Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'He's Going to Blow People Away': Stars Rookie Heiskanen Already Impressing

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'He's Going to Blow People Away': Stars Rookie Heiskanen Already Impressing

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Stars rookie Heiskanen turning heads

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Stars defenceman Marc Methot heard the rumour this off-season that his old team wanted blue-line prospect Miro Heiskanen as part of any trade package involving Erik Karlsson.

The two-time Norris Trophy winner's partner for five seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Methot knew perhaps better than anyone what Karlsson could bring to Dallas.

After playing alongside Heiskanen in the first month of his NHL career, it's also clear to him why any potential deal involving the 19-year-old was probably a non-starter.

"Now that I've seen him play, I wouldn't do that either," Methot said. "He's got so much potential."

The third overall pick by Dallas at the 2017 NHL draft, Heiskanen has averaged 21 minutes 53 seconds -- including a career-high 27:10 in Saturday's 4-3 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals -- through 13 games to lead all rookies.

The smooth-skating Finn's two goals, both of them game-winners, have come in his last five outings to go along with two assists for four points overall.

"I expected a really fast game," Heiskanen said. "I'm playing against the best players in the world. It's a good gauge for me.

"Every game I'm feeling more comfortable. It's going better and better."

For all the skill Heiskanen possesses, and there's a lot of it, Methot said the rookie's most impressive attribute has been his attitude.

"The best part of his game is his head," the 33-year-old said. "He's such a good pro at his age, it's incredible. At that age I was playing junior hockey.

"He's in the NHL and he is contributing and playing a lot of minutes. I can't say enough about him."

The six-foot-one, 185-pound Heiskanen suffered a concussion before Stars training camp last season and wound up staying in Finland for the duration of the 2017-18 campaign, registering 11 goals and 12 assists in 30 games with HIFK Helsinki.

That meant Heiskanen showed up as somewhat of an unknown quantity among his future teammates this September.

They certainly know all about him now, but it might take the rest of the hockey world a little time to catch up because of where he plays. …

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