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PHT Morning Skate: Where Gill is issue-free after summer surgery


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.

The Tampa Bay Lightning created a bit of a logjam in the minors when they added goaltenders Riku Helenius and Anders Lindback over the summer. With that in mind, netminding prospect Jaroslav Janus will spend the 2012-13 campaign in Europe. (Lightning.nhl.com)

Here’s a detailed report on the sixth overall pick from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Ducks prospect Hampus Lindholm. (The Orange County Register)

Four Washington Capitals’ prospects will be competing for spots on Team USA’s roster for the 2013 World Junior Championships. (CSN Washington)

Hal Gill underwent off-season surgery for a fractured his tibia, but he has “no issues with it.” Gill sees himself as someone who can help out Ryan Ellis this season. (The Tennessean)

In a move that will surprise no one, the Dallas Morning News has picked Mike Modano as the all-time best Stars player. (Dallas Morning News)

According to Larry Brooks, Shane Doan has narrowed his choices down to the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver, but it remains to be seen if the Rangers are willing to give him a four-year deal. It’s worth adding that Doan also recently spoke of his desire to remain in Phoenix, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll end up re-signing with the Coyotes. (New York Post)

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal

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Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.


Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.