PHT Morning Skate: Is MacKinnon the NHL’s fastest skater?

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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.

Nathan MacKinnon’s peers believe he’s already the fastest skater in the NHL, as he earned rave reviews from Colorado Avalanche teammate Gabriel Landeskog as well as Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall. Landeskog thinks his speed while carrying the puck is what truly separates him from the speedy pack. (The Canadian Press)

Should the Florida Panthers’ attendance woes be a surprise? The Hockey News’ Adam Proteau doesn’t believe so. (The Hockey News)

SB Nation’s Travis Hughes calls Trevor Gillies “a glorified night club bouncer with ice skates and a pair of fists.” Hughes argues that the enforcer doesn’t belong in professional hockey. (SB Nation)

Apparently St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis has a Mighty Ducks tattoo on the back of his neck. (Puck Daddy)

The Edmonton Press’ Jim Matheson believes that Bogdan Yakimov’s call-up is a bad sign for the progress of fellow prospect Anton Lander. (Matheson’s Twitter feed)

A more positive bit on Oilers youngsters: Nail Yakupov is showing signs of serious improvement just a few games into the 2014-15 season. (Oilers Nation)

Here’s one of the simplest, most tangible ways to explain just how bad the Buffalo Sabres were against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday:

Some separation anxiety for the New York Rangers?