The NHL issued a press release today, calling attention to the fact that interest in the league is through the roof.
For example, the number of unique visitors to NHL.com is up 17 percent versus last season’s figures, including a “remarkable increase in the Czech Republic (+255 percent).”
Thinking the return of Jaromir Jagr might have something to do with that, but as they say in the digital biz, UVs are UVs. (Not sure they actually say that, but they should.)
The NHL would also like everyone to know that local TV ratings have risen significantly in the following markets:
—- Nashville (+200 percent)
—- Carolina (+125 percent)
—- Florida (+100 percent)
—- Tampa Bay (+71 percent)
—- Philadelphia (+60 percent)
—- Boston (+57 percent)
—- Minnesota (+53 percent)
—- San Jose (+44 percent)
—- Buffalo (+26 percent)
—- Edmonton (+21 percent)
—- New York Rangers (+14 percent)
Anyway, good news for the NHL.
Also, good news for the players, who can whip out said press release if the owners try to plead poverty during the CBA negotiations.
“But it says right here you’re big in the Czech Republic!”
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)