When Pete DeBoer met with the media after taking the job in Dallas, he spoke highly about Jason Robertson and his excitement to be coaching the 23-year-old winger.
But even with the high expectations and excitement that he had, even DeBoer could not envision what the kid would be doing 24 games into the season.
“No, I didn’t envision this,” Stars Head Coach Pete DeBoer said. “I knew that line was very good last year and he was a piece of that line and a very good player. But no, I didn’t know how good.”
Jason Robertson scores goals. A lot of them.
On Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks, he continued to show why he is the best goal scorer in the NHL.
Robertson recorded his first hat trick of the season, adding three more goals to his NHL lead (22), and extending his point streak to 17 games dating back to Oct. 25. He is now just three games shy of the franchise record (20) as he continues to add to the Dallas Stars mark.
JASON ROBERTSON HATTY!!! 🧢🧢🧢
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 2, 2022
“He’s been tremendous,” Joe Pavelski said. “I haven’t really been a part of anything like that. He’s a great player. We go out there as a line expecting to try to make a difference each night. And he’s led the way on that charge.”
“You know, you kind of get used to it,” DeBoer said. “And you almost have to sit and think about it after, how special it is what you are witnessing. It’s unbelievable. He’s making it look easy and it’s one of the hardest things there is to do, to score in this league at this level.”
Robertson’s hat trick sparked a pretty dominant 5-0 win for the Stars at home, as they did what they needed to do against the league's last-placed team.
Wyatt Johnston and Joel Kiviranta rounded out the scoring for Dallas.
Flying under the radar: Not to be overlooked were the performances from Miro Heiskanen and Jake Oettinger.
Heiskanen led all skaters in the game with 24:30 of ice time and quietly tallied three assists in yet another excellent night for the Stars best defender. Heiskanen now has 16 points in 20 games and is on pace to blow away his career high and finish with 65 points.
Oettinger needed to be sharp early. And he was.
The Ducks made a strong push in the first period but the 23-year-old netminder stopped all 12 shots and allowed his team to head into the room with a 1-0 lead at intermission.
While the Stars dominated much of play, Oettinger still faced 31 shots and stopped every one of them, earning his fourth career shutout.
I mustache you the question…
Oettinger got rid of his fan-favorite soup strainer earlier this week. And in his first game with the clean shave, he earned a shutout. So the question had to be asked: will it make its comeback or will the superstition win out?
“No, I feel like I look horrible without it so it might be coming back soon. I definitely miss it, that’s for sure,” Oettinger said.
Sam’s Three Stars
- First Star: Jason Robertson, DAL (3 goals)
- Second Star: Miro Heiskanen, DAL (3 assists)
- Third Star: Roope Hintz, DAL (2 assists)
He Said It
“Sometimes you just sit back and laugh at how good he is,” Oettinger said of Robertson. “He’s going to be doing that in green and white for a long time. I’m happy he’s not doing that to me. He’s special.”