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.
Ray Emery’s new goalie mask with the Blackhawks is a true reverential beauty. Gone are the legendary boxers, in are some Native American icons. (In Goal Magazine)
Alex Ovechkin is pretty impressed with Edmonton’s collection of talented youth. You know, cause he’s so old and everything. (Edmonton Sun)
One of those kids, Jordan Eberle, had two points against the Caps to snap Washington’s unbeaten start to the season. (THN)
File this under “Duh”: Adam Larsson won’t be going back to Sweden after last night’s 5-3 loss to Phoenix. (Fire & Ice)
Speaking of the Devils, newest Devil Ryan Carter reminisces about beating Martin Brodeur for his first two goals. (Fire & Ice)
Slava Voynov is doing well in place of Drew Doughty. Two goals in a Kings win over the Stars will help you get noticed. (L.A. Times)
Michael Russo points out the Wild are good at dumps, not so good at chases. (Russo’s Rants)
Stephane Da Costa will be the guy that gets to benefit most from Mika Zibanejad going back to Sweden. (Ottawa Sun)
Looks like Erik Cole is figuring it out in Montreal. Maybe he can stay on the power play all the time now. (Montreal Gazette)
Finally, speaking of the Habs, Carey Price said he “Bill Buckner’d it” on Tomas Plekanec’s face off win turned Bruins goal in the first. (NHL)
Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.
Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.
Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.
The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.
It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.
Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.
That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.
“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”
Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.
“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.
“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”
Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.
As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.
He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.
His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.
Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.