The NHL released their three stars from last week, and young Patrik Laine leads the way. The Winnipeg Jets sniper still hasn’t turned 20, but is now tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in goals with 40 and is in the midst of an 11-game point streak.
Brad Marchand and Evgeni Malkin fill the other two spots, as both try to hunt down a nomination for the Hart Trophy. Malkin sits just a single point behind Nikita Kucherov for the league lead in scoring with 87, while Marchand now has 69 points in just 53 games. Though sometimes overshadowed by other superstars on their respective teams (Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby usually), both Marchand and Malkin are having outstanding seasons and could meet late in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
- Andrew Mangiapane will miss the rest of the season following shoulder surgery, the latest bad break for a flailing Calgary Flames squad. The team sits just out of a playoff spot and could have lost Matthew Tkachuk to injury after he left Sunday’s game. Mangiapane had been playing with the Stockton Heat in the AHL, but could have been a potential call-up to add some offense to the lineup. Now he’ll have to focus on making the Flames out of camp next season.
- After our Brian La Rose gave some insight on the top names in college free agency, Corey Pronman of The Athletic (subscription needed) has done the same. The prospect guru points to several names who could make an impact in the NHL right away, including Daniel Brickley, the expected top name on the market. Brickley is a solid player in basically every situation, and Pronman explains that he has top-four potential in the NHL.