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Prospects are Doing Things!

2017 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Good morning PPPers. The WJSS has brought some much needed Leafs prospects action into our lives and That’s a Good Thing. Unfortunately, the next games aren’t until tomorrow. Meanwhile, at 8:00 am you will learn the next player on our T25U25. Mr 22, if you will.

ICYMI

2017 Top 25 Under 25 #23: Eemeli Rasanen - Pension Plan Puppets
The towering Leafs’ second-rounder makes his T25 debut.

Timothy Liljegren impresses, but Sweden falls 3-2 to USA - Pension Plan Puppets
Timothy Liljegren played as advertised as an impressive skater and puck carrier in front of the Leafs’ brass.

Joseph Woll looking to cement his place on Team USA for a second year - Pension Plan Puppets
Woll wants another chance at the WJC. One gold medal wasn’t enough.

Women’s Hockey Wednesday: South Korea takes a step forward - Pension Plan Puppets
Olympic prep kicks off, CWHL Draft updates, NWHL signings and news from all over.

Eemeli Rasanen also Did A Thing yesterday in the game against Canada. Presented without comment:

Around the League

Report: Sabres, Eichel deal could be for 8-year max - Die By The Blade
The Sabres are trying to lock up their best player for the NHL maximum eight years.

NJ Devils Announce Patrik Elias’s Number Retirement Date - All About The Jersey
Number 26 will join 3, 4, 27, and 30 up in the rafters of the Prudential Center. The Devils are set to retire Elias’s signature 26 on February 24, 2018 before a game against the New York Islanders.

Karmanos: Term sheet in place for Carolina Hurricanes’ sale to Greenberg - Canes Country
Time’s ticking for Chuck Greenberg to pony up to Peter Karmanos’ asking price to purchase the Canes, and single-game tickets go on sale beginning August 22.

Calvin de Haan, New York Islanders Agree to...1-Year Deal - Lighthouse Hockey
The sides avoid arbitration but increase the likelihood of parting ways in the near future.

Has Marc Bergevin’s Ego Jeopardized the Habs’ Shot at a Stanley Cup? - Winging It In Motown
Did I clip this entirely because of the headline? You bet!

Other News

I didn’t get to include it in the actual WHW post because it happened later in the day, but I broke women’s hockey twitter yesterday:

That would be 2016 World Championship hero for the US, current US Women’s National Team member and 2016-17 NWHL assist leader, Alex Carpenter. Possibly coming to a CWHL playoff game near you!