The Dallas Stars made a handful of moves during this past offseason as the organization wanted to return to the postseason for the first time in the last five years. While it remains to be seen if Dallas will complete the goal of making the playoffs, there’s little doubt that the team is also lying down the basis so the team can have a sustained success sooner rather than later.
Among the moves made, one that generated skepticism was the acquisition of Tyler Seguin, who arrived from the Boston Bruins on the trade that sent Loui Eriksson to the reigning Eastern Conference champions. Fast forward to March 2014 and Seguin has proved to be the team’s most dominant player on both ends of the ice.
His leadership skills – sometimes he looks like a veteran managing the offense – and the impact he has generated on the stat-sheet has been noticeable and he made his presence felt once again in Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Coming after two ugly losses against the Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins, many doubted the team’s chances of making the playoffs as they appeared to be choking right when they had no margin for error.
Seguin’s answer was simply magnificent and he came through right when his team needed him the most. After a lackluster performance in the first period, the 21-year-old came out firing in the second and generated plenty of chances in the power play before appearing in the final 20 minutes with a great assist, setting up Dallas’ third goal in a contest that proved to be tougher than advertised.
The Stars ended up getting a huge win and Seguin extended his point-streak to eight games. Dallas might not make the playoffs once the regular season is over, but it’s undeniable that they have one of the cornerstones of the future with the acquisition of Seguin. He has been better than expected and with plenty of room to continue improving, he has all the tools to be a key player for the franchise during the next decade or so.