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PHT Morning Skate: Sullivan’s Adams chances; top 2021 free agents

Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Dominic Moore award the Oilers' Connor McDavid the "Top Performance" after the center became the ninth player in NHL history to earn 100 points in the first 53 games of the season.

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.

• Rod Brind’Amour appears to be the favorite, but can Mike Sullivan sneak his way into the Jack Adams Award race? [Pensburgh]

• Dougie Hamilton, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are among the top potential UFAs this summer. [TSN]

• Kirill Kaprizov has been all the rage in Minnesota, but don’t overlook Joel Eriksson Ek’s year for the Wild. [The Score]

• Patrick Kane is dealing with “one little issue” and will skip the upcoming Worlds, but should be ready for training camp. []

• Interesting examination of teams finishing strong and if that momentum carries over into the following season. [Expected Buffalo]

• Fun look at the trade deadline deals and how they’ve panned out for each team. [Sportsnet]

• There are so many questions facing the Flyers as they enter the summer. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• Could prospect Chaz Lucius break his way into the NHL Draft’s top five? [NBC Sports Edge]

• The Predators’ fourth line has been tough to play against this season. [On the Forecheck]

• What will this off-season look like for the Coyotes? [Spector’s 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