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PHT Morning Skate: Surprises and disappointments; Stars’ playoff hopes

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones make their picks for the Jack Adams award, given to the top head coach in the NHL.

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

• Who will be the first overall pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft? Well, it’s a battle at the top between Kaapo Kakko and Jack Hughes. (TSN)

• Mitch Marner is one of those players that brings some skill to the penalty kill. (Rotoworld)

• Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire breaks down some of the overachievers and underachievers of the 2018-19 season. (Sportsnet)

• Viktor Arvidsson isn’t the biggest name in hockey circles, but he’s quietly put up a really strong offensive season. (NHL)

• PHT’s Adam Gretz provides us with a list of the biggest surprises and disappointments of the season. (MSN)

• Gretz continues with a terrific piece on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ good and bad qualities. (Pensburgh)

• Can the Dallas Stars make some noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? (Dallas Morning News)

• Tyler Seguin has picked up his game since being called out by Jim Lites a few months ago, but Jamie Benn still isn’t himself. (The Hockey News)

• Jordan Binnington is one of the big reasons why the St. Louis Blues are one of the teams to watch heading into the playoffs. (Goal Horn)

• Ryan Strome has fit in nicely with the New York Rangers (Puck 77)


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