Ducks prospect John Gibson may be the best prospect goaltender around. He gets the start for the USA today against Switzerland. The Ducks have two good goalies, but Gibson has franchise upside. They won’t rush him, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him Carey Price his way to the NHL (minimal AHL time).
Eric Staal has a third degree MCL sprain and won’t miss an extended amount of time (likely two months). He should be fully recovered well before the start of next season. After watching his reaction to the hit (one of sheer agony), this has to be really good news for all parties.
Sidney Crosby was at his very best last night. And he was a lot of fun to watch. He finished with a hat trick and six shots on goal in about 20 minutes of ice time. The Penguins have the luxury of not overplaying him because of Shero’s deadline pickups. If Crosby were coached by Tortorella, he’d probably average 28 or 29 minutes a night.
Paul Martin had two points from the back end – he’s on the shutdown pairing with Orpik, but he’s also seeing a lot of PP time. 2013 has been a terrific rebound season for him after an inconsistent first season with the Pens.
Colin Greening had a goal and led Ottawa with five shots. What is his offensive upside? I think that depends a lot on the role he is put in. Very good role player, though.
If the Sabres decide to move Thomas Vanek this summer… where are some potential roster spots? I think you have to look for teams that:
a) have the cap space, obviously
b) have a few young RFA/ELC assets to entice Buffalo
Vanek is streaky and inconsistent, but he is a proven top line talent and a threat to score 40+ every season.
Some educated guesses….
Nashville – dire need for a go-to sniper, the Preds could dangle a young forward (Watson/Beck/Wilson), a 1st round pick, and a young defenseman (Blum or Ellis). It would pr