GM: B-plus. It’ll take a few years before we know if GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s decision to trade Patrik Laine to the Blue Jackets for Dubois was a win. We have to see what Dubois does for the rest of the season in Winnipeg. We have to see if Laine can find a more complete game. We also have to see if acquiring a center for the Jets’ most desirable young asset was smarter than, say, making their version of the Ryan Johansen-for-Seth Jones trade and landing a defenseman instead. Beyond that, the Stastny reacquisition has paid off so far.
Donato could get another chance at center as well, depending on the Sharks’ health ahead of their next game. The 24-year-old now has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 30 games, and he’s on pace to set a new career high in points.Arizona Coyotes NHL Design Face Masks
With D Noah Dobson still out due to COVID-19 protocol, Hickey played in his first NHL game for the Islanders since the 2019 playoffs. He had three assists while appearing in 14 games for Bridgeport of the AHL last season.San Jose Sharks NHL Design Face Masks
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Owners Terry and Kim Pegula want to win, and hopefully this latest season of disappointment triggers some soul-searching. The Pegulas listened to league recommendations on hires during their first few years in the league, but when they didn’t work out, they decided to go with people they knew (hence, why Kevyn Adams, the longtime Sabres employee, got the GM nod). But Adams needs help, and it appears his first order of business is hiring an assistant GM. As I wrote last week, the Sabres have serious challenges; their scouting department was ravaged by cuts during the pandemic. They have yet to fill a lot of those positions, and they plan to lean heavily on video scouting this draft cycle.Vancouver Canucks NHL Design Face Masks
Calvin de Haan of the Chicago Blackhawks skates the puck against the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on Feb. 7, 2021, in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Rangers bench erupted before Zibanejad got there to celebrate his unassisted goal and seventh of the season after a rough start. Brett Howden sealed it with an empty-netter with 28 seconds left.
Class president: Brady Tkachuk. The team’s leading scorer, he’s consistently good and getting over 20 minutes in ice time with some regularity. He’s continued to be one of the NHL’s most prolific shooters, leading the league with 141 shots on goal in 33 games.New York Islanders NHL Design Face Masks