With Josh Norris off to a very strong start with the University of Michigan, some have wondered if he could potentially turn pro next season. He indicated to Postmedia’s Ken Warren that while it’s certainly an option, he’s not ready to make that decision just yet:
“That’s a little too far ahead. I have a lot of hockey to play, there’s a lot of development left for me. There’s four months left on the schedule. Of course I want to play in the NHL, and, when the time is right, I have to make that decision – whether it’s after this year or not.”
Norris was one of the key players involved in the Erik Karlsson trade back in September and was a first-round pick of the Sharks back in 2017. He sits tied for tenth overall in NCAA scoring with eight goals and eight assists through 13 games and if he can maintain that level of production, he could certainly make a case that he’s ready to suit up for the Senators as early as next season.
Elsewhere in the East:
- Capitals winger Tom Wilson was assessed a match penalty for a hit on Devils winger Brett Seney on Friday night. That carries an automatic suspension pending a league review. Washington next plays on Sunday afternoon so a decision will come fairly quickly. Seney briefly left the game but returned for the third period.
- The Bruins appear to be set to get some help on the back end tomorrow night. The team announced (Twitter link) that Brandon Carlo is probable to play on Saturday versus Detroit. The defenseman has missed the last nine games due to an upper-body injury. Carlo was averaging a career-best 20:58 per game before being injured and will likely be counted on to take on even more of the workload with Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, and Charlie McAvoy all on the shelf.
- The Red Wings will be without defenseman Trevor Daley for tomorrow’s game in Boston and isn’t expected to play on Sunday against Colorado, head coach Jeff Blashill told reporters including Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. The blueliner sustained an undisclosed injury on Wednesday in the first period versus St. Louis and did not return. As Detroit now has just six healthy defensemen on the roster, they may soon be bringing someone up from Grand Rapids of the AHL.