We talk all the time about whether the Dallas Stars are in win-now mode. But what are you willing to bet that Tyler Seguin is in win-now mode pretty much all the time? And how will the Victory Green gang’s franchise center respond during a season of heightened expectations?
Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika projects that Seguin will come into the 2019-20 campaign with a potentially explosive combination of skill, savvy and motivation:
Since joining the Stars in 2013, Seguin ranks fifth in NHL scoring with 464 points in 469 games. However, his 80 points last season ranked 28th in the league, so there are some who believe he needs to up his totals. That said, he was the team’s best skater and he continues to be one of the Stars’ most consistent players. Seguin had 334 shot on goal last season, fourth in the league, but saw his shooting percentage dip to 9.9 percent. His shooting percentage since joining the Stars in 2013 is 11.3 percent, so a simple return to average will result in an increase in scoring.
Also important is the fact he played in 13 playoff games and tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists), helping the Stars to Game 7 in the second round against St. Louis. Before that, Seguin had just seven playoff games with the Stars, including just one since 2014, so getting to be a big factor in some huge games was big for Seguin.
Segs will become the Stars’ highest-paid player this season, so both the fans and the front office will no doubt be watching his performance closely:
Seguin currently ranks 13th in the NHL in salary-cap hit at $9.85 million, so he is going to face some pressure. He seems to thrive on that....
He seems to be hitting the peak of his career, combining his talent with his experience, so it’s not unreasonable to think he might post his best numbers ever this season.
Of course, a career season for Segs is a pretty high bar, so it’s interesting to contemplate what that might look like. Mike has more there, and it’ll be fun to discuss here. [Dallas Stars]
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Boston Pride defender Blake Bolden and Team USA forward Kelley Steadman joined dozens of Texas girls on StarCenter ice for Girls Week.
Meanwhile, Jamie Benn is spending his summer doing stuff like this.
And the burning hockey question of the summer comes from the the NFL.
Around The League(s)
The World Junior Summer Showcase is on, and Steven Ellis is keeping an eye on these 10 players, from Alex Turcotte to Jett Woo.
The World Junior Summer Showcase is underway in Plymouth this weekend, giving teams an early look as to what their rosters could look like when the big event kicks off in December.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 28, 2019
Who should you be keeping an eye on? https://t.co/emmUpb6nLp
And for paywall readers: The real star of the 2019 NHL Draft was the U.S. men’s U18 team. Ryan Kennedy has posted a close look at the future of American hockey.
The U.S. NTDP under-18 team produced eight first-round picks, and virtually everyone eligible ended up drafted.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 28, 2019
A deep dive into one of the best junior teams assembled in quite some time.
Read now with All-Access:https://t.co/CbnQkWqQyO
Ryan O’Reilly introduced Lord Stanley to his 99-year-old grandmother during his day with the Cup.
Of course there’s more to that viral home-theater photo than you think, and it’s more about real-estate marketing than the fact that “you’d believe any story about Phil Kessel.”
The true story behind this funny photo is sadly kinda boring https://t.co/iyi4cei1IN— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) July 27, 2019
Is P.K. Subban working the Whoo-ers’ side of the street?
“I hate Dallas but I’d literally buy this instantly” sums up about half the response to this third-jersey idea from a graphic designer on Twitter. I wonder what you Stars fans think.