Dynamic Duo

 

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars

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Ever since he arrived to the Dallas Stars in 2013, Tyler Seguin has become the player everyone thought he would be when drafted 2nd overall by the Boston Bruins.  He and Stars captain Jamie Benn have been the best duo in the NHL ever since his arrival.

Back in 2013, the Boston Bruins traded elite prospect Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Dallas for Loui Eriksson and a handful of prospects (Reilly Smith, Joseph Morrow and Matt Fraser).

It was very clear what Dallas was getting in this deal; a quality centre with aspirations of becoming an elite 1st line centre. Ever since he arrived in Dallas, he has been a threat on the ice at all times. Pair him up with Jamie Benn, and you have the most dominant duo in the NHL.

Benn, a 26 year-old drafted in the 5th round back in 2007, has been a great asset to Tyler Seguin. His leadership, physical play, finishing ability and playmaking ability has made him a valuable linemate. Ever since they started playing together, the duo has notched a combined total of 407 points and 178 goals (this season included).

Seguin was a 2nd overall pick in 2010. He displayed some of that talent in Boston, but never produced at the rate the Bruins thought. After trading him to Stars, every general manager in the NHL learnt a valuable lesson: Always be patient with prospects. Seguin is coming off back to back 37 goals seasons and is now tied for 2nd in NHL scoring with his linemate Jamie Benn with 40 points (15-25-40).

Benn is coming off a Art Ross winning season, in which he put up 87 points, including 35 goals. If Seguin would have been healthy, Benn could have potentially reached the 100 points mark.

These 2 superstars are slowly becoming the most noted duo in the NHL, ahead of other great pairs like Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. This season, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin are putting on quite the show and are also a twosome to keep an eye on, but statistically, Seguin and Benn remain the best 1-2 punch in the National Hockey League.

Brandon Murphy – @2murphy8

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