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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Rise of Heiskanen

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Miro Heiskanen is already a star in the NHL — what’s the next step for him? Plus, who will wear the ‘A’ in Seguin’s absence, early takeaways from the new season, and more.

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Typically when a skater still on their ELC is considered to be your best player, it’s because you’re not a very good team. Rarely can you make that claim when you’re a reigning Conference Champion, but that’s how it is with the Dallas Stars and Miro Heiskanen.

Already a bona fide No. 1 defenseman, Heiskanen has exceeded every expectation the Stars have had for him. And what’s even crazier is that there’s always room for improvement:

“Miro’s just going to keep getting better with experience,” coach Rick Bowness said. “We’ve talked about that before. He’s such an intelligent player, he reads the play so well. The more experience he gains, he’s just going to continue to make himself a top defenseman in this league for a long, long time.”

Thanks to his performance in last year’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Heiskanen will be on the PHWA’s radar for a potential Norris Trophy, given annually to the league’s best defenseman. But the ever humble superstar doesn’t like to dwell on such possibilities:

“I don’t really think that way,” Heiskanen said. “Like I say many times, I just do my thing and don’t think about too much what the other people are all talking about. I just do my thing, try to help my team every night and that’s it. I don’t really think about it too much that way.”

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