The Valeri Nichushkin vs Nathan MacKinnon angle will have to stay up on the shelf until at least November 1. That’s the next time the Dallas Stars will take on the Colorado Avalanche, and the Stars hope that Nichushkin will have found his game by then. After wowing pundits and fans alike during the preseason and in training camp, the 10th-overall pick from the 2013 draft has struggled during the regular season.
He’s managed just one shot on goal through his first four contests despite averaging more than 14 minutes of ice time per game. Lane MacDermid will take Nichushkin’s place int he lineup.
Valeri Nichushkin will be a healthy scratch tonight and Lane MacDermid will step in. Stars say it’s chance for Nichushkin to take a breath.
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) October 15, 2013
This is the second big-name youngster to get the press box here in the third week of NHL action. The Edmonton Oilers created a bit of controversy for themselves by scratching Nail Yakupov for two games. Nichushkin’s benching seems like an honest attempt to give the rookie a fresh start though, as opposed to a coach trying to shock him team to a victory or two.
We’ll see Nichushkin back out on the ice soon enough. He’s impressed with his work ethic and commitment so far, and he’s not likely to let this drag him down too badly.