Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Emergence Of Jason Robertson

The young forward’s journey to date is your Stars feel-good story of the week. Plus, what will happen at the trade deadline, how the pandemic has affected young athletes, and more.

The Dallas Stars need to make up some ground. Let’s get that out of the way. With that being said, there’s still some good news we can take from the season so far, and quite a bit of it has to do with Jason Robertson.

The rookie forward has become a ray of sunshine for a team that has struggled with its share of twilight moments. And the past few weeks have shown a tantalizing glimpse of what he can become for the team as it works its way back. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika examines what may turn out to be a key month in the 21-year-old’s NHL career:

“He’s an offensive player, talented and very confident in his abilities,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “Robo’s got tremendous offensive skills and vision, and the confidence to back it up. We have to make sure he is with the right players because the defensive side of the game will improve, but, again, we are asking an awful lot from these kids.

“We need to play them. They are going to play, and he will keep getting better.”

Robertson himself has recognized the benefits of a good year with the Texas Stars and two months in the Stanley Cup playoffs bubble:

“My confidence comes not just from succeeding offensively, but being a complete pro on both sides of the ice,” he said. “My confidence comes from how much I am playing. I am playing a good amount of ice time, so I know I am doing pretty good, I think, and trying to be the best player I can be whether that be offensively or defensively. Bones puts a lot of trust in me because he plays me quite a bit during these times, but I am just trying to make the most out of it and give our team the best chance to win.”

That confidence from the coaching staff has been displayed in time on ice, and also in being put in key situations. Bowness had Robertson on the ice with the goalie pulled in the final minute Sunday, and Robertson whipped in a perfect shot to tie the game. He then was the first shooter in the shootout for Dallas, and he converted his chance there, as well.

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