Dallas Stars Daily Links: Janmark’s Scoring Woes

The forward hasn’t found the net much of the past two seasons, but he has confidence he can regain his scoring touch. Plus, the CHL cancels the rest of its season due to COVID-19, how Jamie Benn almost became an NCAA star, and more.

This past season wasn’t very kind to the Dallas Stars’ goal scorers. Both Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov had a lengthy scoring drought (twice for Seguin). Pretty much every skater was on pace for their lowest point total in at least recent memory.

But for Mattias Janmark, the scoring struggles aren’t new. Assuming the regular season has finished, he will have finished with six goals in 62 games after scoring six in 82 the previous year:

“I try to look at it that it’s more frustrating if you don’t have the chances,” Janmark said. “I know I can work on finishing. It’s hard during the year, but it’s something I can fix. Right now, you have to work for that next chance and when you get that, you have to execute it.”

Janmark takes solace in the fact that he know he can score — he had 15 goals his rookie year and 19 his second full season. But just as Seguin had been saying during his droughts, it’s a lot easier to score goals when you’ve done it recently:

“It’s like I said, when you score goals, everything comes natural. And then when you go through a tough stretch, then maybe you make the wrong decision,” he said. “I think everything comes easier when you have confidence in those moments. You’re going to make the right decisions when you have confidence.”

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Stars Stories

Here’s a cool story about how Jamie Benn almost went the NCAA route instead of joining the WHL:

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Also from Sean, little nuggets from road trips across the Western Conference team:

What will happen to the Stars’ season? Honestly, who knows?

For the first time since it’s debut in 1919, the Memorial cup will not be awarded this year as the CHL cancels the rest of it’s season:

COVID-19 has also led to the delaying of the 2020 Summer Olympics:

Here’s everything we know right now about the fate of the NHL season:

Miss hockey? NBC is doing a marathon of memorable NHL games:

Finally, Down Goes Brown takes us back 27 years to parody what everyone was thinking about the 1992-1993 NHL season around this time of year: