The Dallas Stars were one of the NHL's biggest surprises last season and center Tyler Seguin is excited for what the future has in store for the young club.
The Stars finished eighth in a loaded Western Conference last season before losing in six games to the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs. Despite the early exit, Seguin believes that even one series of postseason experience gives Dallas plenty to build off.
I think it was actually awesome that we did get in the playoffs last year and guys that haven’t been there can taste what it feels like to win a playoff game and lose a playoff game. You need to know what those feelings are if you want to be successful in the postseason. It’s just such a different hockey game. The atmosphere even in our rink blew me away. I can’t believe how loud it was getting and how awesome it was. I think with that experience and that taste that everyone got, especially for this offseason, go home, work out hard and get back for next season.
General manager Jim Nill spent the offseason improving an already talented offensive team by adding veterans Ales Hemsky and Jason Spezza, further heightening Seguin's anticipation.
“When I actually saw the Spezza trade, or heard about it, I didn’t believe it at first," Seguin said. "I had to go online, social media these days, and see if it was confirmed.
"I’m really excited. It’s made this summer even longer just cause with our new acquisitions and how good we felt we were coming together last year, you really wish it was October already. I think everyone’s ready to go."