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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Analyzing Valeri Nichushkin

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Sean Shapiro breaks down a film room on the Stars’ other 2013 first rounder. Plus, the Stars win in overtime against the Flames, revisiting bad draft choices, and more.

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While a lot of focus has been placed on the Dallas Stars2014 first round pick, their top choice from just a year earlier, Valeri Nichushkin, has also split the fanbase pretty heavily. The forward has struggled to put up points so far this season after returning from the KHL, which has led to less ice time in key situations such as in last Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche:

“I thought he was having a fine game, but we’re down 1-0, and I wanted to play some forwards that I thought were going more,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said earlier this week. “The realism is he doesn’t have a goal. So we’re down 1-0, I was going to play the guys that I thought might be able to get us goals.”

Sean Shapiro broke down some film of Nichushkin to try and give fans a better idea of how the forward has been faring thus far. And while he’s not lighting up the scoresheet, there are many smaller things the young Russian is doing well:

Nichushkin’s positioning has been quite good, particularly when playing defense. In the Stars’ defensive scheme, the wingers are typically responsible for the opposing point men. Nichushkin does a good job closing down space and in this situation blocks a shot against Edmonton.

You can read more on Nichushkin behind the paywall: [The Athletic]


Stars Stories

Good news, everyone: the Stars beat the Calgary Flames last night 4-3 in overtime!

Here’s the post-game presser from Jim Montgomery:

And here’s Tyler Seguin, who scored the game-winner:

Speaking of game-winners, someone was not a happy camper last night:

If you aren’t a Landon Bow fan yet, here’s something to get you on board:

Sometimes, we focus solely on the head coach’s achievements and not those of the rest of the coaching staff. Congrats to Brad Jellis!


Central Census

It wasn’t too busy last night in the NHL, but there was still a decent amount of Central Division action:

Hey look, the Stars passed up the Winnipeg Jets in the standings and it only took them three games in hand to do it!


League Links

I’m not saying I would target Ilya Kovalchuk in a trade, but...

Brad Marchand is perhaps the best “pest” in the league. Will the Tkachuk brothers one day reach a similar status? [NBC Sports]

The Philadelphia Flyers have made more shakeups, including waiving goaltender Calvin Pickard. [Sportsnet]

Jack Hughes (hopefully) won’t be in victory green — at least not anytime soon — but this quick video is still worth your time:

Have you ever wondered “what if the NHL had the shootout before the game even started? Of course not, but that hasn’t stopped the Federal Hockey League: [The Hockey News]

I was expecting the Stars’ entry to be depressing. It was, but at least they’re not alone:


Finally...

I love everything about this: