PHT Morning Skate: Let’s look at the man likely to go third after McDavid, Eichel


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.

We’ve heard a lot about what top 2015 draft prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel might bring to the teams that select them, but what about the man likely to go third overall? Here’s a couple recent stories about Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin. (The Hockey News /

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is “intrigued by the possibility” of a Penguins-Flyers game at Beaver Stadium, but it’s not close to happening. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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Seven-year-old Alyx Delaloyle, who is battling leukemia, was thrilled when the crowd as well as players from the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars cheered her during Tuesday’s game. (Winnipeg Sun)

Kings GM Dean Lombardi realizes he paid a steep price for defenseman Andrej Sekera, but given how his players have done recently and their past playoff success, Lombardi felt it was appropriate to act aggressively. (LA Kings Insider)

The Washington Capitals’ “sloppy” showing against Pittsburgh on Wednesday can trace its origins back to their morning skate. (CSN Washington)

Speaking of, here are the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 4-3 victory over Washington:

Rob Rossi doesn’t think Penguins GM Jim Rutherford should be satisfied after adding Daniel Winnik. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)