John Klingberg has been on another level to begin the 2021 season. A tallied an unassisted powerplay marker in regulation and then set up the OT winner with incredible patience to give Dallas the win on Tuesday.
The two-point night extends his season-long point streak to three games and six points. And outside of a 20 percent shooting rate, everything is looking clean. His even-strength IPP is just a touch above where it normally sits, while his PP IPP is down. This despite seeing a ridiculous 5:16 on the man-advantage per game thus far.
Nearly six years ago I wrote one of my first columns at DobberHockey. It begged the question of whether Klingberg was the next Erik Karlsson. And while neither of those two defender’s next five seasons really went to plan, at 28, it sure looks like Klingberg is ready to seriously pop off.
We shouldn’t be all that surprised either. The guy is damn good. I mean, the fact that Miro f*cking Heiskanen can’t unseat him as the top-dog on the Stars blueline speaks incredible volumes. He’s also coming off of a tremendous playoff run that saw him post 21 points in 26 contests.
We’re looking at peak Klingberg time. With just one more year left on his sweetheart deal, it’ll be fascinating to see what the Stars decide to do with him. Do they pay him large money and term, securing a boatload of cap (and skill) on the backend, or do they cash in via trade and go full bor