Tyler Seguin and Jonathan Drouin are both feeling it Tuesday morning, with Seguin missing Team Canada’s practice due to an unspecified illness and Drouin possibly hurting his arm after being hit into an open bench door by Team North America teammate Jacob Trouba.
To replace Seguin, who Canadian officials told to stay at the hotel, Steven Stamkos is now on right wing with center Jonathan Toews and center-turned-left-winger Logan Couture, bumping Corey Perry up from extra forward to the third line right wing with John Tavares on left wing and Ryan Getzlaf at center.
Over at Team North America, Drouin is sticking it out and staying on the ice. Toronto Maple Leafs’ first overall pick Auston Matthews moved out of the extra forward slot to the third line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nathan MacKinnon. Red Wings sophomore Dylan Larkin is also taking rushes with Nugent-Hopkins and MacKinnon.
Mark Spector tweeted out the North American first unit PP, and it should compete with its Canadian counterpart for most dangerous in the tournament. The under-23 team will roll out Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Mark Scheifele, Brandon Saad, and Aaron Ekblad; Team Canada has Sidney Crosby, Getzlaf, Stamkos, Tavares, and Drew Doughty.
Elsewhere in the hockey world:
- NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly appeared on Sirius XM NHL on Tuesday morning, where he expressed satisfaction with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Daly talked about the potential premature end to the agreement in 2020, when both the league and Players Association have the right to opt out. Despite some talk about how bonus laden contracts (designed to ensure players would be payed during a potential lockout) could actually lead to a lockout. Daly says there is “general satisfaction” with how the current system works. With the qualifier that it’s still early, the deputy commissioner doesn’t see “any storm clouds on the horizen – at least yet”.