PHT Morning Skate: Grading Bergevin’s offseason; Who has best defense in Metropolitan Division?

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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.

• Are you interested in learning a little bit more about analytics in hockey? Stanley Cup of Chowder is beginning an 18-part series on that topic starting today. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

• How did Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin do this off-season? The Hockey Writers provides grades for all the major moves he made over the summer. (The Hockey Writers)

• Devils forward Nico Hischier did a pretty good job of drawing penalties vs. taking penalties. How did the rest of his teammates do last season? (All About the Jersey)

• ‘Canes Country makes a case for the Carolina Hurricanes having the best blue line in the Metropolitan Division. (Canes Country)

• Pension Plan Puppets looks at a mystery AHL signing that might be good enough to contribute at the NHL level in Toronto this season. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Nate Schmidt‘s 20-game suspension may have opened the door for young defenseman Erik Brannstrom. (SinBin.Vegas)

• The Calgary Flames added Elias Lindholm, Derek Ryan, Austin Czarnik and James Neal to their forward group this summer, so Flames Nation takes a look at how the new guys may all be utilized by head coach Bill Peters this season. (Flames Nation)

• Where does Oilers goalie Cam Talbot need to improve most? Tyler Yaremchuk breaks it all down with some interesting advanced stats and graphics. (Oilers Nation)

• Former NHLer Curtis Brown and his wife are helping families that have lost a child. The couple lost a child of their own a few years ago, so they know exactly what these families are going through. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• The Hockey News breaks down every team’s realistic Calder Trophy candidates for the 2018-19 NHL season. (The Hockey News)

• Did you miss Rotoworld Hockey’s six-part preview for the upcoming campaign? You can check out Part six and all the other parts right here. (Rotoworld)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.