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Dallas Stars Prospects: Miro Heiskanen

Miro Heiskanen
Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-1/173 pounds
Shoots: Left
Born: July 18, 1999
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
Acquired: Drafted 1st round (third overall) in 2017 NHL Draft

2017-18

Playing in Finland’s top league (Liiga). Missed the first month of the season due to concussion.

Background

In 2016-17, he played 37 games with HIFK in Finland’s top league, recording ten points (five goals, five assists) and averaging 18:59 of ice time.  He helped Finland earn a silver medal at the 2017 Under-18 World Championship. He ranked second among all players and was tops among defensemen in scoring at the tournament with 12 points (two goals, ten assists), and he was named the tournament’s best defenseman. He also played for Finland at the 2017 World Junior Championship, recording one assist in six games. In 2015-16, he played in Finnish juniors in 2015-16, recording 14 points (three goals, eleven assists) in 30 games with HIFK in the top junior league. He was named Jr. A SM-Liiga Rookie of the Year. He played at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship, tallying one assist in seven games as Finland won the gold medal.

Scouting Report

Smooth skating, puck-moving defenseman with excellent hockey sense. Makes good decisions and excels under pressure. Solid defensively, good one-on-one defender who uses his stick well. Good on the power play. Talented prospect with excellent potential.

Quotable

“The sky is the limit for him. We compared him to a poor man’s Nick Lidstrom at this point. His agent, Igor Larionov, who played with Nick for quite a few years, sees the same thing. So, we are fired up.” – Joe McDonnell, Stars director of amateur scouting

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Finland Selects U13QC Int PW4 2 13 0|        
 2013-2014 HIFK U16Jr. C SM-sarja Q6 4 59 0|        
  HIFK U16Jr. C SM-sarja22 4 913 4|Playoffs3 0 00
 2014-2015 HIFK U16Jr. C SM-sarja9 2 24 6|Playoffs1 0 11
  HIFK U18Jr. B SM-sarja35 7 1320 8|Playoffs12 0 22
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr11 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 HIFK U18Jr. B SM-sarja7 0 77 0|Playoffs2 0 00
  HIFK U20Jr. A SM-liiga30 3 1114 6|        
  Finland U17WHC-175 0 44 2|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 0 11 0|        
 2016-2017 HIFKChampions HL6 0 33 0|        
  HIFKLiiga37 5 510 4|Playoffs8 0 33
  Finland U18WJC-187 2 1012 0|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr7 2 1012 0|        
  Finland U20WJC-206 0 11 0|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr21 0 44 0|        
 2017-2018 HIFKLiiga19 9 413 6|        
  HIFKChampions HL3 0 11 0|        
  FinlandEHT3 2 02 0|        
  Finland (all)International- - -- -|        
  Finland U20WJC-20- - -- -|        

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