The NHL held their Skills Competition as part of their All-Star festivities last night. The winners for each event are as follows:
Fastest Skater: Jordan Kyrou (Blues)
Save Streak: Jack Campbell (Maple Leafs) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)
Fountain Faceoff: Zach Werenski (Blue Jackets)
Hardest Shot: Victor Hedman (Lightning)
Breakaway Challenge: Alex Pietrangelo (Golden Knights)
21 in ’22: Joe Pavelski (Stars)
Accuracy Shooting: Sebastian Aho (Hurricanes)
Elsewhere around the hockey world:
- There are teams with some interest in Bruins youngsters Jack Studnicka and Urho Vaakanainen but there are questions as to what the upside for both players are, suggests Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic (subscription link). Studnicka started the season in Boston’s top six but has spent most of the season in the minors while Vaakanainen’s limited experience makes it hard to project whether or not he could become a second-pairing rearguard. Both players are potential trade options if the Bruins try to make a splash at the trade deadline but those questions of upside will make their value considerably varied around the league which could complicate things in a trade.
- The KHL announced that they have canceled the remainder of their regular season. The season was paused in mid-January due to several COVID outbreaks and while teams have less than 10 games remaining, the Olympic break would make it too difficult to play the rest of the season without compressing the playoff schedule too much. Instead, they’ll elect to start their postseason on March 1st with more of a normal schedule while the seedings will be based on win percentage. The IIHF World Hockey Championships are slated to begin in mid-May so this isn’t a situation where the KHL could have played later in the spring; they want to be finished by then so their players can participate in this tournament.
ugh, great job Russia
FIRST! First to throw a Boo bird at Bettman, in between games through the interweb radio.
Vaakanainen’s shown enough, and Boston’s had a shaky enough situation with backline depth, that I’d want to hang on to him barring some team making a serious overpay offer.
Studnicka’s had chances, and so far hasn’t shown much; he’s not even a first-liner in Providence. He *could* develop, but that’s a flip of a coin right now. If I was the Bruins’ GM and someone offered me a third rounder for him, I’d take it.