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PHT Morning Skate: 2020 wish lists; Backstrom’s contract negotiations

Take a look back at the best players in the NHL from the 2010's and what their impact has made on the sport as the decade comes to a close.

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• ESPN’s latest power rankings break down a wish in 2020 for every team in the NHL. (ESPN)

• The Hockey News breaks down the top 10 individual performances of the decade at the World Juniors. (The Hockey News)

• Who is the most valuable player to his team? (Sportsnet)

• Why haven’t the Caps and Nicklas Backstrom come to an agreement on a new contract? (Washington Capitals)

• The Devils continue hesitating when it comes to shooting the puck. (

• Check out the New York Rangers’ top 10 trades of the decade. (Blue Shirt Banter)

• Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau should be at the NHL All-Star game. (Rat Trick)

• What should Anthony Duclair’s next contract look like? (Silver Seven Sens)

• Jeff Skinner’s 5-on-5 impact on the Sabres goes beyond points. (Die By the Blade)

• Craig Berube might become the best coach in Blues franchise history. (Bleedin Blue)

• As weird as this may sound, the Golden Knights are a force at 4-on-4. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Craig Smith is about to erupt for the Predators. (Predlines)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.