28-Year-Old Left Wing – Dallas Stars
Antoine Roussel Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $8 million extension with Dallas in July 2014.
Roussel (back) will return to the lineup Sunday against the Sharks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Roussel is a member of a precious rare breed -- he's one of only nine NHL players ever to be born in France, and one of just two currently active in the league. He's also one of the most skilled tough guys in the NHL, a ruthless hitter and willing fighter who's already established a record as a reliable provider of a goal total in the teens and a point total in the 20s. Just 25 years old entering this season, Roussel has room for growth in his offensive game, but his breakout capacity remains limited while he's stuck as the third-line left wing with minimal power-play minutes behind superstar Jamie Benn and future star Valeri Nichushkin.
If the secret isn't out on Roussel in your league, you need to grab him. The French forward has a good nose for the net and loads of grit. His game is growing and he has a real shot at a gig on the left side of Dallas' second line. As the Stars coaching staff works with him, you should expect to see his offensive production grow and his PIMs decline as they help him rein in his hot temper. Still, he may provide up to 40 points this season and offer ample help in the penalty minutes category. He logged 209 PIMs last season -- third-highest in the NHL -- and will still likely deliver 200 this year. His coaches just can't bottle up that temper that quickly.
The feisty Frenchman was an ideal fit on Dallas' fourth line last season, chipping in seven goals in just 39 games despite averaging just 9:24 of ice time after being called up from the AHL in early February. He combines with teammate Ryan Garbutt to give the Stars a pretty nice fourth line -- as far as fourth lines go -- offering speed, hitting and the occasional goal.