When the Dallas Stars acquired Patrick Sharp from the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, they accomplished a few things. For one, they pulled off the rare feat of landing a key player from a division rival — something that just doesn’t happen all that often in today’s NHL. They also instantly made their team better and, in the process, made the Central Division that much more competitive.
On top of all that, the Stars made themselves one of the premier teams in all of hockey to watch if you like scoring. Lindy Ruff’s squad struggled to keep the puck out of their own net this past season (260 goals allowed), and that was ultimately their undoing. But they never seemed to have a hard time lighting the lamp on the other end of the ice (261 goals for). And now they figure to be even more dangerous with the puck.
That means, if nothing else, Dallas should be one of the NHL’s more entertaining clubs next season. Which, naturally, sets the stage for us to give you a quick rundown of five of the top offenses in the game for 2015-16.