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.
Detroit Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo has returned to Nashville for his first game against the squad that drafted him, the Predators. (The Tennessean)
The Edmonton Oilers will give Magnus Paajarvi, 21, a shot on their second line. Of the Oilers’ top picks over the last five years, Paajarvi has had the most difficulty firmly establishing himself in the NHL. (Edmonton Journal)
A look back at 23-year-old forward Alex Killorn’s first NHL goal. (Lightning.nhl.com)
Florida Panthers forward Stephen Weiss doesn’t want to use his early injury or the trade rumors as an excuse for his early season struggles. (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
Ryan Carter might have suffered a concussion during the New Jersey Devils’ 2-1 loss to Ottawa. (New Jersey Online)
The Detroit Red Wings spent a good chunk of their Monday afternoon practice working on their ailing power play. (Detroit Free Press)
Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler is playing alongside the son of one of one of the players he looked up to in his youth, Roman Horak Sr. The 21-year-old Horak Jr. is happy to be part of this line too, especially given that he was a fan of Hudler’s growing up. (Calgary Sun)
Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza might not be able to play again this season, but the Ottawa Senators’ stars will still help the franchise in other ways. (Ottawa Citizen)
The New York Islanders have claimed goalie Jean-Francois Berube off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, the club announced today.
Berube won the Calder Cup last season with AHL Manchester, but the 24-year-old has yet to appear in an NHL game.
That the Isles claimed Berube could be evidence that Jaroslav Halak will not be ready to start the season after all.
If that’s the case, Berube would back up Thomas Greiss, with Stephon Williams expected to go to the AHL.
The Isles open their regular season Friday at home versus the Blackhawks, then play the next day in Chicago.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed one of the more intriguing players placed on waivers — former Vancouver defenseman Frank Corrado.
Corrado, 22, was waived by the Canucks on Monday. The former OHL standout had appeared in 28 career games for Vancouver — including 10 last year — but was squeezed out of an NHL spot following the emergence of Ben Hutton, who surprised many onlookers by making the 23-man roster.
Canucks GM Jim Benning will receive criticism for losing an asset like Corrado for nothing. Several Vancouver pundits warned of exposing a young, promising d-man to waivers and those warnings ultimately proved accurate.
With Toronto, Corrado could push for playing time as the club indicated on Monday veteran d-man Sephane Robidas wouldn’t be with the team to start the year. That would leave the the Leafs with seven healthy blueliners: Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Roman Polak, Morgan Rielly, Matt Hunwick, Martin Marincin and Scott Harrington, who can go to the minors without having to clear waivers.
Petter Granberg, another defenseman, is currently on IR.
In a corresponding move to the Corrado claim, the Leafs put forward Richard Panik on waivers. Panik, who Toronto plucked off waivers from Tampa Bay last year, appeared in 76 games for the Leafs, scoring 11 goals and 17 points.