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

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• 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. (NHL.com)

• 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. (NHL.com)

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. (NHL.com)


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