Leading up to Monday’s Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators — on the ice and off the ice. For various and sundry reasons, the Puck Daddy Beard Watch took a breather this postseason. Obviously, there wasn’t much turnover from last year’s Stanley Cup winners, which means there isn’t much novelty in the Penguins’ playoff beards.
As he met with general manager Grant Armstrong, Nolan Patrick had just finished an injury-marred junior season. "I don't think he really ever got himself into a situation where he was 100 percent," the Brandon Wheat Kings GM said in a phone interview last week with CSNPhilly.com. "When we had our exit meetings, he told me he was going to play in the NHL," Armstrong said.
The Detroit Red Wings saw their playoff streak come to an end earlier this spring, but their farm team in Grand Rapids continues its postseason run, qualifying for the Calder Cup final. The Griffins clinched a spot in the championship series with a 4-2 win against the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday. It has been during this playoff run that a trio of prospect forwards seem to have left quite an impression on Detroit’s coaching staff, led by Jeff Blashill.