Many things are going right for the Dallas Stars as opposed to last season. In particular the health of the players that stems from a normal regular season schedule, and yes, missing the playoffs last season gave the Stars much needed rest and time to heal. One of the guys who’s gotten healthier, and is making a noticeable impact on the game is Tyler Seguin.
As of later in his career, Seguin has been more known for being a blue collar, hard working, two way, greasy net front presence. This playing style is rooted in Ken Hitchcock’s one year tenure back in the 2017-18 season. After past surgeries he had to adjust his playing style to better compliment his team. From a more speedy, finesse forward to a more Jaromir Jagr esque style of hanging around in front of the net.
Tyler Seguin knows that his change in play of late isn’t a secret. “It’s probably pretty obvious,” Seguin noted after scoring in a 2-1 vs the San Jose Sharks on April 16. “You adjust,” he said. “That’s what you have to do.”
He went on to add perspective from how he played earlier in his career to recently. “I used to be an arrogant kid when I was in a slump,” he said. “I’d just focus on my one-timer. Now, I think I’ve matured and you go work on deflections and work on getting to the net. You have to work, any way to improve your game. The biggest thing for me is going to those greasy areas that I haven’t gotten to in the past.”
Going back to Dallas’ run to the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals Tyler Seguin would run into a rough stretch of injuries. Seguin got back to full strength to start this season. But he only played a handful of games for 2021 after hip surgery in November, 2020 since the Stars went on to miss the playoffs last season. As disappointing as that was for Stars nation much like for the rest of the team, it provided much needed rest for this year. And throughout this season Tyler Seguin has quietly regained his old clutch, and greasy play.
As noted by Saad Yousuf at The Atlantic last weekend on Twitter, Tyler Seguin got progressively better over half of the season. As he has healed up, and found his game he’s seen increases in point production. In all three categories; goals, assists, and overall points.
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For all-time goals in Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars history, Tyler Seguin checks in eighth all-time. Certainly no stranger to scoring for Dallas. He is definitely a welcome sight to get on the score sheet as the Stars chase down a playoff spot.
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