There’s a fight for fourth.
Nashville Predators News
Predators Sign Marc Del Gaizo to Three-Year, Entry Level Contract
Del Gaizo will report to the Chicago Wolves on an ATO and should play the remainder of the season for Chicago. Del Gaizo’s UMass Minutemen just took home the NCAA Frozen Four championship trophy.
Juuse Saros’ Hot Play is Bearing the Fruit of Patience | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Our very own Little Bear has grown up.
(Stay tuned for an upcoming piece on Saros’s next contract from yours truly!)
Around the League
OHL, top NHL Draft talent supplier, cancels season
This shutdown affects Preds prospects Phil Tomasino and Luke Evangelista. They will remain with the Chicago Wolves. (Yes, Tomasino is still on the Preds’ taxi squad.)
Price in concussion protocol, out at least one week for Canadiens
This is a tough blow for the Canadiens, but Jake Allen should be up to the task.
Rasmus Sandin hoping for fresh opportunity in return to Maple Leafs
Sandin is an interesting case and I look forward to seeing how he performs with the Leafs this week.
Stanley Cup Playoff clinching scenario for April 20
Meanwhile, Vegas is running away out west.
Luongo named general manager of Canada national team for 2021 Worlds
This is an excellent choice for Team Canada in this summer’s IIHF World championship.
Wheeler back to feeling like himself as Jets gear up for stretch run
Blake Wheeler is always a force for the Jets. When he’s on, he’s on.
Insider Trading: What is Hyman worth as a UFA? – Video | TSN
Hyman sure would have some worth on the open market. I wonder how this will play out.
Mark Masters: William Nylander gets reprieve after Leafs’ accountability session | TSN.ca
William Nylander always seems to be in the news for the Leafs—in some form or another.
Canadiens’ offensive woes make hesitance on Caufield call-up perplexing
I look forward to Cole Caufield taking the ice…hopefully sooner than later.
COVID protocols, depleted roster lead to Chicago Wolves loss to Rockford IceHogs | Canes Country
Our friend Sarah at Canes Country looks at Chicago’s shootout loss on Saturday. The Wolves had a super-depleted lineup that including three functional forward lines, two players on PTOs, and one defender playing forward. Look out for our Milwaukee Musings later today.
Habs’ Prized Prospect Sits Like a Lump of Cole | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Seems like Caufield will be in the news for Montreal a bunch – in the lineup, the youngster could provide a boost for the Habs.
Will There Ever be Another Patrick Marleau? | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
I’d love to see a player like Calle Järnkrok reach the level of Patrick Marleau. Järnkrok just skated in his 500th NHL contest.
The Top 15 Overage Players to Watch for the 2021 NHL Draft | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Keep your eyes peeled for scouting from OTF’s prospects expert, Eric. He will share thoughts on some of the players on this list as we draw closer to the 2021 Draft.
Power Rankings: An Unstoppable Avalanche | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
In my eyes, the juggernauts are both in the Western Conference: Tampa Bay and Colorado.
Now That’s Surprising: 10 Players We Didn’t Expect To See Among The NHL Leaders | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
I love seeing Mathieu Olivier on this list. He’s a breath of fresh air on the “HERD” line…even if his “fresh air” is mostly the air shifting around opponents as he rams them into the boards.