PHT Morning Skate: When ugly can be a good thing

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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.

Joe Thornton: third-line center … plus some things that actually make sense in the latest edition of Elliotte Friedman’s must-read 30 Thoughts. (Sportsnet)

Get this: it might be OK that new Dallas Stars mascot Victor E. Green is “ugly.” (The Hockey News)

Scott Cullen provides a robust summary of the Alberta Analytics Conference. (TSN)

How much do “league minimum” players usually set their teams back? Fear the Fin provides an interesting experiment in that regard. (Fear the Fin)

What’s ailing the Edmonton Oilers Part XVIII: the market itself? (Oilers Nation)

While the 2013-14 campaign obviously ended well for Marian Gaborik, it was a notably bumpy one overall. What should we expect from him as he gets settled in with the Los Angeles Kings in 2014-15, then? (SB Nation)

T.J. Oshie meets his shootout match at a fantasy camp: