Miro Heiskanen

Miro Heiskanen

22-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2021 Fantasy Outlook
With a new eight-year deal in tow, Heiskanen could be ready to take another step forward in 2021-22. The defenseman had 27 points in 55 games last season, including 11 points with the man advantage despite often sharing top-unit duties with John Klingberg. In Heiskanen, the Stars have a two-way machine on the blue line. The third overall pick from 2017 possesses elite speed and reads the game well in his own zone, as well as being an asset on offense, although he's yet to have a true scoring breakout in the regular season. Look for the Finn to land between 40 and 50 points while continuing to see plenty of power-play time. He's locked in as a top-four defenseman on the ice, and he could be worth a mid-round pick in fantasy with room to grow in dynasty formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $67.6 million contract extension with the Stars in July of 2021.
Grabs pair of helpers
DDallas Stars
January 21, 2022
Heiskanen logged two assists, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings.
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Heiskanen set up goals by Ryan Suter and Joel Kiviranta in the first two periods. The 22-year-old Heiskanen has been frustratingly streaky at times this year -- he followed up a recent five-game point streak by going scoreless in the next four outings before his two-assist game Friday. For the season, the Finn has 24 points (eight on the power play), 88 shots on net, 49 blocked shots and a minus-6 rating in 37 appearances.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    24:39
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:22
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:48
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
23:46
2:17
2:04
2020–21
24:58
2:45
1:35
2021–22
24:39
2:22
1:48
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Point streak at five games
DDallas Stars
January 12, 2022
Heiskanen notched an assist and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Kraken.
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Extends assists streak to four
DDallas Stars
January 9, 2022
Heiskanen chipped in an assist and four PIM in a 2-1 loss to the Blues on Sunday.
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Draws power-play helper
DDallas Stars
January 7, 2022
Heiskanen recorded a power-play assist, five shots on goal, two blocked shots and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 6-5 shootout win over the Panthers.
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Clears COVID-19 protocols
DDallas Stars
January 3, 2022
Heiskanen departed the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Monday.
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Heads to COVID-19 protocols
DDallas Stars
Covid-19
December 27, 2021
The Stars placed Heiskanen in COVID-19 protocols Monday.
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