— Jaromir Jagr was not voted into the NHL All-Star game this year, and even though he will not be playing in the game he will still be in Los Angeles this weekend to take part in the NHL’s celebration of the top-100 players of all time. The league will be unveiling the final 67 players of its top-100 on Friday night, and Jagr, currently the NHL’s second leading all-time goal scorer and third all-time leading point producer, is certainly among that group (honestly, he is probably among the top-10 at this point). The event will be hosted by actor Jon Hamm. Jagr’s teammate, Vincent Trocheck with 18 goals and 15 assists in 49 games this season, will represent the Panthers in the game. [Miami Herald]
— St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, currently the NHL’s eighth leading scorer, has not scored a goal in eight games. That is his longest goal scoring drought of the season and he is starting to get a little frustrated by some of the poor shooting luck he is experiencing lately. “My whole life, it frustrates me if the puck doesn’t go in,” Tarasenko said recently via the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “I think this year I’ve hit as many posts as I hit in my whole life. I mean post-and-out and crossbars. But as long as you look straight ahead of you and don’t put your head down, as long as you work hard and help your team as much as you can, it will come back.” He will have a chance to snap out of that goal scoring drought on Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. [Post Dispatch]
— After being acquired in a trade from the San Jose Sharks earlier this week Tommy Wingels is going to be in the lineup for the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night when they host the Calgary Flames. In 37 games this season he has five goals and three assists. [TSN Steve Lloyd]
— Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau would like to see Mikko Koivu get a little bit more recognition for the Selke Trophy this season as one of the NHL’s best defensive forwards.
Boudreau legit upset every midseason award column he's read (except mine😄) doesn't have Koivu as a Selke winner, let alone contender #mnwild
— With Evgeni Malkin sidelined for the time being due to a lower body injury the Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled center Carter Rowney from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Rowney, 27, has yet to play in an NHL game in his career. He has been in the Penguins organization since the 2013-14 season and spent time in the ECHL (Wheeling Nailers) and AHL. In 24 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season he has 10 goals and 11 assists, and has 47 goals in 189 career games at the AHL level. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
— After missing the past two games veteran defenseman Jason Garrison will be back in the lineup for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night when they take on the Florida Panthers. In 45 games this season the 32-year-old Garrison has just one goal and five assists for a Lightning team that is trying to get back into the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. [Tampa Bay Times]
As announced during Wednesday’s NHL Awards, P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators will be the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL 19 video game.
This is Subban’s first time on the cover of the series, which featured Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid last year.
More details from EA:
For the first time in franchise history, NHL® 19 allows players to journey from the pond to the pros and play on outdoor rinks in new and returning game modes. Players can create a character and express their look and playstyle with over 900 new customization items including, for the first time, lifestyle apparel inspired by pond hockey. On the ice, the cutting-edge animation technology Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech delivers explosive-edge skating with more acceleration and responsiveness that looks and feels better. NHL® 19 also lets players compete with and against over 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever play the sport, including Wayne Gretzky.
In NHL® 19, the sport returns to the ponds where players can compete under a unified progression hub called World of CHEL that unites EA SPORTS Hockey League, NHL THREES™ Drop In and two new modes, NHL ONES™ and Pro-Am. NHL ONES™ pits three players against each other in a 1v1v1 free-for-all with no rules and no stoppages. Players can win to rank up to new outdoor locations and defend their position as king-of-the-hill. Players can also play in any World of CHEL mode to progress their online Create-A-Character, unlock rewards, and customize their look and their playstyle.
Here’s the full trailer:
The game is set to be released Sept. 14 for Playstation 4 and XBOX One.
William Karlsson just finished a fantastic season, so it’s nice to see him take home a trophy at the 2018 NHL Awards.
Karlsson generated 43 goals, 78 points, and just 12 penalty minutes during the 2017-18 season on his way to winning the Lady Byng Trophy. The other finalists were Aleksander Barkov and Ryan O'Reilly.
(Note: it’s unclear if Karlsson edged out his competition by way of hair flips.)
Here are the voting results. Note that this was cut off at the top 20, while 49 players received at least one vote. As a reminder, the Lady Byng is “given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
This is a nifty factoid about Karlsson’s win:
Karlsson was named on 126 of the 164 ballots to become the first player to win an end-of-season trophy for a team in its inaugural campaign since 1979-80 (Wayne Gretzky w/ EDM). #NHLAwardspic.twitter.com/0Uq8tgzGvF
Brian Boyle of the New Jersey Devils is the recipient of the 2018 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
The award is given to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association nominate a player from each of their 31 chapters and three finalists are named after a vote.
The Devils forward didn’t only deal with a cancer diagnosis this season. Boyle and his wife, Lauren, also went through an ordeal where doctors believed their two-year-old son Declan was possibly dealing with Ewing sarcoma of the mandible. Turns out it was a rare condition that impacts blood flow and oxygen circulation, and after a handful of procedures the situation is under control.
Mathew Barzal became the fifth New York Islander to win the Calder Trophy, which was handed out during Wednesday’s NHL Awards show in Las Vegas. The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and given “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.”
Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy and Bryan Berard were the previous Islanders players to win the rookie of the year award.
“This is an amazing honor to win the Calder Trophy,” Barzal said. “The players that have won this award, within the Islanders organization and then others around the league, includes Hall of Fame players and Stanley Cup Champions. To have my name next to those guys in the record books is very humbling.”
Barzal led all rookies with 85 points and 27 power play points, and finished sixth in goals with 22. He was also the only rookie to average over a point per game (1.04). He finished the season as the Islanders leading scorer and was fourth on the team in goals.
One of the many highlights of Barzal’s rookie season was the three 5-point games he recorded, which made him him the second rookie in league history to achieve the feat. Joe Malone last did it 100 years ago during the NHL’s first season in 1917-18.
Here’s what the voting looked like as Barzal beat out the other two finalists, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes.