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How Will Tyler Seguin Fare In 2021?

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Tyler Seguin missed all but three games of the 2020-21 season.  When he came back, he also provided an immediate boost. After returning, he scored in each of the Dallas Stars’ final three games. With over six months of recovery under his belt, fans and personnel alike should expect to see the same player that’s been on the ice all this time.

Looking back on his other injury with the Stars, Seguin was sorely missed. The Stars made it to the second round of the playoffs in 2015-16, but lost four games to three, to the St. Louis Blues. If he had played during this series, there is a good chance the Stars would have advanced.  Seguin would go on to score 72 points in 82 games the following season. While the season saw Dallas miss the playoffs, the injury definitely seemed to be a thing of the past.

Fast forward to 2019-20, and the unexpected happens. The Stars find themselves in the Stanley Cup Finals. Not only do they find themselves fighting for the Stanley Cup, but they lose Seguin to a bevy of other injuries. This was only the beginning as he would only suit up for three games last season.

Immediate Impact

Since coming to Dallas, Seguin has averaged almost a point a game. Without Seguin, the Stars seem to struggle mightily. He can be slotted into the shootouts, overtime periods and power plays with just about anyone. The same can be said about the penalty kill. Fortunately, the younger players on the roster stepped up on special teams. However, the team really could have used Seguin in the 14 overtime losses.

Now that he’s undergone months of rehab and had a fairly productive preseason, there’s no reason to believe that he won’t fare well in 2021-22.  Seguin has already proven that he will do whatever it takes to get on the ice after an injury. The two injury scenarios he’s had with the Stars are vastly different. However, nothing has slowed down Seguin’s productivity. Even after the Achilles injury in 2016, he still went on to score 72 points in 82 games.

A torn labrum in his hip forced the young superstar to miss all but three games last season. Two surgeries and many months of rehab later, the Dallas Stars and Tyler Seguin look to be on the quest, yet again, for the Stanley Cup. The possibility of another injury could be concerning. However, Seguin has said he is almost back to normal.

Fitting In on a Line

The Stars are no strangers to having Jamie Benn, Seguin, and Alexander Radulov on the top line. The best move could be to practice that group together and see if they can rekindle their chemistry. But, with all the young players coming up, the Stars management could be wise to put one or two on a line with Seguin.

All of this is speculation, however, it is no secret that this team is loaded with talent. Whatever the Stars decide to do with him, there is no reason to believe that Seguin wouldn’t have a nice comeback year. He has told the media that he feels good. He’s looked decent in preseason games. The sky looks to be the limit for the young forward and his team.

The Stars have players like Roope Hintz, Denis Gurianov, and even Jason Robertson now. Putting any combination of those players with Seguin very well could be a much-needed spark. Then again, Yet another random thought: a look at a line with Robertson, Seguin, and Ty Dellandrea could be a spark for all three players. While the uncertainty of another injury will be in the back of his mind, there really is no need to panic.

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