Last night’s game was not fun. Let’s not talk about last night, okay? Instead, we should focus on something positive, like Dallas Stars prospect Miro Heiskanen:
The #3 overall draft pick in 2017, Miro Heiskanen has been spending his year playing for HIFK in Finland, and more recently has been suiting up for Team Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics. And so far, he’s been doing pretty well for an 18-year-old:
“He looks on big ice that he’s a pretty good player,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said after watching Heiskanen on television in the Olympic opener. “For a young guy, he plays a very mature game. He doesn’t get himself into trouble, he moves the puck well, he plays a very low risk game.”
After missing training camp this year with a concussion, Heiskanen will have a chance to make the NHL squad next season. There is a chance he could come to North America sooner and finish the year with the Texas Stars, but don’t hold your breath:
...Nill said Team Finland will get first dibs for the World Championships. While he didn’t say it was impossible for Heiskanen to get a head start on North American hockey this year, he did say it was unlikely.
“Plus, he’s on a pretty good team in Finland, so he might go a long ways in the playoffs over there,” Nill said. “However it works out, he’s going to get a lot of different experiences this year, and we think that will be great for his development.”
You can read more in Mike Heika’s piece here.
About Last Night...
Okay fine, I guess we can mention it briefly. But I don’t have to like it.
The game was all but over when the Stars went down 5-0 to the San Jose Sharks, but they at least didn’t go quietly. Here’s Gemel Smith finally putting the Stars on the board:
And here’s Tyler Pitlick chipping one in to make it slightly less embarrassing:
Here’s what Ken Hitchcock had to say about the game:
"I don't know what to say. When you don't check, and you don't want to check, against a good team who's ready to play, you get buried...when we get back to that, we'll be a good team." pic.twitter.com/Ic1BW7FtZm— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 19, 2018
Here’s Tyler Seguin’s take:
"I think there needs to be a look in the mirror from our leaders." Seguin on the leaders of the team needing to step up in games like this. pic.twitter.com/i10YnxJoNC— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 19, 2018
...And Ben Bishop’s:
"It's a long year and obviously some nights it's not going to go your way and tonight was definitely one of those nights." pic.twitter.com/z4B1paAKWz— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 19, 2018
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Yesterday marked an important anniversary for the Dallas Stars:
Dad's "Return to the Booth" was one year ago. @TheVoiceDS sounded as good as ever and I will never forget this incredible moment. @DallasStars @jamiebenn14 #StraderStrong #NHL #DallasStars https://t.co/P15fkAyNZY— Trevor Strader (@tstrader4) February 19, 2018
At least not every Stars team was on the losing end last night:
There were a handful of other games last night, two of which involved division rivals:
- Proof that last night’s loss could have been worse: the Florida Panthers got clobbered 7-2 by the Winnipeg Jets, who move into the top spot in the Central. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- Nathan Mackinnon’s first game back from injury was spoiled, as the Colorado Avalanche fell to the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 while losing defenseman Erik Johnson. [Copper N Blue]
Speaking of the Oilers, I think we can all agree that hockey fans would boycott the NHL if the Oilers won the lottery again this year:
Are you ready for the Oilers to win another draft lottery? It could happen https://t.co/TDrXmyN70m— Olympic Hockey on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) February 18, 2018
The NHL has given an official press release on the incident in Chicago two nights ago where four fans were kicked out for directing racial taunts towards Devante Smith-Pelly. [NHL]
Meanwhile in South Korea, the men’s hockey tournament bracket has been set:
PLAYOFF PICTURE SET! #SWE, #CZE, #OAR & #CAN earn a quarter-final bye, the rest plays a qualification playoff game on Tuesday. More information and game times: https://t.co/kRVUPZpBJi pic.twitter.com/xVpVrB03uG— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) February 18, 2018
It’s this sort of stuff that reminds me why I love hockey so much:
#Regina's "OHL" isn't the league you may be familiar with, but this Outdoor Hockey League is providing barrier-free access to hockey for kids of all ages.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 19, 2018
via @Rogers @hometownhockey_ pic.twitter.com/pi9BqjNu1M
As we’ve been mentioning lately, the UNT Ice Hockey team has a bid to go to Regionals, and their alumni have set up a fundraiser to help them go. As a club team, they have to pay for everything out of their own pockets, and the alumni are only a few hundred dollars away from their goal. So if you’re able, please send a few extra bucks their way. [Go Fund Me]