Count defenseman John Klingberg among those who are glad the Dallas Stars hired Ken Hitchcock as coach.

Hitchcock, named coach of the Stars on April 13 after being fired by the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 1, will try to help Dallas get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after they did not qualify last season.

"I've been talking to him a little bit and I'm really excited for this season to come," Klingberg said Thursday as part of the European Player Media Tour. "We have played St. Louis a lot, a division team, a rivalry team, and I told him when he called me this summer that it's great that you're coming because you guys in St. Louis were (very) hard to play against."

Klingberg said the Stars, who won the Central Division in 2015-16, need to be better defensively, something that Hitchcock can help them with.

"We're going to get a good structure defensively, something we missed a little bit from previous years," Klingberg said. "For our team, I think it's really important that we have one or two points or structures that we can lean back on if we're not scoring that many goals.

"It's really important that we know what we're going to do defensively and that we do that every time."

Dallas (34-37-11) finished sixth in the division last season and allowed 260 goals, second most in the League (Colorado Avalanche, 276).