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• NHL.com breaks down the Top 20 defensemen in the NHL right now. (NHL.com)
• The Hockey News projects ahead to who the Canucks will protect come the 2021 expansion draft. (The Hockey News)
• The fact that the Canucks are extending Jim Benning shows that they believe in his plan. (Sportsnet)
• How can every team’s jersey be improved? (Puck Prose)
• Can Evan Bouchard crack the Oilers’ defense this year? (Edmonton Journal)
• Charlie McAvoy continued developing during a big 2018-19 season. (Stanley Cup Chowder)
• How much can the Predators expect from Dante Fabbro? (Predlines)
• Here’s a list of forwards the Vegas Golden Knights could opt to sign late in the summer. (SinBin.Vegas)
• What would the Penguins front office look like without Bill Guerin? (Pensburgh)
• ProHockeyTalk’s 2019 NHL free agency tracker
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule
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