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PHT Morning Skate: Patrick Kane’s MVP season; Zucker out long term

Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Dominic Moore discuss the league's top scorers and share their top picks for the 2021 NHL MVP, including Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane.

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 for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews are having terrific seasons, but Patrick Kane should be in the Hart Trophy conversation, too. [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Speaking of Matthews, as he continues a run at 50 goals in 50 games, he’s been bothered by a wrist injury. [Sportsnet]

• According to Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, Jason Zucker will be out “longer term” with a lower-body injury. [Tribune Review]

• With two goals in 16 games, Jack Eichel’s slow start can be explained by a pre-season injury that kept him sidelined for weeks. []

• NWHL defenseman Saroya Tinker on the importance of the Black Girl Hockey Club. [The Players’ Tribune]

• Black Girl Hockey Club has handed out seven scholarships to girls from ages nine to 18 to help with the costs of playing hockey. [The Ice Garden]

• Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington is “honored” to be one of the handful of NHL players to wear the Willie O’Ree tribute skates. [TSN]

• The 2021 NHL Trade Deadline may not be until April 12, but some teams are already heading towards seller mode. [Featurd]

• Kevin Fiala has played himself into a game-breaker since joining the Wild. [Zone Coverage]

• The next Rangers contract for Mika Zibanejad will define this era of the team. [Gotham Sports Network]

• Why Jonathan Drouin is a player to keep an eye on following the coaching change in Montreal. [Rotoworld]

• Jimmy Vesey and the Maple Leafs’ lineup: Why is he playing every night? [The Leafs Nation]

• Why Claude Giroux should be in this season’s discussion for the Selke Trophy. [Broad Street Hockey]


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