Yesterday, the NHL All Star Roster was announced, and Miro Heiskanen was selected as the lone representative of the Dallas Stars. He proceeded to celebrate by having arguably his best performance of the season.
Seriously, look at this goal by him early in the second period:
Flashy, right? Well apparently it wasn’t flashy enough, because Heiskanen decided to make the highlight reels a second time:
Miro Heiskanen's walking in like he owns the place. pic.twitter.com/2saQ4ah44w— NHL (@NHL) January 3, 2019
The rookie defenseman would fall short of a hat trick, but we should probably give him a save for the night as well:
The bar for Heiskanen’s “best game yet” was already sky-high. And he just jumped over it like it was nothing.
More Miro Moments
Here’s what Heiskanen had to say about his First Star performance:
Miro Heiskanen talks about being an All-Star, scoring the game-winning goal and playing with Roman Polak. pic.twitter.com/O2CZ70G6nU— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 3, 2019
Count head coach Jim Montgomery as one of the young Finn’s many fans:
"I don't know what to say about him anymore. I am just glad I get the opportunity to coach him."— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) January 3, 2019
The future is extremely bright for Miro Heiskanen and the @DallasStars defense core. #GoStars | #NHL pic.twitter.com/UN7hybWRMj
Even Tyler Seguin is on the hype-train:
Tyler Seguin said he would've liked to hide Miro Heiskanen in Dallas a little bit longer but he's already broken out. pic.twitter.com/Y7C1LKeBz8— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 3, 2019
Seriously, he even joked about not wanting to go to the All Star Game since Heiskanen already is:
Tyler Seguin on the final All-Star fan vote: "I’m not going to vote for myself."— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 3, 2019
No campaign slogan?
“No. You guys don’t have to vote for me. It’s OK. Let Miro take it all.”
The hockey world was stunned yesterday. Only one word can describe this: wow.
“Wait a minute Tyler, what do the World Juniors have to do with Heiskanen?”
Why I’m glad you asked! Remember this soundbite from Sean Shapiro’s piece on Monday?
Jason Spezza once told me that the World Junior Championships were great because they were an opportunity to win free lunch from Europeans who thought their country would beat Canada.
Well guess who got the last laugh?
On the @dfwticket Post Game Show, Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen said that because Finland beat Canada at the World Juniors tonight, he has won a free lunch from Jason Spezza and is excited to cash in on the bet.— Owen Newkirk (@OwenNewkirk) January 3, 2019
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Seguin might disagree, but you should definitely vote him into the All Star Game. I mean, do you really want [insert rival player here] to join the Central team instead?
Both Jamie Benn and Julius Honka were pulled out of the game early due to injury concerns. Here’s hoping they’re okay:
Both Benn (upper body) and Honka (upper body) were held out for the rest of the game for precautionary reasons, according to Jim Montgomery.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 3, 2019
Are you pumped for the 2020 Winter Classic? The Stars are, and you should be too: [NHL]
Speaking of which, who do YOU think the Stars should play?
Elliotte Friedman weighs in on the whole Jim Lites situation in his latest 31 Thoughts: [Sportsnet]
Sean Shapiro put together a nice piece on Jim Montgomery and his relationship with his late father:
Best coaches and leaders are honest and put the collective before the individual. Miss my Dad - his advice, so we practise what he preached. Thanks @seanshapiro for capturing my fav Jim Montgomery’s https://t.co/Zzv1lTunLa— Lisa Montgomery (@lmontgomerycan) January 3, 2019
Here’s the All Star roster for the Central:
And here are the aforementioned rival players that you definitely want to stay home in favor of Seguin:
(That being said, I kind of want Patrik Laine to go too...)
Now then, let’s just jaunt over to the standings and would you look at that?
Around the League
The All Star game will be without one of the league’s best, as Alexander Ovechkin has decided to sit this one:
A lot can happen in a calendar year. DownGoesBrown looks at teams that have changed their fortunes since the beginning of 2017 and some currently struggling teams that might compare: [The Athletic]
Speaking of struggling, can the Edmonton Oilers actually get worse? Spoiler: yes.
Things could get even worse for the Oilers https://t.co/ntbC9cyXO9— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 2, 2019
Man I love this kid:
Heiskanen on game-winning goal.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 3, 2019
"I just go there and shoot and it went in."