Ramblings: Letang’s dual season; Hudon and Norris recalled; Perron; Kempe – February 28

Michael Clifford

2020-02-28

Bad news for Columbus forward Josh Anderson as it appears his season is over as he heads under the knife for shoulder surgery. Nothing is confirmed yet but this is the report coming out from TSN's Darren Dreger, with the report somewhat confirmed by Jackets beat writer Aaron Portzline.

Anderson is legitimately one of my favourite players in the league to watch. He's a true power forward in every sense of the word and has 30-goal seasons in his future if he can stay healthy. We'll wait on further prognosis for now, but I just hope he's ready for 2020-21 at this point.

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Josh Norris was recalled by Ottawa for Thursday night's game. I had speculated post-Pageau that he could be a beneficiary and the team immediately demoted him to the AHL. Hopefully this time he lasts longer than one game.

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Charles Hudon was recalled by the Habs as well with a couple injuries lingering through the team. Hudon is having a very good year in the AHL with 27 goals in 46 games, averaging exactly 3.5 shots on goal per game.

Hudon is someone I was high on in the past but it just hasn't worked out. He's obviously talented, averaging 40 goals/82 games over his last three AHL seasons, but he hasn't been able to put it all together. If he can get regular minutes, two shots and two hits per game are well within reach for him. The question will be whether he can get regular minutes – given his history, I have my doubts.

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Pavel Buchnevich was held out of the lineup again following his car accident with Igor Shesterkin earlier this week. Coach Quinn did say that they expect him on the ice soon, he's just not quite ready to return yet. Filip Chytil remains on the top line for now.

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Ondrej Kase made his Boston Bruins debut on Thursday night, skating on the second line with Nick Ritchie and David Krejci.

I have high expectations for Kase in Beantown, but he needs to stay in the lineup. It's as simple as that.

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One guy that interests me from the Kings is Adrian Kempe. The first-round pick from 2014 has had a tough time getting out of the gates, given he has f