We all know what Dallas Stars forward Jason Robertson has been doing lately:
But flying under the radar are some other pretty impressive performances.
Miro Heiskanen is on pace to shatter his career numbers.
When Pete DeBoer took the job in Dallas, he was confident that Miro Heiskanen had another level to get to. Well, how does more than doubling your career-high in points sound?
Heiskanen added three assists in the Stars 5-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, bringing his total to 19 points in 21 games (.90 per game). If he continues that pace, he will finish with 74 points. All while playing over 25 minutes per game and remaining one of the most elite defenders in the NHL.
For a player that accomplished a career-high 36 points in 70 games last season, this is quite the leap. Remember when a 21-year-old Heiskanen ripped off 24 points in 27 playoff games in the Edmonton Bubble in 2020? Look out NHL.
“Miro is as good as there is if he’s got room to find those holes and if we can create some room for him to get into those spaces,” Stars Head Coach Pete DeBoer said. “He has the ability to create something out of nothing too. But when you can create a little bit of room for a guy like that, he’s special.”
Wyatt Johnston leads all players under 20.
Wyatt Johnston has absolutely had his ups and downs this season. What 19-year-old wouldn’t?
But the kid has found his game as of late, centering the Stars third line with Jamie Benn and Ty Dellandrea.
Johnston has scored in three of the last four games for Dallas, bringing his total to seven goals and 10 points. He ranks third among NHL rookies in goals but leads all players under the age of 20 in that category.
U20 NHL Goal Leaders:
#1 Wyatt Johnston (7)
#2 Mason McTavish (4)
#3 Juraj Slafkovsky (4)
#4 Dylan Guenther (3)
#5 Cole Sillinger (2)
— Nathan “Grav" (@NathanGraviteh) December 2, 2022
“He’s starting to heat up. Just getting more comfortable,” DeBoer said. “Three in the last four. Every night, he looks more confident, he’s making more plays. I think he’s starting to realize that not only can he play in this league but he can be a good player every night in this league. And you can’t underestimate how important those two guys are around him (Dellandrea and Benn).”
Jamie Benn is turning back the clock.
Speaking of Jamie Benn, the Stars captain has been on a tear of his own.
In November, Benn racked up 10 goals and 23 points in 14 games. That was good enough for second in the NHL in points behind only his teammate Jason Robertson.
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— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 1, 2022
Benn is currently sitting on 10 goals and 26 points in 24 games. He is on pace to finish with 89 points, tied for his career-high and two more than the number that won him the Art Ross Trophy in 2014-15.
The captain has been vital to not only the development of the two youngsters on his line but also the success of that trio and of the team overall.
Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz are doing it all over again.
Remember when Joe Pavelski recorded a career-high 81 points last season at the age of 37? It was pretty shocking. Well, how about these apples?
Pavelski is on pace to beat those numbers this year.
In 24 games, Pavelski has 10 goals and 25 points. If he keeps it up, the longtime NHL veteran is heading towards an 85-point season, another career year. He is also on pace to be very close to his best 19 power-play goals in one season.
The third member of that dangerous Stars top line is Roope Hintz.
The ‘Ace of Spades’ has been overshadowed a bit by the performance of his teammates but has quietly racked up eight goals and 26 points in 24 games.
Hintz hit his career-highs last season when he tallied 37 goals and 72 points but the 24-year-old center is on pace to surpass his point total with ease.
At this rate, Hintz will finish with 92 points. That means that Stars top line is on pace to finish like this:
Roope Hintz: 27 goals, 92 points
Jason Robertson: 75 goals, 133 points
Joe Pavelski: 34 goals, 85 points