The Dallas Stars center is the top overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and has been a constant on the top line of the Stars.
However, he has struggled in his first season with the team.
In fact, it is the first time since his rookie season in 2016 that he has been on the ice for less than 70 percent of his team’s goals.
He also has struggled defensively and has had a poor penalty kill this season.
The Dallas defense has allowed 3.7 goals per game, good for 27th in the NHL.
The Stars have scored an average of 0.79 goals per 60 minutes, a mark they will try to improve on.
Stars defenseman Seth Jones, who has scored 12 goals and 16 assists in 40 games with Dallas, will make his first start of the season.
Jones will be paired with former Stars captain Jamie Benn, who will get a chance to play alongside his brother.