New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson, despite the team’s failures, had himself a career year and could be entering the 2022-23 season as the top-line center. In Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane dangerously hit Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri from behind, leading to an injury.
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Brock Nelson’s 2021-22 season showcased consistent offensive production from start to finish for the New York Islanders. Even with missing nine games in the first half of the season, Nelson still led the New York Islanders in the goal department, and after COVID-10 pauses and more of a consistent schedule, Nelson continued to flourish. (NYI Hockey Now)
In the debates and discussions about keeping Kris Letang on the Pittsburgh Penguins blue line, another critical decision is pending with top Penguins prospect PO Joseph that could cost the team a prospect without compensation. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
At this point, things are looking pretty darn dire for the Boston Bruins to start the 2022-23 NHL season for a potpourri of crappy reasons. First, captain Patrice Bergeron’s future is not edged in stone. Secondly, Brad Marchand is out for the start of next season. Add in Matt Grzelcyk who won’t be ready for next season and now Charlie McAvoy will be out of commission for the next six months. (Boston Hockey Now)
The NHL’s Combine ended Saturday, and the Philadelphia Flyers will now compare notes and get serious about the player they will select with the No. 5 overall pick in next month’s draft. Dynamic center Matt Savoie is among the players the Flyers will consider in the first round. (Philly Hockey Now)
When it comes to free agents the Florida Panthers want to keep moving forward, Mason Marchment can get lost in the shuffle. That does not mean he is not a high priority for the Panthers. (Florida Hockey Now)
Montreal Canadiens prospect Joshua Roy wasn’t slated to be in the lineup when the Laval Rocket played the Springfield Thunderbirds in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final of the Calder Cup Playoffs at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA. After signing an amateur tryout contract with the Rocket Tuesday, Roy did however make the trip south to Western Massachusetts. (Montreal Hockey Now)
As the NHL Scouting Combine continues in Buffalo, the Washington Capitals continue to gear up for what should be a busy offseason. The team not only has to address a number of free agents but also work to fill the voids left by Tom Wilson and potentially Nicklas Backstrom, whose future remains in flux. But, beyond the market and injuries, Washington also has a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, selecting at No. 20. (Washington Hockey Now)
Evander Kane didn’t waste much time taking out Nazem Kadri. Early in Game 3, Kane boarded Kadri, who is now out for the remainder of the series. The Western Conference Final may last just one more game, as the Colorado Avalanche took a commanding 3-0 series lead. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Welcome back to Vegas Hockey Now’s season in review series where we look at every player on the Vegas Golden Knights and their 2021-22 season from Michael Amadio to Zach Whitecloud. Today’s player is Keegan Kolesar. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Gannon Laroque has leveled up. Following a strong year with the WHL’s Victoria Royals, Laroque joined the San Jose Barracuda for three games to finish out the AHL season. And on Jun. 1, the 18-year-old became the San Jose Sharks’ first 2021 draft pick, outside of seventh-overall selection William Eklund, to earn an NHL contract. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter gave his old team exactly what it needed at a critical time in its window to win. And while the 63-year-old bench boss didn’t get the hardware he wanted, he did add the Jack Adams Award – reluctantly – to his resume. Regardless of the award, Darryl Sutter has some unfinished business in Calgary. (Calgary Hockey Now)
Canucks Roll Call is assessing every player who held a significant place in the fortunes of the 2021-22 Vancouver Canucks season. We’ll be looking at the highs and lows they experienced during the recent campaign, as well as what the future holds for them in Vancouver. We started with the club’s free agents and now move on to those players under contract. Today we feature center and leading scorer JT Miller. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
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