I took a hiatus from my regular Tuesday column last week as I was on the tail end of a vacation, but I am now back and ready to share some thoughts on the first few games for Dallas.

Thanks to NHL Center Ice, I have caught almost every Stars game this season, and I have been pretty impressed by the play of the team considering the rookies on defense, a constantly-changing group of forwards due to injuries and the Jamie Benn holdout, and a unique situation in goal with early season injuries to Kari Lehtonen and Cristopher Nilstorp.

Read on for 10 thoughts on the Stars from the first week of the season.

10. I was really impressed with Reilly Smith's play through the first few games of the season. He isn't the biggest or fastest player on the ice, but he is very slippery and really smart. He will learn a lot from Ray Whitney, who has had a very impressive career relying on hockey sense and puck skill to succeed. Smith will probably bounce up and down between the NHL and AHL this season, and I'd expect him to make the full time jump this fall.