PHT Morning Skate: The top 25 players under 25

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–Fox Sports’ Pete Blackburn shares his list of the top 25 players under 25 years old. To nobody’s surprise, Oilers center Connor McDavid is at the top of the list. Rounding out the top five are Auston Matthews, Aaron Ekblad, Patrik Laine and Aleksander Barkov (yup, two Panthers in the top five). (Fox Sports)

–Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin gets enough media attention in Montreal, so he found a creative way to avoid the cameras at the GM meetings. He walked by the cameras holding a plant so that his face would be covered. It was all in good fun! (NHL.com)

–Since naming Doug Weight as interim head coach, the Islanders have gone on a 13-5-3 run. Weight isn’t sure why things have worked out so well, but the preparation and approach he brings to the game have gone a long way in making the Islanders relevant in the Eastern Conference. (Sportsnet)

–The Dallas Stars put a stop to Washington’s incredible 15-game home winning streak, and they did it by chasing Braden Holtby from the game. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–Since making his season debut on Nov. 29, Jack Eichel has been a top 10 point producer, which is really, really good. Unfortunately for him, the Sabres are wasting his terrific season by being “a rotten team,” per Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski. (Yahoo)

–As part of a Papa John’s pizza promotion, Caps forward Alexander Ovechkin made a delivery in Virginia last week. The only problem, is that the young babysitter who answered the door didn’t realize who he was. “I was also very confused when I opened the door, which I believe is kind of apparent by my face in the video. There was a long silence between me opening the door and someone finally asking if I knew who was delivering my pizza, so I suppose that was a bit uncomfortable.” (Washington Post)

–Even though they’ll be losing their ECHL team at the end of this season, there’s no denying that the people in Alaska love their hockey. The difficult economic conditions have made keeping high-level hockey challenging, but they’re hoping things will turn around soon. “Hopes around Alaska are that the oil industry turns around and under a new Republican White House, there won’t be any opposition to that idea. If the economy rebounds, the NCAA squads won’t have to fear for their future and perhaps another NAHL team will sprout up.” (The Hockey News)