Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while praying for everybody impacted by the tragic church shooting in Texas. When will our leaders step up and do something to help change the direction we’re headed in as a society?
*Former Islanders first round pick Mat Barzal came through with an amazing game for the New York Islanders with five assists in their win, and then did the in-arena interview after the game. If Barzal’s name sounds familiar that’s because he was one of the players passed over when the Bruins drafted Zach Senyshyn with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, along with Travis Konecny, Colin White and Kyle Connor. Hindsight is always 20/20 with this stuff, but couldn’t the Bruins use a young center prospect capable of racking up a five assist game given that they have Riley Nash, Jordan Szwarz and Sean Kuraly currently lined up center behind Patrice Bergeron due to all of their injuries down the middle. Barzal was always the most common name you heard about another player the Bruins could have taken in that spot, and he’s certainly won the battle of getting to the NHL and making a huge impact ahead of Senyshyn. Clearly Senyshyn could still become a very impactful player for the Bruins organization, but he’s started his pro career inauspiciously with two goals in his first 10 games for the P-Bruins.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Matt Duchene reacting to being traded to the Senators, and the “learning experience” he had in Colorado over the last couple of years. There’s also a breakdown of the Duchene trade from a Colorado perspective from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater.
*The Vancouver media contingent is pretty complimentary toward former Bruins forward Travis Green during the early going for the Canucks.
*It’s been a rough two weeks for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who continue to look like they’ve got some serious defensive deficiencies despite their great young talent up front.
*Speaking of struggling, the Oilers are hurting as well with a truly dreadful start to their season. Looking to do something, Kailer Yamamoto has been returned to juniors and the Oil have decided to bring in old friend Chris Kelly for a reunion with Peter Chiarelli. We all knew that was going to happen at some point, right?
*For something completely different: The DC Universe has their Billy Batson for the new Shazam movie, and predictably it’s somebody I’ve never heard of.