PHT Morning Skate: Surprises and disappointments; Stars’ playoff hopes

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• Who will be the first overall pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft? Well, it’s a battle at the top between Kaapo Kakko and Jack Hughes. (TSN)

Mitch Marner is one of those players that brings some skill to the penalty kill. (Rotoworld)

• Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire breaks down some of the overachievers and underachievers of the 2018-19 season. (Sportsnet)

Viktor Arvidsson isn’t the biggest name in hockey circles, but he’s quietly put up a really strong offensive season. (NHL)

• PHT’s Adam Gretz provides us with a list of the biggest surprises and disappointments of the season. (MSN)

• Gretz continues with a terrific piece on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ good and bad qualities. (Pensburgh)

• Can the Dallas Stars make some noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? (Dallas Morning News)

Tyler Seguin has picked up his game since being called out by Jim Lites a few months ago, but Jamie Benn still isn’t himself. (The Hockey News)

Jordan Binnington is one of the big reasons why the St. Louis Blues are one of the teams to watch heading into the playoffs. (Goal Horn)

Ryan Strome has fit in nicely with the New York Rangers (Puck 77)

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

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