Stars: Mattias Janmark Making An Early Impact


Mattias Janmark has been huge for the Stars early on and could be a critical piece as the season moves forward.

The Stars have started off their season 2-1-0, with wins against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers. Players such as Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza have shined as expected, but one player has impressed the players and fans alike: Mattias Janmark.

At the young age of 22, Janmark came into the preseason looking to leave his mark on the team, and he did. In an unexpected move, the Stars decided to keep Janmark for the regular season and that proved to be no mistake.

He scored his first NHL goal on his first shot and in his first shift as an NHL player…only 1:39 into the game. It was obvious that he was ready for the spotlight as he handled the rest of the game with tons of composure while playing with Ales Hemsky and Antoine Roussel on the Stars third line.

In his second game, he got off to an even earlier start, scoring just 20 seconds into the game with a backhander and in his third game, though he didn’t score, he did have an assist. So far, Janmark has been averaging about 14 minutes of ice time which has allowed him to get used to normal, fast-paced NHL action.

Janmark’s incredible goal-scoring hasn’t been the only thing that he is excelling in. His poise has been great as he has been seen acting as a leader already by directing players on the ice during face-offs. He seems comfortable, even in risky situations and looks like a guy that is prepared to take off.

Granted this has only been through three games, but the situation with Janmark seems similar to the situation with John Klingberg in 2014-15. Both were brought up and both have taken off. Hopefully Janmark can have a Klingberg-like impact on the team as time goes by.

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It also looks as if Janmark will have his spot on the team for a while. Valeri Nichushkin was a scratch the other night and Patrick Eaves will be out for a while due to a lower body injury. Curtis McKenzie was called up to take his spot, which is the guy that Janmark beat out before the season started. Therefore, if there was any thought of sending Janmark back down, it’s gone now.

He is part of a surge of youth that has entered Dallas and certainly looks like he could be a nice little piece for the Stars future of contending for a Stanley Cup. Though he still has a few things to work on, he is definitely a player to keep track of. He adds to the depth at center that the Stars already have with Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza and he will most likely stay on the bottom half of the roster due to the fact that the Stars like his play at the position.

Take note whenever Janmark is on the ice because usually, good things are happening for the Stars. His play during the rest of the season should be very exciting to watch and keep up with.

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