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Kraken Place Justin Schultz on IR, Call-Up Max McCormick

The Seattle Kraken have announced that they have placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve, and have called-up Max McCormick from Coachella Valley. Schultz lasted played in Seattle's game against the Edmonton Oilers on January 17th, where he logged just over ten minutes of ice-time. Schultz was ruled out and was considered week-to-week, but has since been upgraded to injured reserve. The veteran d-man has been quite solid this season recording a total of five goals and 19 assists in 42 games, while averaging about 18 minutes per game. The Kraken have called-up Max McCormick who has played in 38 AHL games with Coachella, notching 18 goals and 24 assists. Furthermore, the Kraken are also without Matty Beniers (upper-body), Chris Driedger (knee), Joonas Donskoi (upper-body), and Jaden Schwartz (undisclosed). Seattle currently sits among the top of the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be a surprise if GM Ron Francis pulls a string and makes a move.

Leafs' Place Dryden Hunt on Waivers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have placed forward Dryden Hunt on waivers today. Hunt has played in nine games this season for the Maple Leafs after being traded from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Denis Malgin. Hunt has struggled to remain in the Leafs' lineup throughout his short stint. The British Columbia native has suited up for nine games for Toronto, recording a single goal. Last year, Hunt was a solid fourth-line energy player, scoring 17 points in 76 games.   Hunt has minimal effect on the cap hit as he is in the second year of a two-year deal with a $762,500 cap hit.

Sens' Assign Jacob Bernard-Docker to Belleville (AHL)

The Ottawa Senators have announced that they have sent down 22-year-old, defensive prospect, Jacob Bernard-Docker down to Belleville of the American Hockey League.  The former first-round selection of the Sens back in the 2018 NHL Draft, has seen a considerable amount of ice-time this season playing alongside Thomas Chabot. The defensemen has played in a total of 17 games this season with the Sens, notching just a single assist. Bernard-Docker is among the top prospects within the Ottawa organization and has played in a career 26 NHL games. It is likely that the Sens' call the youngster back up prior to their upcoming game on Wednesday, due to the injuries to Artem Zub and Nikita Zaitsev.

NHL News: Nick Robertson Deserves to be in the Lineup, Flyers Prospect Dominates KHL, Juraj Slafkovsky to AHL?

The NHL is in full-flight! Here are the top updates and notable information within the National Hockey League: Leafs' Nick Robertson Deserves to be in the Lineup For a long time within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, it was clear that many thought that Nick Robertson was a superstar in the making. Unlike Nick's brother Jason, the younger Robertson brother has yet to admit himself to a full-time roster spot. The Leafs' youngster has only played one single game since November 12th, despite being fully healthy. Leafs' coach Sheldon Keefe has announced that Robertson will slot in for Denis Malgin against the San Jose Sharks tomorrow. Robertson has been practicing on the fourth line along with David Kampf and Zach Aston-Reese. Robertson will look to add an  offensive threat to the Leafs' lineup. The 21-year-old's game revolves around his agility and skating ability, and Robertson has a knack for scoring goals. So far this season, the rookie has suited up for

FOUR NHL Prospects That Have Started the Season Off Slow (TOR, PHI, BOS, EDM)

Prospecting is one of most important aspects within an NHL organization. The ability to properly scout and predict a teenager's future can furthermore drive a club ahead of the pack. Here are four prospects that have started the season off slow, but have the potential to become future NHL veterans: Topi Niemela, Karpat Liiga (Toronto Maple Leafs) It is quite clear this season that Topi Niemela is not at the same offensive pace as his prior season in the Finnish Liiga. Although this is not necessarily a worry for the Leafs' organization, Niemela has shown the ability to be defensively sound while playing a top role on his team.   The Finnish Liiga is noted as a defensive-minded league with frequent low-scoring games. For example, Niemela's team, Karpat, sits fifth in the league, despite having only scored an average of two goals per game. So far this season, Niemela has recorded four goals and three assists in 25 games.   Last season, Niemela broke out offensively during

FOUR NHL Prospects that are Dominating the AHL This Season - (BOS, SEA, COL, PHI)

The American Hockey League is known as the second-tier professional hockey league in the entire world. The league filters some of the top prospects and the most elite hockey players on this planet. Here are five NHL prospects that have been dominating the AHL this season: Fabian Lysell - Providence Bruins (Boston) Do the Boston Bruins need more positivity? Well, there most recent first-round draft pick, Fabian Lysell is dominating the AHL. Lysell was touted as one of the premier prospects during the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, before dropping to the 21st overall selection. Sweden, pff! Ever since coming to North American, Lysell has refocused his game back to the elite, scoring abilities we saw when he was a teenager. For example, last season with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. Lysell was the team leader in points and assists, the Swede recorded 40 apples, along with 62 points in 53 games. The Boston Bruins are tremendously proud with the development of Lysell over the past few seasons. Bo

Q/A w/ Leafs' Goaltending Prospect: Dennis Hildeby (2022 NHL Draft Pick)

Dennis Hildeby was the Toronto Maple Leafs' third-selection during the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The Swedish netminder was selected with the 122nd overall pick, after a tremendous rookie season in the SHL (Swedish Hockey League).  Hildeby is currently serving as the backup goaltender for Farjestad BK, and has put up tremendous numbers as a 21-year-old. So far this season, the Leafs' pick has suited up for six games. Hildeby holds a 3-3-0 record along with a .914 save percentage and a 2.46 GAA. The now Leafs prospect was selected as an overager during the past NHL Draft. Hildeby is a monster in net standing at about 6-foot-6-inches, who has terrific numbers at the pro level in Sweden. Q/A Q :  Who was/is your favourite hockey team? A: Farjestad BK and the Toronto Maple Leafs Q: Favourite hockey memory? A: Winning the SHL championship in Sweden Q :  Person that you look up to? A: Lionel Messi and a bunch of others, that I have either played with or met along the way Q :  Favourite ho

Leafs Injuries: T.J. Brodie Placed on Injured Reserve, Jake Muzzin Out on LTIR

The Toronto Maple Leafs are once again contenders within the National Hockey League. Injuries can have a significant impact on a team for a short to long period of time across the league.For the Leafs, they will be without two of their top-four defensemen, Jake Muzzin and T.J. Brodie.  Let's start with Jake Muzzin. The 33-year-old entered the season in his fifth year with the Leafs; the long-time veteran is most notably known for his rugged defensive play. Muzzin suited up for just four games before leaving a game against the Arizona Coyotes with an injury.   During Toronto's loss to the Coyotes on October 17th, Muzzin collided with Coyotes star Clayton Keller. In the play, it is deemed that Muzzin suffered a severe spine injury and has yet to return.   The Leafs have assigned the left-handed defensemen because it is unknown whether Muzzin will return this season, if at all. Muzzin is currently listed as being out indefinitely and will be re-evaluated by the team no earlie

The Future: Plenty of Avs' Prospects Start the Season off Strong

The prospect system for the Colorado Avalanche can be characterized as limited. The defending NHL champions have exchanged some of their best prospects for seasoned players who have helped them win a championship. Despite this, there are still a lot of young players in the system who are dominating their respective leagues. The top Avalanche prospects who are making waves this season are listed below: Nikolai Kovalenko - Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) To start, American-Russian forward, Nikolai Kovalenko has been tearing up the KHL this season. Since his previous season, the 23-year-offensive old's production has increased, and in 15 games, he has six goals and nine points. Kovalenko, who was appointed assistant captain of his Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo team, is one of the team's leading point scorers. Kovalenko, a sixth-round selection in 2018, was never given an entry-level contract, but there is a good chance the winger will try to land an NHL job after his KHL contract expires

Should the Toronto Maple Leafs look into Acquiring Goaltending Depth?

With a 4-4-1 record, the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently positioned close to the bottom of the Atlantic Division. The team hasn't been playing to its potential, but is goaltending to blame? Ilya Samsonov has been outstanding so far this season, but can Erik Kallgren hold things down until Matt Murray is back to full strength? Will Murray be able to deliver when ready? For one, goaltending is a mystery, you never know if an injured goaltender will come back stronger or regress. Should the Maple Leafs search for depth goalies? Certainly! Let's face it, Erik Kallgren is not up to NHL standards, and it is unclear when and even if Murray will play well upon his return. A team can never have enough depth at the goaltending position! Erik Kallgren Erik Kallgren's struggles this season in the AHL and NHL are quite apparent. The 26-year-old goaltender made one start for the Toronto Marlies to begin the season. With only 28 minutes of action before being removed due to a minor inju

The Future: Plenty of Habs' Prospects Start the Season off Strong

One of the greatest prospect pools in the National Hockey League belongs to the Montreal Canadiens. Many of the Habs' prospects have had strong starts to the season thus far. For a squad that is partially rebuilding or retooling, this is crucial. The following prospects have had promising starts in their respective leagues: Joshua Roy - Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL The standout Canadian from the 2021 World Juniors was chosen in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft. Roy is regarded as one of the National Hockey League's most underappreciated prospects. In the QMJHL, Roy ranks high in both points and assists. After a good WJC tournament and preceding season, the 19-year-old started his fourth junior campaign. The winger has six goals and 13 assists in 11 games this year. JOSHUA ROY PUTS CANADA ON THE BOARD! #WorldJuniors — TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 21, 2022 Riley Kidney - Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL Another QMJHL standout who plays for the Montreal Canadi

Sean Monahan is Thriving with the Montreal Canadiens (Kent Hughes W)

Former Calgary Flames forward, Sean Monahan has been an intriguing player within the National Hockey League, over the course of the past few seasons. The once dominant 80 point scorer, saw a regression in points totals within the past three seasons.  The $6,375,000 man entered the 2022-23 season in his final year of a massive contract worth $44,625,000 over the course of seven years. Poor performance eventually led the Calgary Flames to trade Monahan, along with a conditional first-round pick, to Montreal for future considerations. With the Montreal Canadiens, Monahan has since seen a boost in offensive production and ice-time. The 28-year-old centermen has been one of the best forwards within the Habs' lineup this season.  Monahan has been paired on the top line, alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. The Brampton native, has suited up for all seven games this season, recording two goals and three assists over the span. Monahan also leads all Habs' forwards with a faceoff pe

Is it time to Move On from Ryan Merkley?

Ryan Merkley has been an intriguing prospect for numerous of years. The highly-skilled, offensive defensemen has been known to carry elite offensive ability, but struggles to play a consistent defensive game. Merkley, now 22-years-old, is currently with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL. The defensemen has yet to put up a high-point season since his junior days. Does the good outweigh the bad? For Merkley, it is certain that his offensive skill and puck handling ability is certainly of NHL level. But does the offense makeup for his poor defensive efforts? The Sharks sent Merkley down to the AHL this training camp, after the righty was a mainstay in the NHL lineup last season. The offensive defensemen suited up for 39 NHL games last season, playing a consistent role on the third-line, and leading the second power play unit. Merkley was able to notch his first NHL goal, against the Buffalo Sabres, while also recorded six assists during his stint. It is quite present that Merkley has look

Murray's Injury Opens the Door for Ilya Samsonov (Murray to LTIR)

It is noted that goaltender, Matt Murray will be out at least four weeks, with an adductor injury. Murray was placed on LTIR, and the Leafs have called-up Erik Kallgren from the AHL. The Leafs started the season, without a clear cut #1 goaltender, but now it's Samsonov's time to shine. Samsonov entered opening night serving as the backup goaltender, to Matt Murray. Throughout, preseason the Russian netminder, was solid, but showed glimpses of poor execution and errors. It is expected that Samsonov will play the brink of the games, as it is rumored that Erik Kallgren was dealing with a minor-injury. Kallgren was injured during his season opener with the Toronto Marlies during the second period, he did not return. Throughout two starts this season, Samsonov has been solid between the pipes. The 25-year-old, has a 2-0-0 record, a .926 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against-average.

NHL Updates: Can Caufield Hit 50 Goals? Makar Dazzles Again + Elmer Soderblom to Debut (MTL, COL, DET)

The NHL season is underway! After the conclusion of the first day of the National Hockey League season, here are some of the top updates for around the league: Can Cole Caufield Hit 50 Goals? Cole Caufield was arguably the best player on the ice for the Montreal Canadiens, during their opening night victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Caufield tallied two goals, playing 18:18, along with five shots on goal. Firstly, the youngster got on the board early in the second period. Approximately, 33 seconds in Caufield joined teammate Nick Suzuki on a two-on-one. Suzuki threaded the needle to Caufield, who roofed the puck by the goaltender. Caufield's goal tied the game at one a piece. Secondly, Caufield's second goal came at the near end of the second period, when he straight out beat Leafs' goaltender Matt Murray. Caufield entered the offensive zone with full composure of the puck and roofed a wrist shot, above the glove of Murray. To sum up, there is definitely a good chanc

The Key Positives from the Toronto-Montreal Game - 10/12/22

Game 1. The Leafs head over to Montreal, to battle a familiar fole, the Montreal Canadiens. Both teams are coming into the season with seasoned expectations, in the hopes of having a successful season. Leafs  Lines : F:  Michael Bunting - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner William Nylander - John Tavares - Denis Malgin Pierre Engvall - Alex Kerfoot - Calle Jarnkrok Zach Aston-Reese - David Kampf - Nicolas Aube-Kubel D: Rielly-Brodie Muzzin-Holl Giordano-Sandin G: Matt Murray Ilya Samsonov Habs  Lines : F:  Cole Caufield - Nick Suzuki - Josh Anderson Sean Monahan - Kirby Dach - Mike Hoffman Juraj Slafkovsky - Christian Dvorak - Brendan Gallagher Rem Pitlick - Jake Evans - Evgenii Dadonov D: Guhle - Savard Xhekaj - Wideman Harris - Kovacevic G: Jake Allen Samuel Montembeault Tavares to Play Captain, John Tavares is back! The Leafs have announced that it is extremely likely that the all-star forward will suit up for the season opener.  Originally, it was expected that Tavares would miss the b

The Key Notes from Boston's Game vs WSH (10/12/22)

Game 1. The Bruins head over to the nation's capital, to battle with the 2018 Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals. Both teams are coming into the season with seasoned expectations, and on the brink of a Stanley Cup window. Lines : F:  Patrice Bergeron - Taylor Hall - Jake DeBrusk  Pavel Zacha - David Krejci - David Pastrnak Greer - Coyle - Smith Foligno - Nosek - Lauko D: Lindholm-Carlo Reilly-Clifton Forbort-Zboril G: Linus Ullmark Jeremy Swayman Pre-Game Notes : Linus Ullmark earns first start of the year Jeremy Swayman expected to start Saturday, vs Yotes Jakub Lauko suits up for first NHL game Bruins Pounce Early Good ole' Patrice Bergeron, scores again. The Bruins captain potted in his first goal of the season on the power play. Bergeron was found himself in his usual bumper position, picked up a rebound and potted the puck in. Bergeron was assisted by both David Krejci and David Pastrnak. Just eight minutes later in the first period, Pastrnak would tally his fi

NHL Rumors: Bruins Ink Anton Stralman, John Tavares to Play, Don't expect Shane Wright to excel

Opening night is tonight, the National Hockey League season is finally with us! With the upcoming season, here are some notes to know prior the start: Bruins Ink Anton Stralman from PTO The Boston Bruins have announced that they have signed defensemen, Anton Stralman to a one-year contract today. The deal is set to be worth $1,000,000, after the Swedish player joined the B's on a professional tryout. Stralman will play a key role within the Bruins organization, as the Bruins start the year without star, Charlie McAvoy. Stralman was pleasant throughout preseason with the Bruins, providing a sense of confidence, and defensive excellence. It isn't expected of Stralman to play high-end minutes with the team, but he is a player worthy of playing bottom, shut-down minutes. Last season, Stralman played as a member of the Arizona Coyotes. The veteran d-man played in 74 games, scoring twice and assisting 15 times. It is unlikely that Stralman suits up in Boston's opener tomorrow, bu

NHL Rumors: Don't expect Slafkovsky to Excel + Detroit Looks to Turn Heads this Season (Habs, Red Wings)

The official start to the National Hockey League is tomorrow. With the upcoming season, here are some notes to know prior the start: Don't expect Slafkovsky to Excel It's plain and simple, Juraj Slafkovsky's preseason was kind of disappointing. " I thought his two exhibition games were a little underwhelming for him, but the two rookie games in Buffalo, he was great ", said GM Kent Hughes. But as fans we got to recognize that ever prospect has a different development plan. And for Slafkovsky he is set to start the season playing in Montreal. The Slovakian forward came off an impressive showing at the Buffalo Sabres Prospect Showcase, where Slafkovsky proved to the front office that he is well past the junior level. But at NHL training camp it was questionable if Slafkovsky would make the NHL roster. For example, the forward played in four preseason games and only recorded one lone assist. It is also worthy to note the role that the winger was playing was top-six m

The Key Positives from the Toronto-Detroit Preseason Game - 10/07/22

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Detroit Red Wings, at Little Caesars Arena. Both teams are in the midst of their preseason, and will look to make key cuts in-order to shape their rosters for opening night, later this month. Rosters : TOR: Sandin, Abruzzese, Gaudette, Malgin, Kokkonen, Robertson, Kral, Steeves, Shaw, Rifai, Holmberg, Ellis, Holmberg, Der-Arguchintsev, Hollowell, Clifford, Villeneuve, McMann, Simmonds, Samsonov DET: Bertuzzi, Larkin, Seider, Raymond, Rasmussen, Edvinsson, Soderblom, Chiarot, Hronek, Erne, Vrana, Perron, Suter, Maatta, Zadina, Veleno, Lindstrom, Kubalik Leafs Strike Early Likewise once again, Toronto's depth has found their way on to the scoresheet. Nick Abruzzese snipped home the first of the game past Detroit's Alex Nedeljkovic. Adam Gaudette flew around the perimeter of the offensive zone, setting up Abruzzese in the slot. Defensemen, Mikko Kokkonen also recorded an assist on the play. Just less