Every NHL team’s road map to the future has its bright spots in it. Stars fans already understand the prowess of superstars Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, and Jake Oettinger but a new Star is emerging. The 20-year-old Wyatt Johnston is dazzling in his short tenure on the Stars. This 23rd overall draft pick in the 2021 NHL Draft already puts up impressive numbers on a team stacked with great talent. He already scored a defining goal in last year’s playoffs with a series-winner. He already cemented himself into the hearts of Stars fans in his rookie season as “Baby Wyatt.” Now he has proven himself as a main player in the future of this team.
Wyatt Jonhston scored his first career goal in his debut last season. Johnston finished 5th on the team in goals that season with 24 goals and 41 points as a teenager. To prove how much of an impact he made, Johnston played all 82 games in his rookie season. His biggest impact came in the 3rd period of Game 7 against the Seattle Kraken, scoring the eventual series-winning goal. Johnston, now no longer a teenager, is displaying more offensive prowess in his sophomore season.
Johnston is increasing his production on offense this season. He is tied with Joe Pavelski for the team lead in goals with nine. Another seven points puts him tied for 4th on the team in points. Johnston is already on a points pace with Pavelski, Robertson, and Hintz while being at such a young age. He is an important piece for this team with serious Stanley Cup aspirations this year.
Johnson finished his 101st game with the Stars on Friday night. Johnston scored 33 goals and 57 points in those 101 games. Those are fantastic stats for a 20-year-old who is only getting better. He is an integral part of this organization’s future. Joe Pavelski is irreplaceable but his career is in its sunset. Johnston is shaping up to be the player who fills the gap he will eventually leave behind upon retirement. It is rather fitting because Johnston moved into the Pavelski house. Pavelski’s veteran leadership is helping shape the future for these young players.
This offensive juggernaut the Stars have means a championship window is wide open. It is possible that this team will win the Stanley Cup this year. This team is loaded behind the likes of many players’ futures including Johnston’s. The Stanley Cup window will not close until several years down the line. It’s far too long since the Stars won the Stanley Cup and it’s time for the 2nd in franchise history.
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