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PHT Morning Skate: Hischier’s homecoming; NHL 19 crowns Maple Leafs champions

Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 24: Nico Hischier #13 of the New Jersey Devils during a break in action against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at the Prudential Center on March 24, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils won 2-1. (Photo by Adam Hunger/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

• Guy Boucher isn’t worrying about his contract situation heading into the 2018-19 season. (The Score)

• Nico Hischier was the man of the moment playing in front of his home country. (

• Want some bold predictions to go along with that bold coffee this morning? (TSN)

• Speaking of predictions, here’s some for the league’s best rookie title. (Last Word on Hockey)

• Speed -- it’s what turns NHL teams into contenders these days. (Toronto Star)

• TSN went and did an NHL 19 simulation to determine the next Stanley Cup champion... 30 fanbases (and most of Canada) won’t be happy. (TSN)

• Five players who could break out this coming season. (The Canadian Press)

• The most spiteful season preview you will read ahead of this season. (Deadspin)

• New Amsterdam Vodka breaking into the big leagues with NHL deal. (AdAge)

• There’s another level for Frederik Andersen to reach. (Sportsnet)

• Who’s the best player on each team now, and who will be the best player on that team in four years? (ESPN)

• Can’t put the controller down in NHL 19? Here’s how to build the best Hockey Ultimate Team. (Real Sport 101)

• Radim Vrbata retired on Monday after 16 season in the NHL. (TSN)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck