Crosby, Getzlaf and Stamkos MVP favorites, says oddsmaker


Online oddsmaker Bovada has unveiled its list of odds for this season’s NHL awards, with Sidney Crosby favored to take home his second consecutive Hart Trophy.

Crosby tops the MVP odds list at 7/4, followed by Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, who are both at 6/1.

The full list:

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                        7/4         (+175)

Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)                         6/1         (+600)

Steven Stamkos (TB)                      6/1         (+600)

John Tavares (NYI)                          8/1         (+800)

Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                    12/1       (+1200)

Claude Giroux (PHI)                        15/1       (+1500)

Tyler Seguin (DAL)                          15/1       (+1500)

Evgeni Malkin (PIT)                         15/1       (+1500)

Jonathan Toews (CHI)                    16/1       (+1600)

Anze Kopitar (LA)                            18/1       (+1800)

Corey Perry (ANA)                          20/1       (+2000)

Patrick Kane (CHI)                           20/1       (+2000)

Jamie Benn (DAL)                            35/1       (+3500)

Tuukka Rask (BOS)                          35/1       (+3500)

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)                 40/1       (+4000)

Johnathan Quick (LA)                     50/1       (+5000)

Carey Price (MON)                          50/1       (+5000)

Erik Karlsson (OTT)                          50/1       (+5000)

Nathan MacKinnon (COL)             50/1       (+5000)

In terms of a value pick, or picks, Giroux and Seguin at 15/1 seems enticing. Let’s be honest, the Hart Trophy voting is almost always tied to point production and both of them averaged 1.05 per game last season.

As for other awards and potential value picks:

— You can get also Seguin to win the Art Ross at 20/1, behind the likes of Crosby (1/1), Stamkos (3/1), Ovechkin (17/2), Tavares and Malkin (10/1) and Giroux (15/1). Not sure if Bovada overlooked this, but Seguin finished fourth in the NHL in scoring last year and was three points back of Getzlaf for No. 2 on the list.

— Drew Doughty at 9/1 for the Norris, behind Erik Karlsson (4/1), Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara (11/2), Duncan Keith (6/1) and P.K. Subban (8/1).

— Pekka Rinne at 12/1 for the Vezina. He’s a two-time finalist and plays a ton… now all he needs to do is stay healthy. Sergei Bobrovsky at 15/1 also seems like a decent value bet because, y’know, he won it two years ago.

— Leon Draisaitl currently sits at 7/1 for the Calder. Consider his situation: Edmonton has so little depth at center he could be the No. 2 guy down the middle and end up with the likes of David Perron, Benoit Pouliot, Nail Yakupov and/or Teddy Purcell on his wings.

PHT Morning Skate: D2: Mighty Ducks cast brings back Flying V


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The cast of D2: The Mighty Ducks had a reunion, so naturally they assembled the Flying V. (

Greg Chase was in disbelief when he found out that he was put on a line with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Sunday’s preseason game. (Calgary Sun)

Mike Cammalleri has traditionally worn No. 13, but the New Jersey Devils have never had anyone wear the unlucky number. They gave him No. 23 instead. (Star-Ledger)

Although the Philadelphia Flyers will try, Claude Giroux doesn’t think anyone can replace Kimmo Timonen. (

Jarome Iginla appears to have been made an assistant captain. (Adrian Dater)

Montreal Canadiens prospect Nikita Scherbak is making a great first impression. (Montreal Gazette)

Injuries piling up as preseason schedule begins


Sunday marks the beginning of the 2014-15 preseason schedule with seven teams participating in five games. Many of the league’s other teams will participate in scrimmages throughout the day.

However, just three days after camps began, injuries are piling up.

(Note: This post will be updated a few times on Sunday.)

Here is a list of players, who are currently sidelined:

Many of the injuries are day-to-day situations or precautionary. Should today be Day 1 of the regular season most of the aforementioned players would likely be taking part in game action. That said, these injuries could linger and become nagging situations as the season continues. Now you know where they originated.

Flyers’ Laughton likely headed to Lehigh Valley


Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect Scott Laughton is likely headed for the American Hockey League when camp concludes and he’s OK with that.

Laughton, 20, was selected 20th overall by the Flyers in 2012 and after four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League is set to begin his professional career this season.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound center was finding the silver lining Saturday when talking about the possibility of starting the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

“I know (Claude) Giroux went down there too,” Laughton told CSN Philly’s Sarah Baicker. “He’s one of the best players in the world, so if he can do it, I think anyone can.”

Laughton, who played six games with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate in 2013, won’t count his training camp as a disappointment.

“I don’t really look at it like that,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of good players here. Hopefully I get in a couple exhibition games, I don’t know what’s going to happen yet, but hopefully I can show what I can do there and then we’ll see what happens.”

Laughton could get an extended look during the preseason as Giroux is expected to miss two weeks with a lower body injury.

“It’s up to them at this point,” Laughton said. “Wherever they think is the best fit for me right now, I’ll be willing to do. We’ll see what they think up there, and we’ll go from there.”

Laughton’s three-year, $3.4 million entry-level contract doesn’t kick in until this season, which means the Flyers have plenty of time to give him a year of seasoning in the AHL before deciding whether he’s ready to make the leap to the NHL full-time in 2015-16. It’s a good problem for general manager Ron Hextall to have especially given the team’s depth at center.

Related: Schenn moves to center in Philadelphia

Schenn moves to center in Philadelphia


The Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t the only team with issues at center.

With captain and top center Claude Giroux sidelined for two weeks with a lower body injury, the Philadelphia Flyers have moved forward Brayden Schenn from the wing to the middle on the team’s top line.

“I’ve got to be ready for whatever is thrown at me,” Schenn told CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio. “I’m a versatile guy who can play center or wing and I feel comfortable at both. I’ve had enough reps and games at left wing and I’ve played center my whole career.”

Additionally, forward Michael Raffl has moved up to the team’s top line at training camp.

As coach Craig Berube’s line juggling continued, R.J. Umberger moved to left wing on Vincent Lecavalier’s unit with Jason Akeson.

“I got to look at Akeson with Lecavalier which is always of interest to me to see because (Akeson) passes the puck well and Vinny is a finisher,” Berube said. “It’s good that Schenner gets reps in the middle, too, because there’s a good chance he’ll play center at some point.”

Schenn is no stranger to playing the center ice position; he spent parts of last season in the middle when he wasn’t playing alongside Lecavalier, but linemate Jakub Voracek  knows there’s no replacing Giroux.

“They are different players,” Voracek said. “Schenner is a power forward and G (Giroux) is a guy who makes everything happen on the ice. Schenner is a smart kid. He sees the ice well, he has a great shot and he understands the players he is with.

“We’ve just got to click. I don’t know how the lineup is going to be for the next, few games or on opening night. But we’re professionals and we have to find a way.”

Training camp and preseason are a time for coaches to juggle, mix-and-match and see what he has in terms of chemistry. Schenn certainly isn’t going to be the team’s top line center when Giroux returns, but should the Flyers be in a situation, which requires line juggling down the road, Berube will know how Schenn fits in on the top line.