NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/13/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 13, 2014
Now that we’ve reached the middle of the week, we’re starting to see a few happenings in the NHL. The transactions and headlines continue to trickle in on a daily basis, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there right now.
Sharks Outlook: The San Jose Sharks were able to sniff postseason glory from their rival (and eventual champion) Los Angeles Kings last season, coming just one game from eliminating them all together. Since then, the word “rebuild” has been thrown around a lot in San Jose, even though it doesn’t really make much sense on the surface.
Sure, the Sharks had their collective foot on the Kings’ necks and ended up losing three games in a row to get bounced from the playoffs, but in hindsight calmer heads are starting to prevail.
San Jose didn’t do much on the free agent market, electing simply to re-sign most of their own players and pick up a few depth adds here and there. That means we’ll likely see more of the same from them in 2014-15. Three players to keep an eye on are Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who should be taking on increased responsibilities and leadership roles as the team looks to avenge their postseason heartbreak.
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Draisaitl Signs: The Oilers were active yesterday, inking center and No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft Leon Draisaitl to a three-year, entry-level deal. The team didn’t announce the financial terms.
With his selection this year, Draisaitl became the highest-drafted player ever to come from a German training background. Last season with the Price Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League he posted 38 goals and 105 points over a stretch of just 64 games. And remember--he’s just 18 years old.
Draisaitl says that he’s aiming toward making the team this season, which wouldn’t be unprecedented in the Oilers organization. Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall all joined the roster right after getting picked up in the draft.
With Sam Gagner gone, there’s a conspicuous hole down the middle, and Draisaitl can jump right in and fill it. We’re betting that’s just what happens.
NHL Daily Schedule: The league action will be picking back up again on Wednesday, October 8. Let’s check out the schedule for that evening and see what we can expect on opening night.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
10:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the remaining 2014 off-season calendar. There’s been quite a bit of action keeping us occupied so far, and we’ve still got more to look forward to.
Mid-September: Training camps begin
October 8: First games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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