Tampa Bay prospect Anthony DeAngelo has joined a list that includes some of the top blue-liners in the history of the game.
DeAngelo has been awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy, given to the OHL’s best defenseman, after racking up 89 points in 55 games for Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie.
Past winners of the Max Kaminsky Trophy include Denis Potvin, Larry Murphy, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, and Drew Doughty. More recently, it’s been awarded to Jake Muzzin, Ryan Ellis, Dougie Hamilton, and Aaron Ekblad.
DeAngelo was drafted 19th overall last summer, an honor that came not long after being suspended eight games for making “a most inappropriate statement to a teammate.”
“I made a mistake in what I did and know I was wrong for the comment I made,” DeAngelo told NHL.com. “I was deserving of disciplinary actions.”
DeAngelo’s 89 points were 18 more than the second most by a d-man (Owen Sound’s Chris Bigras, Colorado Avalanche).
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For the first time in these NHL playoffs, teams will play on back-to-back nights when the Lightning and Canadiens meet tonight, then again tomorrow, in Tampa Bay.
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who didn’t play full games on consecutive days once during the regular season, is trying to keep his focus on tonight’s game only.
“I’m not really worried about tomorrow,” Bishop said today, per ESPN.com. “Tonight’s kind of the main thing. We’ve played (three games in three days) in the minors and everything. I’m not too worried about it. Right now I’m just focused on tonight.”
The Lightning and Canadiens last met Sunday in Montreal. They were forced to play a back-to-back due to Amalie Arena being booked last night for a Nitro Circus event (which actually ended up being canceled).
Bishop saw action three times with zero days rest during the regular season (.868 save percentage). Twice he started games after appearing in a relief effort the day before; once he started on consecutive days, but was pulled early in the first game.
Montreal’s Carey Price started three back-to-backs during the regular season. He was not pulled in any of the six combined games, and his save percentage with zero days rest was an impressive .947.
Tampa Bay leads the series, 2-0.
The NHL will announce the three finalists for coach of the year tonight. The Jack Adams Award is voted on by the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association. Last year, it was presented to Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, who beat out finalists Mike Babcock (Detroit) and Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay).
This year, there’s no shortage of candidates. But one — Calgary’s Bob Hartley — is considered the favorite, after leading the Flames to the playoffs.
Not only were the Flames expected by many to be among the league’s worst teams in 2014-15, they were forced to play without captain Mark Giordano down the stretch. Missing one of the best defensemen in hockey, they went 12-6-3, clinching a postseason berth for the first time since 2009.
Other candidates include Ottawa’s Dave Cameron, Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice, Nashville’s Peter Laviolette, New York Rangers’ Alain Vigneault, and Washington’s Barry Trotz.
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