Toronto's top prospects skated together on Wednesday before travelling to Traverse City for the prospect tournament between themselves, Detroit, Columbus, and Dallas. The roster was released on Tuesday, which you can find on our front page.
Matthew Knies, who I guess is still a prospect, is heading to the tournament to probably be the best player over the weekend. He'll have to fight Adam Fantili and Logan Stankoven for that honour, though. Knies spoke to the media yesterday about his concussion during the playoffs and shared who his childhood hockey idol was. You'll never guess, but maybe not surprised if you know who McDavid's favourite player was growing up.
Yup, Knies idol was Mikkel Boedker! The 33-year-old retired this past summer after 12 seasons in the NHL, including eight seasons with Phoenix/Arizona. He played his last three years in the Swiss and Swedish leagues. If there was a chance to get Boedker in the Leafs organization, would you do it?
Lance Hornby wrote about Roni Hirvonen returning from a concussion at Leafs dev camp, the two Russian players who won't leave each other's side, and revealed the opening pairing of Minten-Knies. Or as I like to call it, new Nylander-Hyman.
Parkdale Arena is going to get a new look to honour Pat Quinn, including renaming it to Pat Quinn Arena, this Saturday.
Ilya Samsonov is going to wear an homage to CuJo's mask. Thoughts?
The PWHL has released details for the PWHL Draft on Monday. It'll start at 1pm and be streamed on CBC Sports in Canada. It's being primarily sponsored by Canadian Tire. I'll have a deeper article on the Eligibility List that was released as well, including who I think Toronto will take 2nd and 8th overall.
In a story full of men with ulterior motives, the NHLPA is investigating the Babcock locker room allegations. Will the truth come out? Place your bets.
Richard Hunter, father of London Knights owners Mark and Dale, passed away on Wednesday.
The Stanley Cup is heading down under!