When the news hit Dallas over the summer that Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley were traded from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Loui Eriksson and a handful of youngsters, many fans of the Dallas Stars were upset. Eriksson had long been a cornerstone of the franchise, a fan favorite in the mold of Jere Lehtinen, a player who was always able to be counted on.
Now more a quarter of the way through the season, Seguin has shown that he is worth the price the Stars paid to acquire him. Seguin is tied for 15th in NHL scoring. His 15 goals, 27 points and shooting percentage of 18.5 all lead the Stars. His 12 assists and plus/minus rank of plus nine are both second on the team. I think it is safe to say he has shown both the Bruins organization as well as the Boston media that they wrote him off too soon.
Seguin continued to be a prime time player on Saturday afternoon in snowy Dallas when he notched his second hat trick of the season and added an assist in a 5-1 Dallas win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Seguin erased a one goal Dallas deficit on a two on one rush 39 seconds into the second period on a nice cross ice pass from captain Jamie Benn. Seguin would later give the Stars a lead with just under three minutes in the period as he was able to find a soft spot on the ice and took advantage of Flyers goaltender Steve Mason who overcommitted to the far side, leaving the short side wide open. 40 seconds later Seguin would complete the hat trick to put the Stars up two goals on a shot from the boards, ironically on the same day the Stars decided to do a free hat giveaway. The goal was originally awarded to Benn, but when the official word came down that it was Seguin, many of those green hats made their way to the ice.
22 seconds after recording the hat trick, Seguin decided to spread some of the love as he dropped the puck for rookie Valeri Nichushkin, multiple Flyers defensemen followed Seguin, leaving Nichushkin open to beat Mason low to the stick side from the left wing faceoff dot. Nichushkin would add three assists in the game.
It always hurts to lose a player like Loui Eriksson, a player whose name is still seen on the backs of many jerseys in the American Airlines Center. But when the return nets a player like Seguin, the sting is much less worse. Seguin has shown that he is worth the price the Stars paid to acquire him, and as long as Seguin can continue to produce, the Stars should be right in the playoff hunt.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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