Monday night was a fun night as the New York Islanders prospects at the World Junior Championships went head to head. Calgary Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau becomes the second NHL player to agree to donate their brain to science.
If you watched the NHL Network broadcast of Canada vs. Finland, you heard Bob Mackenzie compare 17-year-old phenom Connor Bedard and his shot be compared to New York Islanders legend, the late Mike Bossy.
Some high praise there, as Bossy had one of the greatest shots the NHL game has ever seen.
Now let’s get to the stories to know for today:
NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders had four prospects play on Monday night when Canada faced Finland. Aatu Räty, Eetu Liukas, Matias Rajaniemi and Wiliam Dufour all suited up. Dufour and Canada got the last laugh as they came away victorious by a score of 6-3.
NYI Hockey Now: In an interview by Tiia Honkamaa for 65 Jatkoaika on Sunday, Aatu Räty was asked about William Dufour, Team Canada, and his latest goal against the Slovaks. This interview is being translated from Finnish to English
NYI Hockey Now: With Jacob Trouba being named captain of the New York Rangers on Tuesday, let’s look back at how Anders Lee became captain of the New York Islanders. It was the offseason of 2018.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Much was made of the Pittsburgh Penguins having a first-round choice in the NHL Draft last month. Understandably so, since it was just their second No. 1 in eight years. But history suggests that it was almost as significant that they didn’t have a pick in the third round.
Washington Hockey Now: The NHL Network released its list of top-20 centers heading into the 2022-23 campaign, with Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid taking the top spot. And, despite multiple teams seeing their top players make the cut, the Washington Capitals saw one of their biggest stars and top-line center snubbed: Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Montreal Hockey Now: When Evgenii Dadonov was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens earlier this summer, most saw him as a cap dump and just a contract to make the money work, but the Canadiens would be best served by maximizing the asset prior to the 2023 NHL Trade deadline. But he could be of value.
Florida Hockey Now: Over the past two seasons, the Florida Panthers have become one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and few players not on the Tampa Bay Lightning have played them as much as Marc Staal. As a member of the Detroit Red Wings, Staal shared a division with the Panthers the last two years and has played Florida 12 times during that span. Now Staal joins Florida.
Detroit Hockey Now: Veteran Detroit Red Wings forward Sam Gagner made the joking observation at the end of last season that some of his younger teammates “are a little closer to my kids’ age.” The 33-year-old, whose career is not close to over, is struggling to find work.
Colorado Hockey Now: It’s time that the Colorado Avalanche get some statues in front of Ball Arena to honor this city’s three-time Stanley Cup champion team – including the present-day champs–writes Adrian Dater.
San Jose Hockey Now: Tommy Wingels is coming back to the San Jose Sharks. According to the Sharks website, Wingels, along with Luca Sbisa, are joining the Sharks as development coaches. San Jose Hockey Now caught this last night:
Calgary Hockey Now: It’s been a month of big signings for Calgary Flames star Jonathan Huberdeau. He recently signed an eight-year extension worth $84 million, the richest in Calgary Flames history. And per CBC on Monday, it was announced the 29-year-old winger will donate his brain to Project Enlist Canada for research on brain injuries.
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