PHT Morning Skate: Predicting McDavid’s season; Should Toronto go after Panarin?

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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.

• A forecast of what’s to come from Connor McDavid this coming season. Hint: Points. Many of them. (Copper and Blue)

• Because the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t become enough of a juggernaut this summer, perhaps they should trade for Artemi Panarin, just to rub it in. (Maple Leafs Nation)

• With the possibility that Ryan Kesler missing the whole season, Ducks general manager Bob Murray says he’s confident Patrick Eaves will play a full season this year. (OC Register)

• In Detroit, a commitment to the kids playing over their veteran counterparts is on the horizon. (Detroit Free Press)

Casey Mittelstadt is ready to take the next step with the Buffalo Sabres. (NHL.com)

• The New York Islanders have a contingency plan should their new home in Belmont Park not be ready on time. (IslandersPointBlank)

• Making sense of Lou Lamoriello’s bottom-six makeover on Long Island. (Elite Sports NY)

• Summer is slow, so here’s a look at whether teams have more success counterattacking at home or not. (TSN.ca)

• On the long, difficult and ultimately unknown path to the NHL for goalies. (Chicago Tribune)

• Jayna Hefford, Canada’s five-time Olympian and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, is now the interim commissioner of the CWHL. (The Ice Garden)

• Staying with women’s hockey, more teams are coming to the Olympics. (IIHF)

• Willie O’Ree’s hockey tree grows another branch with Ayodele Adeniye’s rise. (The Color of Hockey)

• The Pittsburgh Penguins have a glut of forwards after signing Derek Grant. (Pensburgh)

• A case for Freddie Gaudreau’s permanent spot on the Nashville Predators roster. (On the Forecheck)

• A look at which of the Calder Cup-winning Toronto Marlies will get their shot with the Maple Leafs next season. (The Sin Bin)

• Shootouts were ousted from NCAA hockey not long ago. Now, not long after that happened, they’re back. (College Hockey News)

• Flush with goaltenders in the system, Anthony Stolarz could be the man with the short straw this coming year. (Sons of Penn)

Torey Krug. Should the Boston Bruins trade their defenseman or keep him? (The Puck Authority)

• Notorious former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington is launching a pot company. (CBC.ca)

• Here’s what’s behind the uncertain future of Canes play-by-play radio announcer Chuck Kaiton. (The News & Observer)

• And for those who’ve had enough of reading and want to see how hitting is changing in NHL 19, a gift:


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