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Matthews, Nylander and others dazzle at development camps

2016 NHL Draft - Portraits

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Auston Matthews poses for a portrait after being selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in round one during the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)

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This is a weekend of sobering realities for hockey fans.

For one thing, Friday cemented the realization that Pavel Datsyuk really isn’t coming back. Also, a week removed from the free agent frenzy, big moves are going from a deluge to more of a drip.

It all hammers home the point that it will be a while before we get to watch high-level hockey again. The dog days of summer are approaching.

Still, there are still hockey-related events to keep us entertained, and prospects are amassing for scrimmages/development camps during this weekend.

With that in mind, why not fill that hockey void with some highlights?

Sportsnet isolates a crowd-pleasing moment from Auston Matthews, but in case you want more - of both Matthews and Maple Leafs prospects in general - here are two days’ worth of highlights.

Matthews in a Maple Leafs sweater is a big deal, but it wasn’t the only situation to watch.

Consider Alexander Nylander’s slick moves, for one:

This is a sweet save:

Max Domi makes a statement about Arizona Coyotes fans.

If you dig watching people sign contracts, the Hurricanes one-up their competition:

The Calgary Flames shared some highlights of their own:

Here’s a selection of moments from the Red Wings:

Trevor Linden shares his impressions on the Vancouver Canucks’ side of things.

This one from the Winnipeg Jets is a little older, yet it gets in the mix because it’s a mic’d up bit.

Some moments of zen in the form of sprints and rolls:

If you want to go really, really in-depth on power-skating Avalanche players, you’re in luck:

(You’re also a little weird, but that’s OK.)

Granted, as great as all of these clips are, none probably beat on-ice back flips. So go watch that, too.