Colten Teubert

Rookie game fight leaves Oilers prospect Colten Teubert on sidelines at start of camp

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When the Oilers traded Dustin Penner to Los Angeles last year they were able to get top defensive prospect Colten Teubert from the Kings as part of their bounty. Teubert was the Kings first round pick, 13th overall, back in 2008, the same year they drafted Drew Doughty second overall. Now with Teubert part of the Oilers system, he’ll have a chance to bring his big body and physical presence to Edmonton.

He’ll be able to better do that if he can avoid getting his head taken off in poorly chosen fights during rookie camp.

During the Oilers rookie camp in Penticton, British Columbia, the Oilers kids were taking on the Vancouver Canucks prospects when Teubert and Canucks defenseman Adam Polasek decided to put on the foil. Polasek was a fifth round pick of Vancouver in the 2010 draft and while the kids want to impress, Polasek was able to show Teubert that he’s not the only kid that can throw a big punch as he knocked Tuebert out with a crushing right hand.

Polasek’s punch broke Teubert’s nose and gave him a concussion, the latter injury of which is keeping him off the ice at the start of Oilers training camp and something that leaves him frothing at the mouth to get back on the ice quickly as Joanne Ireland of The Edmonton Journal finds out.

The good news is that Teubert, acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Dustin Penner last season, said he felt real good on Saturday, so good that he felt like he was ready to go.

“It’s definitely frustrating to watch, but we’re just trying to be smart with it,” he said. “We’re trying to take the safe road and think about the future, too.

“I just have to be patient.”

Patience is tough to have when you’re a highly touted 21 year-old kid and hoping to break through into the NHL. It’s even more frustrating when other defensemen drafted in the same year have already broken out and gotten their chance to prove themselves in the NHL.

The 2008 draft could prove to be the one where defenses were built. Doughty, Luke Schenn, Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Bogosian, Tyler Myers, Erik Karlsson, and John Carlson are all big time stars and starters that came out of that draft just three years ago. Add in guys like Michael Del Zotto and Luca Sbisa to the mix and that’s a ton of talent that’s already shown themselves off in the NHL. Teubert wants to be the next one to make his mark on the league and being with the Oilers gives him the chance to make a big impression at camp and potentially win a job in Edmonton.

It’s tough to make that impression when you’re sidelined with a concussion though and earning it in a foolish rookie camp squabble makes it all the more frustrating for him. He’s still young and he plays the sort of physical game where fights are going to happen, but saving that kind of feisty play for a preseason game or even the regular season in the AHL or NHL would be more beneficial for him. Then again, making sure you don’t take a straight right to the middle of your face would help too.

Ducks waive former first-rounder Noesen

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Stefan Noesen, one of the pieces Anaheim acquired in the Bobby Ryan-to-Ottawa trade, has been placed on waivers (per TVA).

Noesen, 23, has appeared in 14 career NHL contests — all coming with Anaheim, and 12 of them this season in what amounted to his first extended look at the NHL level. The 21st overall pick in 2011 scored two goals in those 12 games, but only averaged 6:33 TOI per night.

The biggest reason Noesen’s struggled to establish himself is his health — or, specifically, the lack thereof. He missed almost all of the 2013-14 season with torn ligaments in his left knee, then missed four months during the ’14-15 campaign after an opponent’s skate blade nearly severed his right Achilles tendon.

When healthy, he’s shown to be an effective scorer at the AHL level. He had six goals and 15 points in 22 games for San Diego this season.

Noesen signed a one-year, two-way extension with the Ducks this past summer, worth $600,000 at the NHL level. Because of that relatively low cap hit, his pedigree and the fact he only turns 24 next month, there’s a decent chance someone could take a flier on his services.

 

Washington is ‘basically destroying everyone right now’

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals (c) celebrates his goal at 15:45 of the first period against the New York Islanders and is joined by Nicklas Backstrom #19 (l) and T.J. Oshie #77 (r)at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher didn’t mince words analyzing tonight’s opponent, the visiting Washington Capitals.

“They’re basically destroying everyone right now,” Boucher said on Tuesday morning, per TSN 1200.

And, well, he’s right.

With Monday’s 6-1 blowout of Carolina, the Caps extended their consecutive points streak to 14 games — the second-longest in franchise history. Washington is 12-0-2 during the streak and has scored at least four goals in eight consecutive games, and one of those losses came in overtime of a thrilling 8-7 tilt against the Penguins.

The streak looks even better in graph form:

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Unsurprisingly, the Caps have dotted the NHL’s weekly three stars announcements throughout January. Braden Holtby earned third star honors back on the 9th, Nicklas Backstrom netted first star on the 16th and, yesterday, T.J. Oshie scored third star of the week.

Those awards underscore the story in Washington — everybody is contributing across, the board.

Like last night, when Dmitry Orlov‘s rare two-goal effort helped the Caps past the ‘Canes. Or the game prior, when Matt Niskanen‘s three-assist performance pushed Washington over Dallas.

The Caps are a dangerous club at the moment. Even the players are willing to acknowledge it.

“We got all four lines rolling and with our depth and our ability when every line’s going, we’re tough to stop,” Oshie said, per ESPN. “Things are going well right now.”

Poor goaltending, lack of finish to blame for Kings’ latest loss

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff, left, looks at New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello after Zuccarellos scored a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in New York. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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It was the story of the Los Angeles Kings’ season last night in New York:

— Lots of shots, but not enough goals.

— Not many shots against, but too many goals allowed.

The Kings fell 3-2 to Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers despite winning the shot clock by a huge margin: 38-17.

“I think we had a lot of opportunities. You’ve got to finish,” said head coach Darryl Sutter, per LA Kings Insider. “At the end of the day, we need better goaltending in there.”

Jeff Zatkoff was between the pipes for the Kings. His record fell to 2-7-1 with an .881 save percentage. So expect to see Peter Budaj tonight in New Jersey, and probably Thursday in Carolina, too.

The Kings (22-21-4) have lost four straight and sit three points back of Calgary for the second wild-card spot. The Flames also lost last night, and so did the team immediately below the Kings, the Winnipeg Jets. That was the good news for Sutter’s crew.

But with Jonathan Quick not expected back until March, it’ll be up to Budaj and Zatkoff to give the Kings the goaltending they need to get back into a playoff spot. And that’s a big ask for two guys who’ve played more AHL games than NHL games over the last few years.

As far as the offense is concerned, the Kings badly need more from Anze Kopitar, who only has four goals in 41 games. After all, Tyler Toffoli (lower-body injury) did not make the trip, and Jeff Carter can’t be asked to score every night. Carter (25 goals) and Tanner Pearson (14) are the only Kings with double-digit goal totals.

“We probably out-chanced them, what, five-to-one tonight? It’s the percentages,” said Sutter. “So the percentages are that you score on a percentage of those chances. The other team’s scoring on not-percentage chances, put it that way.”

 

No hearings scheduled after wild Flames-Leafs game

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None of the combatants from Monday’s incident-filled Toronto-Calgary game will face disciplinary hearings, an NHL spokesman confirmed this morning.

The two sides combined for 16 minor penalties across a nasty, chippy affair that included:

— Leafs forward Leo Komarov catching Johnny Gaudreau with a huge bodycheck.

— Flames captain Mark Gioradano quickly jumping Komarov in retaliation.

— A pair of Calgary youngsters, Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk, accused of slew-footing.

The incident that drew the most attention was Komarov’s hit on Gaudreau. The diminutive Calgary winger looked to be in trouble after the check — requiring assistance off the ice — but went through concussion protocol and was cleared to return a short while after.

Komarov’s hit was deemed legal, and he didn’t receive a penalty on the play.

“I feel fine,” Gaudreau told the Calgary Herald following the game. “It’s part of hockey, you’re going to get hit every once in a while and with the concussion-test stuff, they want to make sure you’re alright.

“So I had to go in there and do that, and it was fine.”