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PHT Morning Skate: Panthers will be aggressive; Last-minute draft questions

This year's NHL draft is set up to be filled with talented young Americans, including the likely No. 1 pick Jack Hughes. Watch the 2019 NHL Draft on NBCSN at 7:30 PM ET.

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• Even if the Hurricanes lose Mrazek and McElhinney in free agency, the Hurricanes have option between the pipes. (The Hockey News)

• On top of UFAs Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Sergei Bobrovsky and Ryan Dzingel, the Jackets also have a few restricted free agents to deal with. (The Cannon)

• Getting Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo signed should be Boston’s top priority. (NBC Sports Boston)

• Now that we’re a year removed from the last draft, Habs Eyes on the Prize grades what the Canadiens did on this day last year. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• Assuming the Devils take Jack Hughes (pictured) first overall tonight, how should they go about marketing him? (Pucks and Pitchforks)

• Rod Brind’Amour should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Cardiac Cane)

• Now that he’s a free agent, Corey Perry wants to make sure he gets another shot at a Stanley Cup. (TSN)

• Should the defending Stanley Cup Champions be interested in Perry? (Bleedin Blue)

• The Bolts will be drafting near the end of the first round, but here are five options that could be available to them when they select a player 27th overall. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Kevin Shattenkirk could be the odd-man out now that the Rangers have Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox. (Blue Shirt Banter)

• How should Penguins fans feel about the trade rumors surrounding Kris Letang? (Pensburgh)

• Expect the Florida Panthers to be aggressive during free agency this summer. (

• answers 25 last-minute questions about tonight’s NHL Entry Draft. (


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