PHT Morning Skate: A look back at the record-breaking NHL Draft for USA Hockey

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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.

Happy Fourth of July!

— The 2016 NHL Draft was a memorable one for USA Hockey, which saw a record 12 American-born players selected in the first round. It started with Auston Matthews going No. 1 overall to the Toronto Maple Leafs and ended with Trent Frederic going 29th overall to the Boston Bruins. A total of 55 American players were selected in last month’s draft.

— Membership — including players, coaches and officials — with USA Hockey grew in 2015-16, with 622,833 total members compared to 611,926 in 2014-15. (USA Hockey)

— Former Oilers tough guy George Laraque weighs in on newly signed Milan Lucic wearing No. 27. Ouch!

— Speculation on who could be the first GM of the Las Vegas NHL franchise. (Puck Daddy)

— The structure of three contracts that points to another lockout, according to Larry Brooks. (New York Post)

— Why the Stars’ goalie tandem and carrying eight defensemen aren’t great ideas. (Dallas Morning News)

— Vancouver Island-based NHL players present group of minor hockey players with new equipment, registration fees. (Victoria Times Colonist)