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.
Dominic Moore helped raise over $100,000 for the Katie Moore Foundation with a charity ping-pong event. He served as the host of Smashfest 2013 and his foundation helps “patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy, and community.” (NHLPA.com)
Australian-born forward Nathan Walker has been invited to the Washington Capitals’ rookie camp. No Australian-born player has ever been drafted by an NHL team, let alone play in the league. (CSN Washington)
Dallas Stars forward Ray Whitney was impressed by more than Alex Chiasson’s goal scoring abilities during the 22-year-old’s impressive seven-game NHL stint last season. (Stars.nhl.com)
In addition to being the top pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Nathan MacKinnon also has some acting experience. (Denver Post)
Kevin Allen offers 10 predictions for the upcoming season. Among them: Tim Thomas will play despite being currently unemployed and Sidney Crosby will record 125 points. (USA Today)
Capitals defenseman John Carlson played a key role in Team USA winning the gold medal in the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship. That kind of international success is what USA GM David Poile is looking for. (CSN Washington)
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
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.