Ramblings: Islanders advance; Eichel’s future; Norris nominations; Dubois and Wheeler – June 10

Michael Clifford

2021-06-10

Taking a step back from the playoffs for a second, the ongoing Jack Eichel saga is one of great interest. Not only is it only for the regular hockey fans, but the fantasy hockey fans are already putting together dream packages to get Eichel to their preferred destination for their dynasty teams. Admit it. I can feel it.

Anyway, Joe Yerdon, who has been a long-time Buffalo beat writer, wrote an article on Eichel and how he's assuredly going to be traded. I have trust in Joe as a reporter and from what we've heard elsewhere, this makes sense. So, I will put it to the readers: where do you want to see Eichel end up not for your favourite hockey team in real life, but for fantasy purposes?

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The NHL announced the finalists for the Norris Trophy:

Last month, I discussed the NHL awards and how despite a down year from Victor Hedman, he was not only going to be a top-3 nomination, but probably win the award. I had him as winning with likely Adam Fox and Cale Makar as the next up, or possibly Charlie McAvoy. I feel like I nailed this one.

Anyway, if you want to reward the absolute best defenceman in the NHL this year, it's Makar. If you want to reward an elite defenceman who played a full schedule, it's Fox. If you want to give Hedman the Drew Doughty Memorial Award, well, that's your prerogative.

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What was a tense 1-1 game after 20 minutes turned into a 4-1 laugher for the Islanders after 40 minutes, a lead they wo