Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Ben Bishop are the Dallas Stars players who typically receive the most attention league-wide but during a Thursday appearance on Hockey Central, Seguin wanted to give credit to some of his lesser-known teammates.
Seguin added that he thinks playing in Dallas and “being away from a lot of the big fan bases and markets” helps his team fly under the radar and catch opponents off guard.
“We don’t get talked about as much, so the Miro Heiskanens can slip under the cracks and the (Denis) Gurianovs and the Roope Hintzs and then we go and play your teams and we surprise players, we surprise teams and that’s why we’ve been successful,” Seguin said.
Despite ranking 26th in goals per game, the Stars were fourth in the Western Conference in terms of points percentage so they will compete in a round robin with the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights if and when hockey returns to determine seeding for the first round of the playoffs.
“You look at all good teams, they’ll have one kind of year where they’re good and they surprise people, and then other teams scout and realize you have to take them more seriously, but we keep having new players come up every year that surprise guys,” Seguin added. “This year it was Roope Hintz, even his start he had (nine goals in the first 15 games). We said in training camp he was gonna blow people away and shock the league and he’s done that and he’s a big reason and all those guys are big reasons why we’re a successful team.”
Seguin, who has been living and training in Dallas during the hiatus, led his team in scoring in the regular season with 50 points in 69 games.