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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Is Heiskanen the Next Niedermayer?

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It seems ridiculous to compare the rookie defenseman to the HHOF, but don’t tell that to Jim Montgomery. Plus, the Stars snap their losing streak against Calgary, GM trading tendencies, and more.

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When it comes to prospects and NHL rookies, everyone loves to play the “who’s their comparison?” game. Scouts, reporters, and fans alike enjoy tossing names around, often naming current or recent NHL stars who share a similar style with the young player.

So who’s the best comparison for Dallas Stars’ rookie Miro Heiskanen? According to head coach Jim Montgomery, one of the greatest defenseman of all time:

“Niedermayer,” Montgomery quickly said. “Scott Niedermayer.”

Most people will roll their eyes at a statement like that. But when Montgomery looks at film of Niedermayer and compares it to Heiskanen’s play, he feels the comparison isn’t that far off:

“It’s God-given ability,” Montgomery said. “That’s what it is. That play that Niedermayer scored for Jersey where he went in, rushed back, broke up a play and went back down and scored. We’ve seen Miro do that three or four times this year already.”

You can read more in Matthew DeFranks’ piece here.


Stars Stories

I’m sure that you all know that the Stars won last night against the Calgary Flames. But here’s something you probably didn’t know:

Joel Hanley played in the game after clearing waivers yesterday. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins placed Gemel Smith on waivers, prompting discussion about what happens if Dallas tries to claim him:

Sean Shapiro tackles the waivers situation, plus some John Klingberg talk, in his latest notebook:


Central Census

Six of the seven teams in the Central played last night, including the Stars. I’d say it worked out rather well for Dallas:

Spoiler alert: they’re stoppable.

With the Stars five points out of third place, I thought about sharing the Wild Card race instead since it’s more relevant to the Stars right now. But that depressed me, so here’s the Central Division standings anyways:


League Links

The future is now for the Philadelphia Flyers, who saw goaltender Carter Hart make his long-awaited debut:

Remember when GM Jim Nill was known as one of the more aggressive traders in the league?

Call me crazy, but claiming that star players aren’t treated fairly by the refs because they don’t get calls in their favor is a laughable concept to me:


Finally...

Dallas Cowboys rookie Leighton Vander Esch is one of the best players on a very good Cowboys defense (this past Sunday aside). He attended the Stars game last night, and the Stars proceeded to earn two points in a shutout. Coincidence? I think not.