Duchene is eager to line up with O’Reilly


With a lucrative contract extension in his back pocket and a bounce-back season behind him, things have been looking up for Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.

Duchene told Adrian Dater of the Denver Post that he’s totally on board with the plan to move Ryan O’Reilly from his normal center position to a spot on his first line alongside P.A. Parenteau, too.

“I just talked some with Ryan today, and he’s going to be great on the wing,” Duchene said. “I think he’s played some there before, and I think he can be really strong there.”

Dater believes that it O’Reilly will be a good fit as well.

I tend to think O’Reilly will be a good winger too. He’s bigger than Duchene, so he’ll be stronger in the corners. He’s great at keeping pucks deep in the zone with his body and positioning, and he goes to the net hard. So I think he’ll find maybe more rebound junk goals as a winger than a center, where your defensive responsibilities are greater than a winger and you have to skate more.

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

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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 Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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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.

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)