It has been a wild month for Valeri Nichushkin.

The Stars’ rookie winger has experienced the hottest streak of his young NHL career and has been called a potential superstar by Jaromir Jagr.

That’s a lot to handle for an 18-year-old from Chelyabinsk, Russia.

But if Stars general manager Jim Nill has learned anything, it’s not to be surprised by Nichushkin.

“I want to be cautious, because he is a young player, and he still has a lot to learn,” said Nill of the player he took with the 10th overall pick in the NHL entry draft last summer. “But to see his maturity and his patience, and his dedication, those are really positive signs.”

So positive that Jagr, the former Stars winger who now plays with New Jersey, told Tom Gulitti of The Record (Bergen County, NJ) that Nichushkin has the ability to be the best player in the world. Gulitti was asking Jagr about rookies, and Jagr volunteered that the one he was most impressed with watching on television was Nichushkin.

“I saw like three games, he was a very good player the way he played,” Jagr said. “Maybe it was his best three games I watched, but I said, ‘This guy is going to be the best in the world one day.’”

Nichushkin has a long way to go before he can get into that conversation, but he’s starting to generate buzz for rookie of the year talk. Nichushkin had two assists in his first 12 games and looked to be a little lost at times. However, in his last 11 games, he has 11 points (five goals, six assists) and is plus-10.

That puts him tied for second in rookie plus-minus at plus-13 and tied for third in rookie assists at 12. And with San Jose winger Tomas Hertl (knee) out for at least a month, the race for rookie of the year is wide open.

“He’s been great,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “You can definitely see he’s understanding the game better, and he knows what to do now. He’s more confident.”

That’s been clear on recent one-timers from the right circle on power plays. Not only is Nichushkin finding the right position, but he’s calling for the puck. Monday in Los Angeles, he slammed home his seventh goal of the year off a pretty pass from Tyler Seguin for what would prove to be the game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory.

Those plays are an important part of his development, coach Lindy Ruff said.

“Early on, he had great chances and just didn’t finish, so we worked on those things with him,” Ruff said. “For me, he’s way ahead of where most 18-year-olds are. His size and strength have been pretty impressive.”

Nichushkin looks bigger than his listed height and weight of 6-4, 205, and that’s because of his ability to gain control and protect the puck.

“You see him go into the corner with Shea Weber and know there’s a 50-50 chance he’s coming out of there with the puck,” Nill said of battles with the Norris Trophy runner-up defenseman from Nashville. “That’s pretty impressive.”

Jagr, who plays a similar style, said strength is a unique trait in a scorer.