Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn led the Stars to a 7-3 rampage over the Calgary Flames Thursday night in what was the most dominating single-game performance by two players the NHL has seen thus far this season. Everybody knew it would take time for that duo to gel, but now that they have they should have the rest of the league’s attention.
Seguin scored four goals against the Flames, making him the first Stars player to score a hat trick since Steve Ott did it against the San Jose Sharks on March 31, 2010. Benn recorded six points, courtesy of one goal and five assists. Benn is the first Stars player to provide five assists since Brad Richards recorded five in his Stars debut against the Chicago Blackhawks on February 28, 2008. Seguin and Benn both lead the team with 22 points on the season.
Naturally, people began arguing Seguin would not have scored four goals in a game if he still played for the Bruins. As a matter of fact, in a defensive system in the shortened 2012-13 season, Seguin’s Relative Corsi rating was a +20.6, the highest rating on the team. That rating includes his time playing on the third line after the Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Stars at the trade deadline. The Bruins did not see Seguin as a future part of the organization, but their loss is the Stars’ gain.
As a matter of fact, Benn produces 4.04 points per game, making him the second-best point producer at even strength behind Alexander Steen (4.18 points per game) and above Steven Stamkos (3.93 points per game). Seguin is right below Stamkos, producing 3.53 points per game at even strength. Benn and Seguin are not just the two best players on the Stars; they are among the NHL’s best.
Sure, two players do not comprise an entire team. However, Seguin’s and Benn’s performances last night were what Stars fans anticipated all season ever since General Manager Jim Nill made the trade back on July 4. Seguin is only 21, has yet to hit his prime, and has six years left on his contract. The same can be said about Benn, who is only 24.
Stars fans have to remember this season marks a new beginning for the franchise. Last night was just a glimpse of what is in store for the Stars in the future. And wow was it ever fun to watch.