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PHT Morning Skate: Eric Hartzell gets ready to launch pro career


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 Pittsburgh Penguins’ young defensive prospects have to adjust to coach Dan Bylsma’s system. For some blueliners, it’s a significant change. (McKeesport Daily News)

Red Wings goaltending coach Jim Bedard has been pleasantly surprised by Jared Coreau. The 21-year-old netminder signed with the team partially based on Chris Osgood’s recommendation. (Detroit Free Press)

After excelling in the NCAA, Penguins goaltender Eric Hartzell is looking forward to getting a chance to prove himself in the AHL next season. (

Hockey talent is emerging in nontraditional US markets. (The Tennessean)

At the same time, the game is also growing in Southeast Asia. (The Globe and Mail)

Andrew Ladd was honored to be included on Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming orientation camp. (Winnipeg Sun)

Sharks name Pavelski captain; Thornton, Couture alternates

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Joe Pavelski is the new captain of the San Jose Sharks. The club made the announcement today via Twitter.

The former captain, Joe Thornton, will be an alternate captain, along with Logan Couture.

Pavelski, 31, was the Sharks’ leading scorer last season, finishing with 37 goals and 33 assists. He’s also signed through 2018-19, so giving him the ‘C’ makes sense from a long-term stability perspective.

Couture, 26, is also signed through 2018-19, while Thornton, 36, only has two years left on his contract.

The Sharks had four alternate captains (Thornton, Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic) in 2014-15, but no captain.

Related: DeBoer says Sharks will have a captain next season

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.