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PHT Morning Skate: Draft prospects at World Juniors; All-Star captains vote

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EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 26: Brad Lambert #33 and Ville Koivunen #24 of Finland celebrate a goal against Austria in the third period during the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship at Rogers Place on December 27, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

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

• Which 2022 NHL Draft prospects should you be paying attention to during the IIHF World Junior Championship? [NBC Sports Edge]

• Hockey Hall of Famer Angela James would like to see more women involved in coaching hockey. [Forbes]

• Jonas Brodin was one of the numerous NHL players to enter COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday. The Wild defenseman has to test negative over the next two days to have a chance to play in Saturday’s Winter Classic. [Star Tribune]

• Brad Marchand sounded off on the NHL/NHLPA decision to not go to the Beijing Olympics. [PHT]

• Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews, and Connor McDavid lead the NHL All-Star Game captains vote. []

• Don’t look now but the Predators have played their way into the Central Division title race. [Daily Faceoff]

• Blackhawks forward Tyler Johnson was on the ice for the first time since undergoing artificial disk replacement surgery in his neck on Dec. 3. It is an expected three-month recovery period. [NBC Sports Chicago]

• The Toronto Six and Connecticut Whale lead the Premier Hockey Federation Power Rankings as the league hits its holiday break. [The Ice Garden]

• A very fun look at some of the worst hockey cards ever designed. [Puck Junk]

• Devante Smith-Pelly has signed a PTO with the AHL’s Laval Rocket. [A Winning Habit]

• Senators 2021 first-round pick Tyler Boucher has left Boston University to sign his entry-level deal. [Ottawa Citizen]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.