When the Dallas Stars traded utility forward Steve Ott for Derek Roy many wondered if the organization had just lost a seemingly invaluable part of the team for a half-season or less of a an oft-injured center, signed for just one more year, in need of shoulder surgery, while staring a lockout in the face.

25 games in it's safe to say that Derek Roy has been nearly everything Stars fans hoped he would be.

15 points and a +6 rating are nice, but he does so much more. He's tenacious on the forecheck. His lines turn pucks over and create chances. He's on the positive side of puck possession every night (looking at you, Ribs). He can play in all situations, and does. He fuels the transition game, and they sorely missed him there when he was out with the groin problem.

Most importantly Roy's presence gives the Stars balance and a threat to score when Jamie Benn isn't on the ice, either during a game or as in last night's contest with Benn missing altogether.