On Saturday, the NHL returned to play after a two-day absence to focus on much more important things like tackling social injustice and having Black Lives Matter. The disappointing response from the NHL on this has been well documented, particularly on this blog here and here.
For Ottawa Senators fans, it has been another quiet week in hockey news this endless offseason. Will we soon hear of a new captain? Will the Senators one day officially release their new logo and new jersey? Will the Los Angeles Kings confirm that they are taking Tim Stützle second overall so we can flatter ourselves with Quinton Byfield?
None of these things are going to happen anytime soon. In fact, it’s increasingly likely that they’ll all perform closer, if not at draft level.
Ryan Reaves spoke to Scott Oake, continuing the conversation about supporting his teammates and fellow NHL members while acknowledging that these few days in the NHL alone won’t change anything – that will be what happens at the future that will be the most important.
- Josh bell at The Hockey Writers posted an updated ranking of the NHL’s Top 100 Prospects last week. Although it had a number of Senators, the interesting thing to note is the number of people who rank in the mid to late levels of this ranking. Drake batherson ranks highest at 18, while Logan Brown (43), Alex Formenton (44) and Josh norris (55) are the next highest. It shows how important the 2020 NHL Entry Draft will be for the Ottawa Senators, as it will certainly help the club attract true revolutionary talent.
- The Dallas Stars surprise the hockey world by increasing their lead over the top-flight Colorado Avalanche three games to one. It doesn’t feel like the Stars are the better team by any means, but four games into the series, they have Nathan MacKinnon and his Avs up against a wall. Are the Stars the real deal or will they be an easy matchup for, possibly, the Vegas Golden Knights in the next round?
- Russian prospect Vitali Kravstov joins the wave of hopes abroad as he was officially loaned out to KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk. start until December. Lassi Thomson remains the Senators’ only prospect so far to be loaned to a club outside of North America.
- Bruce Garrioch once again dismissed the “ridiculous notion” that the Senators would move their top two picks in the 2020 Draft in an article he wrote last week. While there is nothing too new to report in this article, it’s interesting that Garrioch notes that Lucas Raymond, in particular “might do the trick” for the Senses. Is it a random guess? Did Garrioch hear it directly from Pierre Dorion? Or Melnyk?
- Brand Pierre was at it again, scoring an incredible goal and giving the NHL another taste of how much this guy love the game.
That’s it for your Monday edition of Links, News and Notes. As we get closer to September, we’ll get closer and closer to the news that Senators fans will be more and more in love with … we hope.