Dallas Stars Daily Links: Robertson’s Natural Talent

The Stars’ forward is on pace for 54 goals and 125 points, thanks in large part to his play around tight spaces. Plus, the HHoF inductions are in the books, previewing the 2023 NHL Draft, and more.

Jason Robertson currently has 10 goals and 23 points in just 15 games. He’s T-6th in both categories across the NHL, and is on pace for a 54 goal, 125 point season.

So what’s the secret? A big element of Robertson’s game is how the Dallas Stars forward excels in tight spaces:

“You see certain guys around the league with good body control around traffic, around other bodies,” linemate Joe Pavelski said. “A guy like Draisaitl, you’re like ‘Wow, that guy can protect the puck,’ so good that he creates more space for himself.

“Jason’s like that. When he has it, he’s not giving it away, he’s not turning it over. He rolls out of the corners and puts himself in good areas to control the puck.”

It’s not just his puck handling either — Robertson uses the same skills to force turnovers, giving his team possession. It’s something that he’s always excelled at, whether you call it “practice makes perfect” or “natural talent:”

“I think it’s just a lot of practice,” Robertson said. “All the stick-handling we did growing up, all the drills, everything. It just comes natural now, so it’s all the work I put in when I was younger. … Some things develop over time.”

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Around the League

The Hockey Hall of Fame inductions are in the books. Might the lack of Stanley Cups among the inductees be a sign of things to come?

Greg Wyshynski ranks the possible inductees for next year’s class:

And here’s a more in-depth breakdown on the top women candidates who deserve to be inducted next:

Finally, the top of the 2023 NHL Draft class is stacked — Corey Pronman breaks them down in his first prospect ranking of the year: