Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Next Step for Miro Heiskanen

Miro Heiskanen was already the Dallas Stars’ number one defensemen — nothing about that has changed. But with the departure of John Klingberg in Free Agency this offseason, Heiskanen will be carrying a heavier weight on his shoulders than in seasons past:

“Of course, it’s going to be a little different without him, but at the same time, I’m doing kind of similar preparation this season,” Heiskanen said. “I don’t think about that too much, just know I need to step up a little more, and everyone else needs to step up a little more. It’s not too big a change.”

Specifically, the Stars will need Heiskanen to take his offensive game to the next level. He has all the tools he needs to be an elite PP1 quarterback, but there’s one major area he needs to improve on: being selfish.

“I think, for him, it’s just going to be being a little more selfish and taking the shot when it’s there, as opposed to just being a distributor up top,” [head coach Pete] DeBoer said. “I think the best power play guys in the world have both those elements. He has the capability of that. We’ve talked about that.”

You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.

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