PHT Morning Skate: The greatest toothless grins in hockey history

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–Sports Illustrated has put together a gallery of the best toothless grins in hockey history. From Bobby Clarke to Brent Burns, there are some pretty good ones here. (Sports Illustrated)

— ‘Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson wasn’t very good at using his stick when he came into the NHL, but it’s a skill he’s developed over time. ” It’s something I’ve been working on a lot, especially playing for Q [Joel Quenneville] for a long time. It’s just something he stresses a lot. Just a modern, good defenseman, that’s how they defend nowadays.” (The Athletic)

Phil Kessel is a pretty funny. Find out how he once made Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin burst out laughing after a horrible loss to the Washington Capitals. (BarDown)

–Sportsnet explains how scoring chances can predict who the NHL goal leaders will be. Some interesting observations from Andrew Berkshire. (Sportsnet)

–The Sun Sentinel’s Dave Hyde says ex-Panthers coach Gerard Gallant was in trouble once his biggest supporter, Dale Tallon, lost most of his power. So, who’s in charge in Florida? (Sun Sentinel)

–At the quarter mark of the season, here’s Sportsnet’s all-rookie team. Auston Matthews is on the team, but do any of these other choices surprise you? No Mitch Marner!