On a night when more young players are making their mark in the NHL, Dylan Strome‘s debut for the Arizona Coyotes will wait another day.
Strome, selected third overall in 2015, is officially a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The possibility of this development was raised yesterday, but the decision was made for good prior to puck drop.
“Obviously, it’s disappointing,” Strome told AZCentral.com. “But it’s the NHL. It’s not an easy league, so you just gotta keep working hard and keep doing what they’re asking of you and wait for your chance to get in the lineup and do your best when you get in.”
Meanwhile, Christian Dvorak, Lawson Crouse, and Jakob Chychrun all make their NHL debuts for the Coyotes.
Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the new season — tapping the puck into a wide open net to finish off a pretty passing play during Saturday’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils.
Remember: Keep that stick on the ice.
Ondrej Palat made an absolutely perfect pass to Stamkos as he was speeding toward the net. We also couldn’t forget to mention the nice move through the neutral zone from Jonathan Drouin, as he forced the Devils’ defenders to back in, setting up for the pass.
Oh yeah, the Toronto Maple Leafs have Mitch Marner, too.
Selected fourth overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old Marner scored the first goal of his NHL career on Saturday.
It was a beauty, too.
He picked up the puck with speed and a confident move in the neutral zone, and then ripped a perfect shot blocker side on Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin.
All the excitement surrounding the Leafs the last few days has been all about Auston Matthews, which is no surprise given what he did in his NHL debut earlier this week and his home debut Saturday.
But Toronto’s group of skilled, young forwards goes beyond Matthews. And Marner provided further evidence of that versus the Bruins.
Gregory Campbell was put on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier in the week. He eventually cleared, but he has decided not to report to the American Hockey League, as per the Columbus Dispatch.
“Gregory will not be reporting, no,” Campbell’s agent Pat Morris told the Dispatch. “He’s going to continue to skate on his own and ponder his future, but he’s not going to play in the American League and take a position away from a young player.
“He was a young player at one point in time, and older players didn’t come in and take his position away. He doesn’t want to do that.”
And, as of Saturday evening, that means the Blue Jackets will suspend the veteran forward, although Columbus is still seeking to trade Campbell if they can.
Campbell is now 32 years old, scoring only three goals and 11 points in 82 games last season.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets have decided to bring in some youth to their roster, which is now reportedly the youngest in the league.
What does Auston Matthews have in store for us in his second career NHL game?
It will be hard to top what he accomplished in his debut, at the age of 19, as he made history by scoring four goals against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
Tonight, Matthews plays his first game for the Maple Leafs in Toronto. The excitement in that city should be immense for this occasion, as the Leafs take on the Boston Bruins. And we’ve got that game for you right here on NBCSN and the NBC Sports’ Live Extra (7 p.m. ET).
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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:
NBCSN adds Matthews’ Toronto debut to TV schedule
Matthews takes blame for Sens’ winning goal, of course
All aboard the Auston Matthews hype train