PHT Morning Skate: The next McDavid? Floodgates set to open after Tavares signing?

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• Top 2019 NHL Draft prospect has ‘Connor McDavid-like qualities’ (Sportsnet)

• Tavares’s decision could have snowball effect on NHL. (Newsday)

• He is, he is, he is: Jack Johnson expected to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins come Sunday. (

• Don’t get too excited, Sens fans: Team and NHL deny report suggesting that Sens owner is trying to sell team. (Ottawa Citizen)

• Hockey dream still alive for paralyzed Humboldt Bronco. (The Canadian Press)

• Hayley Wickenheiser says Canada behind U.S. in women’s hockey development. (Toronto Star)

• Analyze This: Slim pickings for Canadiens at NHL free agent buffet. (Montreal Gazette)

• Jets coach mindful of expectations for next season entering free agency. Maurice wants Winnipeg to be mentally ready, hopes to keep roster intact. (

Logan Couture, Sharks reportedly agree on eight-year extension. (CBS Sports)

• Jason Botchford says Canucks could target capable free-agent talent minus marquee price tag. (The Province)

• Meanwhile, here’s five potential free agents the Flames could target. (Calgary Sun)

• Mario Lemieux’s son honing his game with the Penguins. (

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck