It wasn’t always pretty, but the Dallas Stars started off the preseason right last night with a win over the St. Louis Blues. The team consisted mostly of players projected to make the NHL roster, which includes new fan-favorite Miro Heiskanen:
The rookie looked poised and comfortable, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise after how he’s handled everything else leading up to this stage of his career.
There was one play in particular in the first period where Heiskanen’s talent stood out as he caught a looping puck out of mid-air, dropped it to his stick, and flipped a no-look saucer pass to Spezza for a clean zone entry.
The rest of the lineup was filled out with some of the younger players, including recent 1st round draft pick Ty Dellandrea:
Dellandrea’s line with Nick Caamano and Jason Robertson performed about as you’d expect. They had some nice offensive moments, but as a unit, they are still adjusting to NHL speed in the defensive zone.
There were a couple of moments where they were caught running around in the zone and were bailed out because they were on the ice with Heiskanen and Klingberg.
You can read more in Sean Shapiro’s recap here.
Ben Bishop was in net for the first half of the game, and he looked solid, blocking all 16 shots against him: [SportsDay DFW]
Speaking of whom, the Stars’ starter has a new #1 fan thanks to his puck-handling skills:
Jim Montgomery on using Ben Bishop's passing ability: "I’ve already got the term “Bish-up.” Instead of a quick-up ,it’s going to be a Bish-up...The forwards, if he has the puck and he’s facing up-ice, take off, because he’s as good as passing the puck as defenseman are."— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) September 19, 2018
Here’s a nice little piece about the Stars’ media team and their unique way of announcing the Tyler Seguin extension:
The @DallasStars have raised the bar for contract announcements.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 18, 2018
Our @ByDavidSingh spoke to the editor behind that viral @tseguinofficial, Super Mario Bros. video. ⬇️https://t.co/C4FGe03ZRz
Around the League
DownGoesBrown kicked off the week with his annual “Bizarro Rankings” for the all the NHL teams. Here’s his look at the Western Conference from Monday: [The Athletic]
...and here’s the Eastern Conference, where the Ottawa Senators make “Bizarro” history: [The Athletic]
This is not a drill:
Jägermeister is now the "official shot of the NHL." I'm not kidding.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 18, 2018
(No really, this is a real thing.)
Unsigned RFA William Nylander might want a long-term deal from the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it might be better for him to accept a bridge deal instead: [The Hockey News]
Here’s a writing prompt for the comments section:
What goes up... pic.twitter.com/ATt165SKOu— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 18, 2018
Color me surprised: just like last year, the Vegas Golden Knights are the top-selling team for tickets: [ESPN]
Finally, Corey Pronman ranked each NHL team by their players under 23 years old. The Stars, uhh, did not do well:
New post @TheAthleticNHL: Ranking NHL teams by their 23 and under core players (NHL players + prospects) https://t.co/NAnZifUBDc— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) September 18, 2018