By now, the fact that Miro Heiskanen is a rookie stud is no secret, at least not for people who watch the Dallas Stars play hockey. The young Finn is third on the team at 22:08 in time on ice, which also leads all NHL rookies in the category.
Perhaps the most impressive part about Heiskanen’s play is his stick handling. Or maybe it’s his hockey IQ. Or maybe just about everything:
“His stickwork is flawless … and his reads,” said Stars head coach Jim Montgomery. “It’s amazing to say a 19-year-old covers up other people’s mistakes, but he’s doing a lot of that out there. His hockey sense is off the charts.”
It’s become common place for people to watch the defenseman play and swear he’s not a rookie, but a long-tenured veteran in disguise. And perhaps that’s because Heiskanen possesses something that helps him stand above his peers — incredible raw talent.
“It’s a skill, and he has elite hockey skills,” said [General Manager Jim] Nill as he talked about several examples of Heiskanen’s knack for doing the right thing. “It’s who he is. A lot of these things you can’t teach.”
“I think it’s 99 percent instinct,” [Montgomery] said. “He looks at the film and I think he gets it right away. I don’t think he needs to see the end of the clip.”
You can read more in Mike Heika’s piece here.
Hey, it’s a good thing we have a spare stud defenseman already eating up big min— okay sorry, I can’t stay positive. This is just terrible:
Klingberg out at least 3 weeks. Upper-body injury.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) November 9, 2018
Here’s more shameless self-plugging (kind of):
Worst part about this is that the Stars are about to hit a stretch where they play 8 games in a 14 day stretch, including 5 games in one week and three back-to-backs.— Tyler Mair (@mairican) November 9, 2018
Let’s combat this with some optimism, shall we? Here’s Devin Shore on yet another big night:
.@devinshore was wide AWAKE against the Sharks.— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) November 9, 2018
"You want to make sure that once you get back on home ice you aren't sleeping out of the gate. To get a win in the first one back was huge for us." pic.twitter.com/pucCNuPuyd
Tyler Seguin also found the back of the net (finally), though I’m surprised he didn’t thank Taylor in his interview...
.@tseguinofficial was more than relieved to find the back of the net again.— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) November 9, 2018
"A couple of deep breaths after the puck went in. That was nice. I feel like I can play hockey again." #GoStars | #NHL pic.twitter.com/2LOi7HwfeZ
And from an article standpoint, Sean Shapiro more or less predicted Denis Gurinaov’s usage last night when answering some mailbag questions: [The Athletic]
The Stars weren’t the only Central team to take the ice last night, with two of their division rivals also playing:
- Jeremy Colliton lost his head coaching debut as the Chicago Blackhawks fell 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes. [Second City Hockey]
- The Minnesota Wild meanwhile stood pat at second in the Central by beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. [NHL]
The Central remains a bloodbath, but at least the Stars seem to be standing above the carnage (for now):
So, uhh, this happened last night:
The Canucks and Bruins combined for eight ‼️ goals in the second period in Boston.https://t.co/fMOMF1yOVi— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 9, 2018
In advance of the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, Sean McIdoe dropped some vintage Down Goes Brown:
In his latest power rankings, Greg Wyshnyski names the top rookie for each NHL team this season. You’ll never guess who he picked for the Stars: [ESPN]
This... is something:
ECHL’s Reading Royals ready to debut special 3D jerseys https://t.co/U2CCNmi97v— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 8, 2018
Can you imagine if something like this happened today with someone like Sidney Crosby?
Bobby Orr announced his retirement 40 years ago today and skated into the sunset having played only 657 games in the NHL. He's not the only young star who has burned bright before having to hang 'em up early, however:https://t.co/O4wpTGk59j pic.twitter.com/Er9JVPkuuu— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 9, 2018