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PHT Morning Skate: Granato joins HOF Selection Committee; Barré-Boulet’s opportunity

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SEATTLE, WA - JULY 21: Hockey hall of famer and Seattle Kraken scout Cammi Granato poses for a photo prior to the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft at Gas Works Park on July 21, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Kracken is the National Hockey League’s newest franchise and will begin play in October 2021. (Photo by Christopher Mast/NHLI via 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.

• Cammi Granato has been named to the 18-person Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Mike Gartner is replacing John Davidson as Chair. [TSN]

• Brayden Point’s injury opens the door for an opportunity for Alex Barré-Boulet. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Nazem Kadri has been on quite the heater of late for the Avalanche. [The Hockey News]

• More bad news for the Islanders as Brock Nelson will miss 2-4 weeks with an injury and Zdeno Chara is in COVID-19 protocol. [PHT]

• Leon Draisaitl on the Oilers’ early-season success: “We’re all here to win. Individual stats, individual awards, I’ve been there, I’ve done that. I’m very proud of it, but that’s not why I’m here. “And that’s not why [Connor McDavid is] here. That’s why nobody’s here. We all want to win.” []

• If there’s one thing you can count on with the Golden Knights this season -- other than injuries -- it’s blown leads. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• The way things are going, Kevin Fiala is not long for Minnesota. [Zone Coverage]

• A look at some top prospects in the AHL and in Europe who we might be hearing from in the future. [NBC Sports Edge]

• Alexandre Texier is playing so well he’s moving into territory where he’s deserving of an expanded role with the Blue Jackets. [1st Ohio Battery]

• How long will this power play success work for the Predators? [A to Z Sports]


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