Ramblings: ‘Canes-Islanders and Blues-Stars; Hart Trophy; Kravtsov and Korshkov – May 2

Michael Clifford



There was a big boost to the Hurricane lineup as both Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Martinook returned in Game 3, with Svech on the third line and Martinook on the fourth. They’re still without Trevor van Riemsdyk and Micheal Ferland, but getting the two forwards back is a big boost for them.

More on Game 3 below.


Brad Marchand will not face league discipline for his sucker (rabbit?) punch of Scott Harrington on Tuesday night.


The Sharks say Joe Pavelski skated on his own back in San Jose while the team is still in Colorado. It’s a baby step, but it’s good to see he’s on the ice, however limited it might be.


The Leafs signed 2016 second-round pick Egor Korshkov (can we get a definitive ruling on Egor or Yegor?) to a two-year entry-level contract. The 22-year old has played five years in the KHL, his latest season cut short because of a shoulder injury. You can read his Dobber Prospects profile here.

He has 24 goals in over 170 career KHL games, including 11 goals in his most recent 71 contests.

I won’t delve into Korshkov’s ability because our Dobber Prospects profile does a good job at doing just that. What I will speak to is the opportunity here. Korshkov typically plays on the right but he is a left shot and with Zach Hyman’s injury and the uncertainty around Toronto’s cap situation, there may be a clear path to the NHL if Korshkov is willing to play the left side. I would assume that he at least starts the season in the AHL but if he can impress, he may not be there long.

I am definitely not saying that he’s so good that he’ll be fast-tracked to the NHL. All I’m saying is he has that opportunity if he performs very well in training camp and exhibition. There are a lot of bridges to cross between now and October.


Staying with the KHL, it looks like the Rangers will be welcome Vitali Kravtsov to the fold for