NHL Draft 2013

PHT Morning Skate: Looking back at the 2013 Draft

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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.

A collection of notes about the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (NHL.com)

Do the Pittsburgh Penguins need to start putting a greater emphasis on planning for the future rather than focusing so heavily on the present? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Robin Press is this year’s Mr. Irrelevant for being taken by Chicago with the last pick in the draft. Before you dismiss him, keep in mind that he shares that distinction with Jonathan Ericsson and Patric Hornqvist. (Puck Daddy)

The Philadelphia Flyers spent four of their six picks on defensemen. (CSN Philly)

Speaking of which, blueliner Robert Hagg was surprised to hear the Flyers call his name in the second round. (CSN Philly)

The Boston Bruins feel they’ve drafted “Bruins-style players” that are “committed to the team game.” (Boston Globe)

Washington Capitals GM George McPhee still hasn’t decided what he’s going to do with his team’s compliance buyouts. (CSN Washington)

Stars GM Jim Nill thinks 10th overall pick Valeri Nichushkin has a shot at making the Dallas Stars out of training camp next season. (Dallas Morning News)

Colorado takes Nathan MacKinnon with the top pick:

Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

Mike Commodore

Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.