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.
Did the Buffalo Sabres ruin their chances of tanking to the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft by adding some notable free agents such as Matt Moulson and trading for Josh Gorges? Here’s a strong vote for “No” – Brian Gionta isn’t anywhere near the player he once was, for example – but it’s an interesting question to ask. (The Hockey News)
Is it time for the Winnipeg Jets to blow everything up and start over? (Arctic Ice Hockey)
Which players would make the all-California all-time team? The list is based on players born in California, not ones who merely were employed in the state at one time or another … and let’s just say it isn’t pretty. (Battle of California)
“Fancy stats” readers can read up on “dCorsi” (aka Delta Corsi) in two helpful posts from Steve Burch. (Pension Plan Puppets and NHL Numbers)
PHT touched on some of the high points already, but just in case you missed it, check out Elliotte Friedman’s last 30 Thoughts column for some time. (CBC)
Saku Koivu isn’t the only player looking for big bucks for his old pad. Check out how much Henrik Lundqvist wants for his posh penthouse. (The Modlin Group via Henrik Lundqvist blog)
In praise of Nashville’s value-heavy offseason signings. (SB Nation NHL)
Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.
Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.
Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.
The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.
It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.
Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.
That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.
“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”
Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.
“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.
“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”
Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.
As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.
He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.
His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.
Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.