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PHT Morning Skate: Talented Auston Matthews motivating Arizona’s youth hockey movement

Auston Matthews, r Ilya Sharipov

Auston Matthews, r Ilya Sharipov


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Auston Matthews, who might be one of the top picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, is an inspiration both for those who think there’s a long-term future for hockey in Arizona and young players in the market as they have living proof that you can develop into a great hockey player while living in Arizona. (New York Times)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $18,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Tuesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Capitals goalie coach Mitch Korn is willing to go to extreme lengths to avoid being wasteful:

Puck Daddy ran down its Top 10 saves of 2014. (Puck Daddy)

Travis Zajac is hoping that new New Jersey Devils co-coach Adam Oates can help him bounce back from a season-long slump. The 29-year-old center took a step in the right direction last night with a goal and an assist against Pittsburgh. (The Bergen Record)

Here are the highlights from Boston’s 5-2 victory over Detroit:

The Edmonton Oilers got plenty of support from fans during their skills competition despite the gloomy state of the team. (Edmonton Sun)

The ECHL Kalamazoo Wings will be wearing these fancy jerseys on New Years Eve:

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