When the Dallas Stars traded Loui Eriksson for Tyler Seguin, most fans were not completely sure of the move, as Eriksson had been one of the team’s most important players in recent years. It was clear that the move for Seguin was the typical high-risk, high-reward situation where the rebuilding franchise ends up either getting a steal or holding the short side of the stick.
After 19 games in the season, it’s safe to say the Stars are the clear winners of the blockbuster move, as the 21-year-old forward has tallied an impressive 22 points so far this year.
Eriksson had his chance to play for a contender in an already stacked Boston Bruins roster, but the Stars got a player that is now producing now and can also be a building block for the future.
Next to Jamie Benn and Alex Chiasson, Seguin has been an offensive force for the Stars in a promising scoring line that will only continue to get better as the season advances. The spectacular performance of both Benn and Seguin in yesterday’s game against the Calgary Flames, where Seguin scored four goals and Benn tallied six points, showed the potential this pairing has, and the fans were able to get a glimpse of how their future can look sooner rather than later.
The Stars were expected to battle for a playoff spot this season, and they’re playing their best hockey of the season so far. It’s still early and they need to fix several things before they’re truly ready to contend, but they will be a difficult matchup for any team if they can keep up with this level of play.
Much of the early success can be accredited to the performance of their two young stars.