Tyler Seguin was named the second star of the week by the NHL today. It comes on the heels of an incredibly hot week for the 21-year-old center. He had five goals and two assists over the last three games in which the Stars swept their Western Canada opponents (Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks) on the road.
His five-point night against Calgary led to variations of "Thanks Boston!" from Stars fans (and even some media) on Twitter and various social media forums, a reference to the trade this summer that landed the one-time Bruin in Dallas.
That hot week of scoring rocketed him up the league standings, where he now sits eighth overall in total points at the quarter mark of the season. He's in some good company atop the scoring leaderboard, too:
|Alexander Steen||St Louis Blues||Center||17||9||26|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||Center||9||16||25|
|John Tavares||New York Islanders||Center||9||16||25|
|Alex Ovechkin||Washington Capitals||Left Wing||17||7||24|
|Nicklas Backstrom||Washington Capitals||Center||5||19||24|
|Steven Stamkos||Tampa Bay Lightning||Center||14||9||23|
|Corey Perry||Anaheim Ducks||Right Wing||12||11||23|
|Tyler Seguin||Dallas Stars||Center||12||11||23|
|Henrik Zetterberg||Detroit Red Wings||Left Wing||10||13||23|
|Ryan Getzlaf||Anaheim Ducks||Center||10||13||23|
What is even more interesting, though, is how Seguin has earned his points. While many of these top ten players are feasting on power play points, Seguin's have come mainly at even strength. Seguin is third in the NHL at even strength points and his linemate Jamie Benn is right behind him at fourth. Now just imagine what they could do if the Stars' power play could click....
|Player||G||A||Pts||ES Pts||% Total Pts||PP Pts||% Total Pts|
Here's a few highlights of Seguin's work in the past week that earned him the second star:
The empty netter against Edmonton was one of the prettier empty net goals I've seen scored by a Stars player in a while.
And then there was that whole four goals scored in one game thing....something a Stars player hasn't done since 2007.
....and number four.
Dallas Stars make roster moves
A bit of an afternoon update on Stars roster moves as well -- the Stars returned Travis Morin to the Texas Stars of the AHL and have recalled defenseman Aaron Rome. With the addition of Dustin Jeffrey via waiver wire and Kevin Connauton on a conditioning assignment (which means he's still technically on the NHL roster) the Stars are carrying the maximum 23 players allowed with the big club. At the moment, the breakdown is eight defensemen, 13 forwards and two goalies.