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PHT Morning Skate: Colliton’s road to Chicago; Kreider revisits health scare

New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 22: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 22, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Rangers 5-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• The Hockey News looks back at the top 10 NHL debuts that occurred throughout 2018. (The Hockey News)

• Auston Matthews was going to spend Christmas by himself, but a teammate made sure that didn’t happen. (

• Expect there to be a good amount of Canadian teams in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (TSN)

• Find out what makes two duos in Calgary and Winnipeg such dynamic passers and scorers. (The Point Hockey)

• Now that he’s one of the leaders on his team, Jack Eichel wants to make sure that the Buffalo Sabres reach their potential. (Sports Illustrated)

• ESPN takes a deeper look at Jeremy Colliton’s path to becoming the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. (ESPN)

• Don Cherry is not impressed with the decision to remove a ring around the Stanley Cup. “I phoned Bobby Baun to talk about it. I just don’t think it’s right to take the names off the Cup of the guys who won it. Gordie Howe is coming off the Cup? I mean, come on! That’s Mr. Hockey.” (Toronto Sun)

• Find out why Joel Quenneville had to give Artemi Panarin the nickname “Breadman”. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Habs Eyes on the Prize gives up six underrated players to keep an eye on at the World Junior Hockey Championship. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• The Hurricanes had success in their Hartford Whalers jerseys, but it’s time for them to build off on their performance in green. (Cardiac Cane)

• It’s important for the Toronto Maple Leafs to make sure they find a nice balance of game action and rest for starting goalie Frederik Andersen. (Toronto Star)

• Rangers forward Chris Kreider looks back at his health-scare exactly one year after it happened. (New York Post)

• The Golden Knights need Colin Miller to get back into the lineup as quickly as possible. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Biznasty and Ryan Whitney take a your of Kevin Hayes’ crib:


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