PHT Morning Skate: Taylor Hall argues he’s improving defensively
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.
In addition to excelling offensively, Taylor Hall thinks his defensive game has improved lately despite some criticism to the contrary. Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins backed his assessment. (Edmonton Journal)
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Kris Versteeg isn’t sure why he was traded by the Florida Panthers, but Panthers GM Dale Tallon told him “he had to do it.” Either way, Versteeg doesn’t have any regrets about his time with the Panthers and he’s been solid since rejoining the Chicago Blackhawks. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Jesse Joensuu obviously doesn’t like the fact that he was a healthy scratch for two straight games, but thinks it might prove to have been beneficial for him. He’s been struggling to find his game since returning from a back injury. (Edmonton Journal)
Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele is trying to guard against getting too confident as he heats up. (Winnipeg Sun)
After a shaky start, the New Jersey Devils have turned into a strong road team with a 7-3-1 record in their last 11 contests away from home. (The Star-Ledger)
Highlights from Pittsburgh’s 2-1 win over Columbus: