CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - There will be plenty of time for the pressure and the expectations. Plenty of time to determine what might become of Miro Heiskanen the highest draft pick taken by the Dallas Stars since the team came to be in Texas.
Plenty of time for the third pick of the 2017 National Hockey League draft to begin the real work of proving that he can become the cornerstone defender the Stars believe he has the potential to become.
No. This night, this moment, is for sliding on his first NHL jersey, the distinctive victory green of the Stars, and donning a spiffy new Dallas Stars hat and for nervous interviews in front of a phalanx of cameras and reporters.
This night is for those memories, the kind that will shine brightly forever no matter the course Heiskanen's hockey career takes.
"Amazing feelings, yeah," the 17-year-old native of Espoo, Finland said. "Really nice team, nice talent. There's a couple guys I know, and it's really nice to be here."