In case you haven’t heard, Miro Heiskanen had a very solid debut in his first career NHL game. His first full shift was so impressive that it even inspired Sean Shapiro to write up a film room of the young Finnish defenseman:
Miro Heiskanen's first NHL shift was pretty, pretty, pretttttttty good. (via r/hockey) pic.twitter.com/eh90GlplLN— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) October 5, 2018
People will immediately take notice of the scoring chances, but there are more subtle things that make it an excellent shift, such as when the Arizona Coyotes regained possession:
He doesn’t get sucked in offensively, he maintains an ideal gap, taking away options starting in the offensive zone, and by the time the puck does enter the defensive zone he’s angled the Arizona forward into the boards and separated him from the puck with a stick check before making a pass to his defensive partner Marc Methot.
The film room doesn’t just focus on Heiskanen, however; it also touches upon Marc Methot and how the veteran helped out the rookie:
Methot also deserves credit for aiding in Heiskanen’s performance against Arizona. Throughout the game, the veteran defender was a loud voice for the rookie and helping him read situations.
You can read more at Sean’s place here.
Heiskanen wasn’t the only defenseman to turn heads. Matthew DeFranks breaks down Connor Carrick’s first game as a Dallas Star. [SportsDay DFW]
Never fear, Razor fans! The Razor Emporium is back this season.
Former Defending Big D helmsman Josh Lile takes a look at Julius Honka’s scratch and whether it was the right decision: [SportsDay DFW]
The Texas Stars had their season opener last night and, obviously inspired by their friends in the NHL, scored three goals for the win!
Here’s arguably the most impressive stat from the game:
Fun fact of the night: Texas Stars are 10-0 all-time in home openers.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 6, 2018
If you want to watch Texas games this season, definitely look into the AHL’s new streaming plan, which is more affordable than ever before: [AHL]
Around the League
No one in the Central played last night, so here’s a panel of beat writers making predictions for the season instead:
Central Intelligence: Young players to watch and predicting the Central Division playoff teams https://t.co/kfISoD2pOZ— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 5, 2018
Two Dallas Stars prospects make Ryan Kennedy’s list of 75 NCAA players to keep an eye out for this season: [The Hockey News]
I’m sure this surprises no one:
Capitals’ Tom Wilson to appeal 20-game suspension https://t.co/mdUTldbqHd— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 5, 2018
Down Goes Brown has his latest Grab Bag out, in which he manages to make everyone feel old (even me, somehow):