John Tavares put up a great performance for Canada under the dull spotlight of the 2010 IIHF World Championships, but the tournament wasn’t all good for the future of the New York Islanders. He ended up breaking his foot during the competition but fought through the pain in the team’s final three games.
The good news is that, according to the New York Post, it appears that Tavares will be able to make the team’s training camp. Here’s more from the Post.
The Islanders’ franchise star will spend the next month or so hobbling around on a cast on his right foot, but Tavares is expected to be ready for training camp despite the fracture diagnosed Wednesday.
Tavares, still 19, was hit by a shot from Sweden’s Jonathan Ericsson in the qualification round, Canada’s fifth game, and played through pain for the rest of the tournament, scoring against Russia as Canada was eliminated.
Long Island’s favorite hockey club is far from the East’s elite, but I must say that the team at least put up a good fight during portions of the 2009-10 season. It seems like much-derided GM Garth Snow is building the team up by slow and painful (yet prudent) baby steps. A lot of teams in the NHL made huge leaps in short periods of time, particularly clubs with high draft picks, so the days of futility might be fading away soon.
Positivity aside, the team – as it appears now – still has a long way to go, though. Tavares is a crucial piece of that puzzle, so the Islanders must avoid rushing him back too soon from the injury.
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)