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.
Defenseman Seth Jones approached EA Sports about the possibility of getting his likeness in NHL ’14 and they agreed. The 18-year-old fan of the video game series was taken by the Nashville Predators with the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (NHL.com)
Martin Brodeur showed off the mask he plans to wear during the 2013-14 campaign. (Martin Brodeur on Twitter)
A look back at the New Jersey Devils’ eventful summer. (Bergen Record)
As was the case last season, the Nashville Predators’ offense is a serious concern going into 2013-14. (The Tennessean)
Forward Brian Gibbons, 25, has inked a one-year, two-way extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins. (McKeesport Daily News)
A detailed analysis of 26-year-old defenseman Alec Martinez. (LA Kings Insider)
There aren’t too many Swiss players in the NHL, which means that 20-year-old forward Nino Niederreiter might participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics. If nothing else, he’s been asked to attend Switzerland’s orientation camp. (Pioneer Press)
Image courtesy of Brodeur’s Twitter account.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”