“He had statistically maybe not his best year, but he did a lot of really good things,” Yeo said. “Second half of the year we were the best team in the league, and he was our leader on the back end. I don’t think he deserves to beat himself up, especially given the circumstances of the passing of his father and the mumps. He’s motivated, he’s excited to have a good year.”
There’s no response from Suter just yet, but if he feels the same way as fellow workhorse Drew Doughty, then he’s eating hockey Brussels Sprouts on Friday:
Doughty said he expects his minutes/game to return to the 24-25 range. Said it kind of like a kid being forced to eat veggies.
Mathew Dumba said he “isn’t taking anything for granted,” and with good reason. Despite receiving plenty of offers, Mike Reilly isn’t necessarily guaranteed a spot on the team heading into next season.
Dumba: "I'm not going to take anything for granted coming into this camp. We've got a lot of depth here on defense." #mnwild
“That’s a pretty cool reaction, especially given the circumstances,” Kane said . “You didn’t really know what to expect. I thought it was one of those things when you’re going on the ice you don’t know what’s going to happen. To hear that reaction from the crowd definitely gave me chills. It was an exciting moment.”
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.
Plenty of bits in Elliotte Friedman’s latest “30 Thoughts” column, with one of the more intriguing bits being the Los Angeles Kings’ easier said than done goal of knocking Drew Doughty‘s ice time down from 29 to 25 minutes per game. Bold prediction: split the difference and expect 27. (Sportsnet)
As far as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty is concerned, many (now-former) Boston Bruins were simply “too soft” in 2014-15. (CSNNE.com)
When Connor McDavid isn’t getting hit hard enough to frighten the most reactive worry warts among Edmonton Oilers fans, he’s creating all sorts of offense in the “pre-pre-season.”
McDavid and fellow high draft pick Leon Draisaitl put on a clinic on Wednesday, combining for seven points as the Oilers’ group of rookies beat the University of Alberta Golden Bears 6-3 in what amounted to a hockey friendly.
The best clip was one of McDavid’s three assists, as he set a goal with this no-look beauty:
Yeah, that’s one of those “man among boys” moments, like watching Jonathan Toews during his second NCAA season.
One could contend that McDavid will likely need to feed pucks into smaller windows during 2-on-1 situations in the NHL than during this nice bit, but still:
McDavid discussed the impressive turn out (more than 14,000 fans at Rexall) and the latest exhibition after last night’s win:
Does this ratchet up your anxiety to see McDavid face competition that’s at quite a higher level than the University of Alberta (sorry, Golden Bears)?