Miro Heiskanen
Miro Heiskanen
21-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
IR
Injury Covid-19
Est. Return 1/22/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Heiskanen eclipsed his rookie-year point total of 33 by notching eight goals and 35 points in just 68 games as a sophomore in 2019-20. The Finn produced seven of his 27 helpers on the power play, where he saw 2:17 of ice time per game. Heading into his third NHL campaign, Heiskanen will have breakout potential. The third overall pick from 2017 possesses smooth skating ability and serious hockey smarts, which could see him challenge a 50-point pace in 2020-21. He should also continue to see his role on the power play grow, and his plus-14 rating from last year shows he's no slacker in his own zone. He likely won't replicate his playoff form, where he had 26 points in 27 contests, but fantasy managers should feel confident investing a mid-round pick to roster Heiskanen. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Stars in July of 2017.
Misses practice
DDallas Stars
Covid-19
January 13, 2021
Heiskanen didn't practice Tuesday due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols.
ANALYSIS
The Stars' first three games have been postponed, so even though Heiskanen wasn't present for practice, he still may be available for Dallas' regular-season opener against the Lightning on Tuesday. The 21-year-old blueliner racked up 35 points in 68 games with the Stars last campaign.
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23:07
1:40
1:23
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23:46
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The slick-skating young Finn made his NHL debut last season and could easily have garnered Calder Trophy consideration with his performance, playing in all 82 games and scoring 12 goals and 33 points. Heiskanen's minus-14 rating highlighted his growing pains, but considering he was taking a regular shift at 19 years old, some hiccups are to be expected. Once he matures, he should be a strong two-way asset for Dallas, using his wheels and passing skills to clear his own zone and his advanced offensive instincts to make an impact at the other end. With John Klingberg entrenched as the team's No. 1 defenseman, Heiskanen can develop at his own pace without having too much responsibility piled on his shoulders, but it may not be long before he and Klingberg form one of the most dynamic blue-line duos in the league.
The third overall pick in the 2017 draft, Heiskanen missed his chance to take part in training camp last year due to a concussion, but he'll cross the Atlantic this September and might never go back to Finland. Still only 19 years old, he's an effortless skater and excellent passer with a dangerous shot who plays with poise in his own end and a killer instinct in the attacking zone. While Heiskanen doesn't have ideal size, he isn't afraid to get physical, and his overall skill set marks him as a future top-four blueliner and two-way asset, if perhaps not quite a true No. 1 defenseman. The Stars have other young offensive defenseman to try and work into the lineup, which could provide Heiskanen with a bit of a speed bump, but if he looks ready in camp don't be surprised if he makes the jump straight to the NHL.
Saddled by the league's second-worst defense last season, the Stars selected Heiskanen third overall in the 2017 draft. He played in Liiga, Finland's top pro league last season and thrived at the tender age of 17. The defensive prospect could someday evolve into a Nick Leddy or Anton Stralman type, but he sustained a concussion late in the summer and is headed back to his native country for at least one more year.
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Reaches 20-assist mark
DDallas Stars
September 26, 2020
Heiskanen had an assist, four shots on goal and four hits in Saturday's 3-2 double-overtime win over the Lightning in Game 5.
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Slings helper
DDallas Stars
September 25, 2020
Heiskanen produced an assist, three hits and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 4.
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Lights lamp in third period
DDallas Stars
September 23, 2020
Heiskanen scored a goal on two shots while providing four hits and one block in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 3.
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Dishes helper in Game 1 win
DDallas Stars
September 19, 2020
Heiskanen had an assist, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Lightning in Game 1.
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Sets up Oleksiak for breakaway
DDallas Stars
September 10, 2020
Heiskanen recorded an assist and seven hits in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Golden Knights in Game 3.
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