John Klingberg has come a long way from being drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. The Norris caliber defenseman sat down with The Athletic’s Scott Burnside recently to talk hockey, his career path, and just life in general in a recent interview.
For instance, when Jim Nill took over as General Manager in 2013, he and his scouts wanted Klingberg to come over to the AHL that year. But Klingberg didn’t feel that he was ready, and convinced Nill it was best to stay another year:
Klingberg endured a miserable season in Finland in 2011-12 – “I was too young to move away,” he recalled. “You felt it right away.” – and then after returning to Sweden suffered through an injury-plagued 2012-13 season, so he wanted to refine his game at home before pursuing in earnest his dream of being an NHL player.
Klingberg also talked about his role as one of the leaders in the Stars’ locker room, namely how he wasn’t afraid to speak up and tell it like it is:
“I’m honest. I’m straightforward,” he said. “I’m an open person. I understand people... I think they appreciate it most of the time even if they sometimes get pissed off at me,” Klingberg said with a laugh.
You can read more behind the paywall: [The Athletic]
Another great interview, this one coming after the recent loss to the Winnipeg Jets:
Here, I talk about some of the things Jim Montgomery is learning in his first year as Stars coach.https://t.co/qeB7eMCHrE— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 7, 2019
Sean Shapiro talks about The Process, Miro Heiskanen, and more in this week’s Shap Shots: [The Athletic]
The Stars’ top line can hang with the best of them, but has it been enough?
Stars prospect Jason Robertson might be a tad disappointed with the final outcome, but he’s proud of winning silver with Team USA: [NHL]
‘Twas a busy night for the Central yesterday, as four teams took the ice:
- It wasn’t exactly high scoring, but the Minnesota Wild squeaked out a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The St. Louis Blues also shutout their opponent, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0. [St. Louis Game Time]
- Continuing the trend, the Nashville Predators also had perfect goaltending in their 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. [On The Forecheck]
- And finally, the Chicago Blackhawks... did not record a shutout. Actually, they lost 4-3 to the Calgary Flames. [Second City Hockey]
A potential recipe for success, or doomed for failure?
Blues won in Philly tonight 3-0 and will travel home tonight. Stars had day off in St Louis today. In theory that’s the most ideal road game you can get for Dallas.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 8, 2019
Ben Bishop and Miro Heiskanen get a little recognition in ESPN’s midseason awards:
New NHL Awards Watch. Big changes in a few categories since our last one. https://t.co/kgy3Tj0XE5— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 7, 2019
The Montreal Canadiens could be without a representative at the All Star Game, as Carey Price has decided to not attend: [NBC Sports]
I’m so glad there wasn’t a repeat of the Humboldt tragedy:
Are the Stars the NHL’s most average team? According to Down Goes Brown, they’re very close, but not quite: [The Athletic]
You gotta admit, this is pretty cool:
Gotta love that rookie love: