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.
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Although Nathan Horton had a strong debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the fact that he missed the first half of the season has caught up to him. (Columbus Dispatch)
Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s inclusion in Team Canada had a lot to do with his success during the world championships. (Calgary Sun)
After being sidelined for most of the 2012-13 campaign, the New York Islanders were expecting that this would be a development season for Calvin de Haan. Instead the 22-year-old blueliner has taken a major step forward and is logging big minutes with the Islanders. (Newsday)
Speaking of young defensemen that have been making their mark this season, Olli Maatta has bounced back nicely after he was listed as a healthy scratch on Dec. 31. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Kirk Penton argues that the Winnipeg Jets need to shift Dustin Byfuglien from the blueline to forward. (Winnipeg Sun)
Marcus Kruger has replaced Michal Handzus as the Chicago Blackhawks’ center for Patrick Kane’s line. (Chicago Tribune)