PHT Morning Skate: Eichel’s M.V.P. case; Stars have flaws

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• Putting an end to the Ilya Kovalchuk era was an important step for the Los Angeles Kings. (The Hockey News)

• Team Canada forward Dylan Cozens is about to put Yukon on the hockey map. (TSN)

• ESPN breaks down the biggest pretenders in the NHL and which ones are sleeping giants. (ESPN)

Jack Eichel is a heart-and-soul player who is building his case to be M.V.P. (Sportsnet)

• The Dallas Stars still have some serious flaws. (Defending Big D)

• What have the San Jose Sharks being doing differently under interim head coach Bob Boughner? (Fear the Fin)

• The rest of this month will tell us everything we need to know about the Predators. (Predlines)

• He’s played in just one game for his new team, but Taylor Hall has already made an impact for Arizona. (Arizona Republic)

Oskar Lindblom‘s smile gives the Flyers reason to smile. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

• Should the Penguins have paid the price for Taylor Hall? (Pensburgh)

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