–There’s no doubt that Artemi Panarin‘s one-timer is lethal. Now, the ‘Hawks forward reveals the secrets behind his most dangerous weapon. “It depends on how the pass is given — if the puck is faster or wobbly, I don’t really have time to aim so I just shoot. If it’s more straight and slower I aim,” said Panarin. (Chicago Tribune)
–Has millennial culture made a positive impact on the game of hockey? “I think that young people are better educated in many ways. Certainly, anything they need to know about the game or learn about the game, whether it’s nutrition or training, how to carry yourself or how to play, it’s there on the internet at their fingertips,” Las Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee told the team’s website.
–After struggling to produce during his final years in Carolina, Eric Staal is showing that he still has something left in the tank now that he’s with Minnesota. In an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Staal admitted just how difficult it was in Carolina towards the end. “I genuinely did my best every single day to try and bring back the success we had earlier in my career. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen,” said Staal. (Charlotte Observer)
—Patrick Kane picked up three points, including the overtime winner in last night’s 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.
–The Puck Daddy blog breaks down 6 intriguing analytics stats. Whether you believe in analytics or not, the Colorado Avalanche are just bad. On a more positive note, Sharks forward Timo Meier‘s ability to get pucks on goal would indicate that he’s ready to play a bigger role in the NHL. (Yahoo)
–Prior to last night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, the Boston Bruins honored the memory of the late Milt Schmidt, who passed away on Wednesday. (Sportsnet)
–It seemed like the entire hockey world was watching last night’s classic World Junior gold medal game between Canada and the USA. Here’s some of the reactions from players like John Carlson, Keith Kinkaid, Auston Matthews, T.J. Oshie and many others. (BarDown)