PHT Morning Skate: Lightning prospect Drouin ready for next step

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.

Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin comes into training camp with high hopes and he’s ready to get his NHL career off to a roaring start. (The Tampa Tribune)

Speaking of young guys ready to prove something this year, Boston’s Dougie Hamilton wants to do things a bit stronger this year after winding up in the press box for most of the playoffs last season. (

Derek Roy wants to deliver what’s been missing in St. Louis recently: Someone who can get their goal scorers the puck. (In The Slot)

Marc Staal is ready to return from an eye injury that nearly cost him his career. (Yahoo!)

The Flames have teamed up with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. (Your Alaska Link)

Finally, the Canucks want to know if prospect Jordan Subban, P.K.’s youngest brother, has a fake laugh. Hmm…. (Canucks twitter)

For real this time: Scott Gomez signs with ECHL Alaska Aces


Scott Gomez is really going home this time.

The embattled Canadiens forward has officially signed with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces to play there during the lockout.

Gomez was originally announced as a member of the team when Brandon Dubinsky, Nate Thompson, and Joey Crabb inked deals, but he later reportedly denied doing so. Now, he’s set to make his Aces debut on November 14, 16, and 17 at home against Colorado.

Gomez joins an Aces team that’s seen fellow Alaska native Dubinsky dominate play there. Perhaps Gomez can rediscover his ability to score goals, something that eluded him for over a calendar year with the Montreal Canadiens.

(Photo: Alaska Aces)