Ramblings: Upcoming Schedules Including Arizona and Pittsburgh; Thompson’s Six-Point Night; Updates on Boeser, Drysdale, and Heiskanen – November 1

Michael Clifford


November is here and the NHL season is now settling into its rhythm. Teams are getting to the point where they need to make decisions on rookies, burning the first year of their entry-level contract. Wyatt Johnston in Dallas is sticking around, we found out recently, but there are decisions for guys like Juraj Slafkovsky and Shane Wright that need to be made. Rosters are also getting back, or are shortly getting back, players that were injured in the offseason or early this campaign. Boston just got back Brad Marchand and should welcome back Charlie McAvoy over the next month or so. Aaron Ekblad may make a return to the Florida lineup in the next couple weeks while Anthony Cirelli could be back in the next few weeks as well. Let's just hope we don't keep getting hit with more top-end injuries this month.

We did get some good news on the McAvoy front, by the way:

He was skating on the fourth defense pair in practice so he's obviously not an imminent return, but it may not be that long either. We just need to look to Marchand, who went from the fifth line in practice to game action in what seemed like a couple weeks. It might be worth checking the wire in case McAvoy was dropped in leagues with shallow IR spots (or none at