PHT Morning Skate: NHL Draft Lottery dreams; Mogilny the trailblazer

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• What’s next for the Red Wings should they not win Friday’s NHL Draft Lottery (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN) while holding the best odds? [Winging it in Motown]

• With good odds to grab two of the top picks, the draft lottery will be pivotal for the future of the Senators. [TSN]

• A look at how the lottery has changed over the years. [Sportsnet]

• Vancouver is out as a possible NHL hub city. [Province]

• How a flat salary could could affect this year’s free agent class. [Spector’s Hockey]

• Amid all the arena drama with the Islanders regarding the recent Nassau Coliseum news, Nassau County Executive Lauren Curran said this week: “I do know that the next time that the Islanders play in New York it will be in Nassau County.” [Islanders Insight]

• One day Alex Mogilny will get into the Hall of Fame. His role as a trailblazer is part of his impressive resume. [The Hockey News]

• If an extension doesn’t work out with the Canucks, what other NHL teams might be interested in Jacob Markstrom‘s services? [Canucks Army]

• How to improve the player rating system for future editions of the EA Sports NHL franchise. [The Point]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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