NHL Daily: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Philip Larsen left Tuesday night’s game on a stretcher following a hit from Devils forward Taylor Hall, 2017 NHL Draft class shaping up to be rather lackluster, New York Rangers snubbed in the Fandom250 countdown, and more! (Daily Headlines)
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Vancouver Canucks defensemen Philip Larsen left Tuesday night’s match-up on a stretcher following a hit from New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall. We never like to see guys goes down like this, but it’s worth noting that several experts have already weighed in calling it a clean hit. Latest updates say Larsen is being released from hospital, we wish him a quick and speedy recovery. [CBC]
Kevin McGran over at The Star talks about the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft. He discusses the lackluster amount of talent at the top of the draft. To a degree, he’s correct as Nolan Patrick has drawn 1st overall talent comparisons to that of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. That being said, this year’s class is still supposed to have a bit of depth through the first 2-3 rounds. [The Star]
Pain Coming for Colorado
Mark Kinz over at Mile High Sticking sees pain coming for the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, he walks fans through the Maple Leafs situation that led to their recent rebuild and proposes the question, “is Matt Duchene our Dion Phaneuf?”. [Mile High Sticking]
NHL Headquarters Moving
The National Hockey League has plans to move its main headquarters to a new location in New York City. They’ve leased five floors of a new skyscraper being developed in Manhattan, which is expected to be completed in 2019. [CTV News]
Can Wild Win it All?
Danny Lambert over at Gone Puck Wild wonders if Minnesota can win it all with solid defense and goaltending. The Wild are struggling to score goals/find their offense, but with the way Devan Dubnyk and Ryan Suter have performed, they’re not conceding many either. [Gone Puck Wild]
To answer Mr. Lambert’s question. No, the Minnesota Wild cannot win on solely defense and goaltending. That being said, the Wild aren’t far off from being a legitimate Cup contender. The problem isn’t so much in that top six forward group. Believe it or not, Eric Staal has helped round that group out quite nicely. Sure, fans would love to see them score a few more goals, but that should come together over time.
The real issue is a lack of secondary scoring. Minnesota might be wise to give a few guys down in Iowa a look. Teemu Pulkinnen couldn’t get it done early on with the Wild, but has since lit it up down in the minors. He may deserve another look. Although, they’d be much better suited to call upon Alex Tuch and Mario Lucia. Tuch can offer an offensive spark, while Lucia is more of a power forward that can contribute a bit.
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