Perhaps the best pure defenseman in today’s NHL, Miro Heiskanen continues to drive the Dallas Stars to playoff contention on a yearly basis. It’s no coincidence that since 2019, the Stars have been in the post season almost every year. Having an elite defenseman is crucial to have success in this league. Heiskanen is one of the NHL’s best in the most important areas of the game.

That skating

The most important proponent to playing hockey is your ability to skate. Most notably for defensemen. Something nobody does better than Heiskanen in today’s game. His speed, ability to quarterback an offense, back checking, and he can hit too. Heiskanen is a model 200′ defenseman. Skating is where it all begins.

He’s been doing it all since his first NHL shift too. Fast forward to Heiskanen’s sixth season, and he’s still flying out there. His conditioning propels him to regularly lead the team in average time on ice, and is among the NHL leaders in the same stat. He continues to play hard, score, and make life miserable for guys trying to pad their scoring stats.

Putting the D in Dallas, and defense

It’s no secret that Dallas struggles on defense overall. Often times they get bailed out by having one of the best goaltending tandems in the league. Jake Oettinger, and Scott Wedgewood along with the Stars’ all around goal scoring has the team in the top three of the central. Heiskanen is the one consistent defensive presence on the team.

Heiskanen throughout his career has shutdown the best offensive threats the NHL has thrown his way. From Connor McDavid to Connor Bedard. Aside from perhaps Jacob Slavin with the Carolina Hurricanes, you can’t name a better defensive defenseman than Miro.

He still scores too

While Thomas Harley leads the team’s defense in scoring lets not forget that Heiskanen does that too. With all of the weapons the Stars have on offense, if Heiskanen somehow takes a step back on scoring the Stars will be fine. After that 2020 run, we know that Heiskanen can score when it matters the most.

Currently Heiskanen is out with a lower body injury. But he’ll be back. Being listed as week to week in January is much better news than out for the year, or ‘requires surgery.’. In the meantime it is up to the rest of the Stars to hold down the fort until they get their number one defenseman back.

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Heiskanen has pushed the Stars into a competitive unit on a nightly basis. Now he’ll spend some time sidelined with injury, the guys are gonna have to back up Heiskanen with some wins. In pursuit of a third consecutive playoff berth. A streak that would be the Stars’ best since they made the postseason five straight years from 2003-2008 (2005 season was locked out).

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