You couldn’t draw Dallas Stars rookie Miro Heiskanen’s first goal any prettier than this.
All aboard the Heiskanen Hype Train pic.twitter.com/TDFXc1A7FW— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 26, 2018
What makes this goal, though, is what happened on the other end of the ice just before this that you can’t see in this clip.
The Anaheim Ducks had a breakaway chance on goaltender Ben Bishop, and Heiskanen hustled back to make a good play with his stick to control the rebound. His pass found a Stars forward in the neutral zone, and he skated like the wind from his own net to be in position for that pass from Jason Spezza.
And oh my, that Spezza pass.
Perfectly laid on the stick in pace with where Heiskanen was going to be on the ice. It was a very nice tap-in from there past John Gibson, who was playing the shot from Spezza the whole way and had no chance at stopping Heiskanen’s shot.
The young blueliner has been fantastic so far for Dallas, playing a game that comes across way more mature than his nine games of NHL experience. It’s not surprising to Stars fans that saw him win the defender of the year in Liiga last season, a league where he played big minutes against men much older and much more experienced than he was.
You can be sure it’s just the first of many for the promising puck-moving defensemen.