August is nearing, and the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t made a trade or signing to replace Nick Bonino, their outstanding (but former) third-line center. On the bright side, the Penguins have remarkable breathing room considering their status as repeat Stanley Cup champions. “I do feel confident that, by the start of the season, we’re going to have a third-line center that we’re comfortable with,” Rutherford said.
The San Jose Sharks announced today that they will host the 2017 Prospect Showcase event at their practice facility in San Jose on September 9-12th. Joining them will be last year's showcase participants the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche. New to the tournament this year will be the Arizona Coyotes, who previously had joined the LA Kings for their prospect events. Each of the four teams will play one full game against eachother in a round robin style over the four days. The Avalanche schedule is as follows: September 9th: COL vs SJ, 4pm September 11th: COL vs ARZ, 7pm September 12th: COL vs ANH, 12pm Ticket information and rosters will be revealed at a later date. This event was great fun
With their 2017 selections, Colorado called a lot of names to feel good about. But they haven’t selected this much top-end blueline talent in a long time. Cale Makar (1st round) and Conor Timmins (2nd) may end up bellwethers for this organization’s ability to develop defenders—something they have struggled with mightily. The Avalanche selecting three defenders in this draft isn’t a particularly new thing. They’ve done so more often than not in the last ten years, with the most notable exception being the catastrophic 2012 class, which featured nothing but forwards who have combined for exactly 1 NHL game played. But this is the first time in that ten-year period they have taken defenders with