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PHT Morning Skate: Don’t write off Blue Jackets; Heiskanen’s skating

Tampa Bay Lightning v Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 2: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens defends the goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL game at the Bell Centre on April 2, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via 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

• Workhorse goaltenders are becoming a thing of the past in the NHL. (TSN)

• Miro Heiskanen’s skating ability is as good as Connor McDavid’s, according to Tyler Seguin. (

• Which 2019 NHL draftees have the best shot of making it this season? (The Hockey Writers)

• The University of Guelph’s women’s hockey team won the championship after testing out a motivational application. (Globe and Mail)

• The Jackets are more than happy about everyone writing them off this season. (ESPN)

• Brett Connolly and Tom Wilson are supporting Evgeny Kuznetsov during his IIHF suspension. (Nova Caps Fans)

• Ryan Poehling is putting in the work ahead of his first full professional season. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• Which players could earn a PTO from the Florida Panthers? (The Rat Trick)

• What are the best and worst case scenarios for the defending Stanley Cup champs? (Bleedin Blue)

• Ryan Getzlaf needs to have a bounce back season for the Anaheim Ducks. (Anaheim Calling)

• Low salary cap numbers are short term pain for long term gain. (Flames Nation)


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