- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy42 mins ago
Right before his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues Connor McDavid couldn’t escape the television camera.
During the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada,” the Edmonton Oilers television feed was fixed on the 2015 No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft as he stood on the bench.
He tried to stare stoically, but looked like he was full of nervous energy. An NHL debut is a scary time for most prospects. For the 18-year-old McDavid, considered the best NHL prospect in the last 10 years, it was the culmination of almost a lifetime’s worth of hype.
"There was a lot of attention on (the game); glad it's over. As the game went on, I felt better about it. Had a couple of chances," McDavid said via NHL.com
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
It took just 2:17 for the first NHL 3-on-3 overtime to end with a victory. Defenseman Jason Garrison scored on a breakaway for the Tampa Bay Lightning to give them a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Yes, Jason Garrison – a defenseman known for howitzer one-timers from the blueline rather than blazing speed scored the game-winner on a breakaway. Hence the glory of 3-on-3.
Even though the Lightning won, not everyone on the team was thrilled with the new format, which was adopted this year in order to cut down on shootouts. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said, "Personally, I don't think it's fair. One breakaway, then another breakaway. I think the shootout, it's fair both ways. This is going to be a little bit more of a gong show."
Garrison reportedly said the last time he scored on a breakaway was in peewee.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Jack Eichel has scored an NHL goal.
The Buffalo Sabres 2015 first-round draft pick made his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. It took him over two periods to get on the scoresheet, but when he did looked like it was quite the scene at the First Niagara Center.
On the power play, Eichel took a puck from Marcus Foligno just below the circle and fired a shot past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson. After the goal he celebrated with a double fist pump, and the introduction of "Let me Clear my Throat" by D.J. Koolas the team's new goal song. The goal was scored at the 9:11 mark of the third.
Said Eichel via Buffalo Hockey Beat, which also painted the raucous atmosphere:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
One of the Buffalo Sabres big summer acquisitions was hurt in the team’s season opener.
Goaltender Robin Lehner dropped down to his knees, anticipating a shot on goal in the second period of their game against the Ottawa Senators. Except he had trouble getting up.
At the start of the third period, the Sabres announced Lehner would not return with a "lower body injury."
The play where Lehner was hurt looked quite innocent, but sometimes with goaltenders, muscle pulls or other problems can happen on the easiest looking plays. Lehner finished the game stopping 11 of 12 Ottawa Senators shots on goal in 27:30 of action. He allowed a goal 30 seconds into the game by Ottawa forward Kyle Turris.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
By Sasha Yodashkin RotoWire Hockey Writer
Thursday's seven-game Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey slate features the 2015-16 debuts of a few serious Stanley Cup hopefuls, and is noteworthy for a number of matchups that seem lopsided on paper. That said, it's a new season so anything can happen!
Finding early season value plays can be tricky due to the potential fluidity of players' roles, but there are more diamonds in the rough to be had at this stage, as some less-established players begin to embark on their breakout campaigns.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Raffi Torres declined to appeal the 41-game suspension handed to him for his hit on Jakob Silfverberg Saturday night. On Thursday, he released a statement via the San Jose Sharks apologizing to the Anaheim Ducks forward and accepting his punishment.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
So who ya got?
In this corner is Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian hockey wunderkind and anointed top prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered arguably the best young player to enter the League in a decade and maybe beyond. He’s polished and practiced, his image cultivated and controlled.
In this corner is Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, American hockey prodigy and consensus second-best prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered a franchise player and someone who would have gone first overall in many other recent drafts. He’s a little rougher around the edges, and you can sense there’s a rascal lurking under that measured rookie veneer.
As hockey fans, we'd obviously like them both to excel, to maximize their potential, to give this League two more must-see players among the dozen or so that currently exist. We want them to revive their moribund franchises, to challenge for trophies. And since they’re inexorably linked by their draft year, we want them to push each other, feeding our societal need for constant comparison.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at .
• Jaromir Jagr's decision to grow back his mullet has led to quite a craze around the NHL. Check out this shot from NBC's opening night broadcast. [Mike Halford]
• From the day he started playing hockey, Connor McDavid’s greatness was easily apparent to those who watched him. [Toronto Star]
• The Jack Eichel era is set to begin for the Buffalo Sabres. [Buffalo News]
• Boston University tries to turn the page without Eichel leading the way for the Terriers. [Boston Globe]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The ECHL is painting its goal posts blue.
According to a release sent by the league, the ECHL has partnered with GEICO Insurance to sponsor the league’s goal posts. Instead of the traditional red, the posts will be painted blue with GEICO plastered on them as seen in the above photo. The GEICO goalposts will be in the league's 27 U.S. based teams.
Per the ECHL:
“We are excited to serve as the Official Auto Insurance partner of the ECHL,” said Ted Ward, GEICO Vice President. "This fits GEICO. It's fun. It's creative. It's an attention-grabber. We're changing history here,” said Troy Miller, President of Division ONE Sports, who negotiated the deal for GEICO.
The ECHL is the top feeder league for the American Hockey League – which is the top feeder league for the National Hockey League.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
It’s been nearly two weeks since Zdeno Chara was listed as “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury by the Boston Bruins. That injury will now keep him out of Thursday night’s opener against the Winnipeg Jets.
"I'm OK to be smart about it," Chara said , via Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston. "Obviously I want to play as soon as I can, but at the same time it's Game 1 and know that it's [not] less important than any other game, but at this time, I want to continue to have progress and keep going forward with it instead of having setbacks.”
Chara suffered the injury on Sept. 24 and has been practicing with the Bruins. He was even a part of their morning skate on Thursday. There’s no timetable for his return, and head coach Claude Julien was hopeful the captain would be back for Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.