If you want to find encouragement in the Stars right now, there’s no better place to look than Valeri Nichushkin.
The 18-year-old winger was the 10th-overall pick in the draft and decided to jump right into the NHL, becoming the youngest player on the Stars since they moved to Dallas in 1993. However, that leap looked pretty high during his first 10 games, as he struggled to score or even create scoring opportunities.
But Sunday, Nichushkin broke through and scored his first NHL goal. It was a huge play in a 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa for the Stars, who are sort of reflecting their young forward in development this season.
"He’s coming along really well," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said. "Tonight, he dominated, skating wise, physically. He made the play right off the bat that (Jamie) Benn could have completed, and then in overtime, he could have finished it himself."
The Stars start their three-game road trip on a good foot, and even their record at 6-6-2, good for 14 points....