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 AHL has unveiled its First and Second All-Star Teams. (AHL.com)
To improve team morale, Nashville Predators defenseman Kevin Klein has resorted to going back to his 2012 playoff haircut…a Mohawk. (The Tennessean)
Celebraties and players reacted on Twitter to the NHL’s partnership with You Can Play. (NHL.com)
What would you say if someone during the summer told you that the Montreal Canadiens would not only make the playoffs, but be one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams? (Montreal Gazette)
When looking at Toronto Maple Leafs centers, there’s a pretty big disparity between salary and production. (Toronto Sun)
Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban completed the OHL’s Belleville Bulls’ four-game sweep of the Sudbury Wolves with a 27-save shutout. Subban already has three shutouts in 10 playoffs games to go along with a 1.31 GAA and .951 save percentage. (NHL.com)
Sidney Crosby isn’t skating yet, but he’s traveling with the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov has started to produce offensively and that’s pushed him back into contention for the Calder Trophy. (Edmonton Journal)
Highlights from Pittsburgh’s 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay:
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The Toronto Maple Leafs trimmed their training camp roster by 16 players on Sunday.
Two of the Leafs’ top prospects, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen, are heading to the the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
For the full list of cuts, click here.
Nylander was Toronto’s first round pick, eighth overall, in 2014.
The 19-year-old scored an impressive 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with the Marlies in 2014-15.
Kapenen, 19, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Phil Kessel trade.
He had one goal and one assist in a brief four game stint with Pittsburgh’s farm team last season.
The rebuilding Maple Leafs have no issue being patient with their top young prospects. Both players could make their NHL debut at some point this season, but they may have to wait a little while longer before they become regulars at the next level.
The Leafs now have 24 players on their training camp roster. They have until Tuesday to put the finishing touches on their lineup. Toronto needs to cut at least one more player.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”