Evander Kane has been away from the San Jose Sharks for some time now, and today we found out why. Kane took to Twitter to explain that his expecting wife had lost their daughter, obviously explaining his absence and unavailability for the Sharks. Everyone at PHR passes along their well wishes to Kane and his family during this time.
More notes from around the hockey world:
- Kaapo Kakko scored again today and broke the Finnish top league’s record for scoring by a player under the age of 18. With 22 goals on the season Kakko passed the previous record holder Aleksander Barkov, who scored 21 in 2012-13. The 17-year old Kakko is expected to go second overall in the upcoming draft, but was recently ranked as the top available prospect by Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet.
- Not only will Erik Brannstrom be in the Ottawa Senators lineup for the first time tonight, but Max Veronneau will also make his NHL debut. The 23-year old forward was just signed out of Princeton this week and will immediately try to make an impact for the Senators. The team is focused on developing their young core as they rebuild, and giving a chance to college free agents is obviously a big selling point when trying to recruit them.