Wyatt Johnston and Logan Stankoven are about to take over the Central Division

The Central Division is watching what Wyatt Johnston and Logan Stankoven are doing and realizes the inevitable is coming. We might be witnessing the start of the next era of Dallas Stars hockey unfold right before our eyes. Just imagine how dangerous this team will be when Mavrik Bourque makes his NHL debut. Here's why the Central Division teams are panicking right now.

Mar 5, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; Dallas Stars center Wyatt Johnston (53) is congratulated by
Mar 5, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; Dallas Stars center Wyatt Johnston (53) is congratulated by / John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

If you missed the third period in San Jose last night, you missed out on what will unfold for the Dallas Stars. Fans who stayed up for the game witnessed a 20 and 21-year-old take over the game in a matter of minutes. After the Stars won in overtime last night, hockey fans across the league sat at their computer screens. I even saw some comments that the Stars could win the Stanley in the next couple of years if they can retain Logan Stankoven and Wyatt Johnston.

Stankoven and Johnston are no strangers to playing hockey with each other. Their chemistry started playing for the Team Canada U18 team together. Once they were both drafted by the Stars, they played on the same line for the Dallas Stars Traverse City Prospect Team. When it was announced a couple of weekends ago that Tyler Seguin needed to heal, Nill activated the Stankoven Protocol. Dallas Stars Head Coach Pete DeBoer knew which line Stankoven had to play on.

Since being promoted to the NHL, Stankoven has eight points through six games of his young career. Last night, Stankoven and Johnston did something together that hasn't been done since the Wayne Gretzky era. They are the first linemates under 21 to have multi-goal games, one recording a hat trick, and combined for nine plus points.

After last night, the Central Division should be very worried about what's ahead for these two players. They are playing like Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin Jr. on the ice right now. It seems people have forgotten about Connor Bedard with how Stankoven played in his first eight games. It's mind-boggling right now that the Stars drafted both players during the COVID-19 shutdown without seeing them play.

The sky is the limit for Johnston and Stankoven as both are in the early stages of their careers. It's fun watching other hockey fans wonder how their favorite team missed out on drafting either player. Just imagine how good both players will be in two seasons with even more playing experience. The Stars might have created the Canadian version of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Stars need to get them a couple of Stanley Cup titles in the coming seasons.

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