It is generally accepted that Mike Babcock, or maybe Joel Quenneville, is the best coach in the NHL. You see all the success they’ve had for years and years, getting winning hockey out of good or even great teams despite immense pressure. The idea there, obviously, is that Boudreau does more with less.
Before this week begins, it's time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels. In this week’s report, we feature an AHL defenseman whose ironman streak has come to an end thanks to a suspension and a blueliner who made a huge impact in his return from a concussion. Sam Morin, D, 6-7/227, Lehigh Valley (AHL) Morin’s 125-game ironman streak came to an end last week, not because of injury, but because of a dangerous cross-check to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Garrett Wilson last Tuesday that resulted in a two-game suspension. Morin missed Friday and Saturday’s games against Hartford and returned Sunday night when the Phantoms traveled
As Andre Burakovsky watched the game in his apartment on Saturday, the Capitals forward trio he’d typically be a part of hopped onto the ice with less than two minutes left in the second period in Detroit. Zach Sanford, playing for the injured Burakovsky at third-line right wing, snapped Lars Eller’s pass into the net for his second NHL goal in as many games. Sanford’s quick trigger in that moment even resembled Burakovsky’s. Burakovsky’s hand injury was unfortunate news for a young forward who was playing some of his best hockey this season and for a Washington team that was on a roll. But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that with the trade deadline less than two weeks away, the Capitals can