.

 

 

 

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