After adding a nice set of assets at the trade deadline, the Vancouver Canucks continued to look to the future by signing defensive prospect Jalen Chatfield to a three-year entry-level contract on Monday.
The 20-year-old hasn’t generated eye-popping scoring numbers with the Windsor Spitfires, but it sounds like his versatility swayed the Canucks.
“Jalen is a good two-way defenseman that sees the ice well and makes good decisions in all three zones,” GM Jim Benning said. “He moves the puck well and can join the rush. Jalen is another addition to our young prospect pool and we look forward to his continued development playing in Windsor.”
You can never have too many quality puck-movers, so if it’s true that Chatfield can help Vancouver’s transition game, then that could be a nice get (however long he might take to actually develop).
despite some mediocre off numbers, canucks most wanted chatfield bec of his transition game. believe 2-3 other teams were in on him
As an undrafted free agent, Chatfield seems to realize that he might not enjoy the most “direct” path to actually making an NHL impact. He noted as much to the Windsor Star back in 2016 before he attended the Buffalo Sabres’ prospect camp.
“You try to make the league any way you can, whether it’s the first round, the second round or as a free agent,” Chatfield said. “Everybody gets there some way.”
Instead of crushing their playoff hopes, a nine-game road trip served as a useful test for the New York Islanders.
While they probably deserve a B more than an A+ (5-3-1 during that span), it’s another example of this team really excelling under Doug Weight. Now they get to host a team Weight won a Stanley Cup with in the Carolina Hurricanes on NBCSN tonight.
This begins a back-to-back set between the two teams. While the Hurricanes aren’t quite where they want to be, there are signs of a possible breakthrough coming in the future, so look out for young talents like Sebastian Aho as they face John Tavares & Co.
Lucas Wallmark also looks to debut for Carolina tonight:
Is Thursday becoming the night of mixed blessings?
OK, two instances – one that can still go the other way – fail to really make a “pattern,” but the Calgary Flames are feeling the Tampa Bay Lightning’s pain right now.
While the Bolts lost three forwards to injury in cruising to a win against the Minnesota Wild, the Flames are likely less focused on their 4-0 lead against the Montreal Canadiens than they are two worrisome issues for their defensemen.
Dougie Hamilton‘s night has already been confirmed to be finished thanks to an awkward-looking lower-body injury from the second period. Recent trade acquisition Michael Stone took a very labored exit from the ice during the final frame, however, giving the impression that he might have suffered a shoulder/upper-body injury.
The Flames lead 4-0 as of this writing, but even if they manage to win, this could be a costly game for Calgary. Montreal might not feel a ton of sympathy after Carey Price missed the game thanks to flu symptoms.
Update: Calgary won 5-0, extending its winning streak to eight games and putting the Flames a stride or two behind the races for second and third in the Pacific.
#Flames win 5-0, tie longest win streak in 37 years since moving north from Atlanta.
With players suffering injuries and coaches getting angry, Thursday night might need a little comic relief.
Consider this a combo boost of amusing moments, though your mileage may vary with Ryan Getzlaf‘s mini-bout with Richard Panik. The Ducks ended up shutting out the Blackhawks thanks to a strong performance by Jonathan Bernier.
You can watch that fight in the video above, while Alex Galchenyuk‘s stick got caught in Matthew Tkachuk‘s helmet/visor from what’s so far been a blowout game for the Flames against the Canadiens:
It’s one thing for Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault to deem the 3-3 goal from Thursday’s game against the Hurricanes as “the wrong call” (which he did). Eyebrows might raise due to the way he said it, though.
The 3-3 goal was the first of two third-period power-play goals for Sebastian Aho, who’s become quite the story in hitting 20 goals as a rookie. The league’s Situation Room blog provided the following explanation of a goal you can see below:
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.
(Bolded by the league.)
The league explanation was short on details, while Vigneault got more specific with his gripes:
AV: "and there’s contact that lifts his mask. Then they told us that Antti’s feet were in the blue, but his head was outside the blue…".