In bringing back Hanley, the Stars have shored up their defensive depth for next season. Serving as their seventh defenseman last year, Hanley should expect much of the same heading into the 2023-24 NHL season. Last season, Hanley managed to play in 26 games in Dallas, scoring two assists in just over 11 and a half minutes a night.
In the playoffs, especially in the midst of the team’s run to the 2023 Western Conference Finals, Hanley actually received much more playing time for the Stars, largely due to the internal demotion of defenseman Nils Lundkvist. Because the team did not deem Lundkvist ready for playoff hockey, Hanley played in 13 games, grabbing one assist in almost 13 minutes a night.
Although he will not be a big name on the back for Dallas, Hanley provides the team with organizational depth in case of injury. Being one of the more serviceable extra defenseman in the league, Hanley should be an adequate safety net for the Stars.