The Minnesota Wild are reportedly taking a flier on Quebec league standout Guillaume Gelinas.
Gelinas, who won this year’s Emile Bouchard trophy as the QMJHL’s top defenseman, will ink a deal with the Wild this week, per TVA’s Mikael Lalancette. An undersized 21-year-old — 5-foot-10, 185 pounds — Gelinas was never drafted by an NHL club but shot to prominence this season by scoring a whopping 92 points in 67 games (and 34 points in 24 playoff games) for Val d’or, who lost to WHL Edmonton in the 2014 Memorial Cup semifinal.
(Gelinas had two points in three games for the Foreurs at the Memorial Cup.)
Though he was one of the league’s older players this year, Gelinas put himself in some elite company by winning the Bouchard award. Past winners include Pittsburgh d-men Simon Despres and Kris Letang, Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov and Columbus’ David Savard.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger