On Tuesday, the NHL announced that three forwards — Boston’s Jarome Iginla, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist and Philly’s Claude Giroux — were named stars for the month of March.
Iginla, the first star, led all players with 13 goals while boasting an outrageous shooting percentage of 31, helping the Bruins to a 15-1-1 record. All told, Iginla finished with 17 points in 17 games and tied Guy LaFleur for 24th all-time in goals, with 560.
Nyquist, the second star, scored 12 goals and 18 points as Detroit went 7-6-2 and remained alive in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Nyquist, who didn’t even start this season with the Wings, now leads all NHL skaters with 22 goals since Jan. 20, and is in the midst of a nine-game point streak.
Giroux, the third star, led all skaters with 15 assists and 21 points last month as the Flyers went 9-3-2 and put themselves in great shape for a top-three finish in the Metropolitan Division. Giroux was a model of consistency throughout March, posting at least one point in 11 of 14 games, including seven multi-point performances and three three-point efforts.
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.
Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)
After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)
Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)
The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.
He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.
He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).
In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.
No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?