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PHT Morning Skate: Panthers prospect overcomes broken neck; Tavares Tax Calculator

Florida Panthers v New York Islanders

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/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

• With the acquisition of Conor Sheary, Sabres GM Jason Botterill is hoping to add more scoring to his lineup. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher wrote a piece about why he thinks Montreal is the greatest place to play. (

• The Hockey News lists 10 players that were passed over for the Hall of Fame again. Will Sergei Zubov and Daniel Alfredsson ever get in? (The Hockey News)

• A lot of Flyers prospect Carter Hart’s success comes from the work he’s put in with his sports psychologist. “I’d probably say about 90 percent of it is mental. Confidence is everything. Everything is between your ears.” (

• Looking for a draft recap and a preview of what’s to come in free agency? Check out the newest edition of the Rotoworld Hockey Podcast. (Rotoworld)

• A freak on-ice accident resulted in Panthers prospect in Logan Hutsko breaking his neck three years ago. Even though the road to recovery was long, he still managed to come up with the courage to press forward with his hockey career. (Sun-Sentinel)

• Capitals draft pick Ilya Samsonov has a bright future ahead of him, but he knows that his first season away from home is going to be difficult. (Washington Post)

• John Tavares has entertained pitches from the Islanders, Leafs, Sharks, Lightning, Stars and Bruins, so came up with a “Tavares Calculator” so that we can see what kind of taxes he’ll be paying depending on where he decides to play next. This is fun. (

• Hayley Wickenheiser is a guest coach at Toronto Maple Leafs development camp. (Sportsnet)

• Speaking of Leafs development camp, Israeli hockey player David Levin received an invite to take part in the camp. He has his sights set on the NHL. (Toronto Star)


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