- One thing is in the mind of every fan of the Minnesota Wild: Did Zach Parise really design a hat? [Hockey Wilderness]
- Next up on our Top 25 Under 25 ranking is 21-year-old forward Connor Dewar making the No. 13 spot. [Hockey Wilderness]
Off the trail...
- An entire division in the East Coast Hockey League is not going to partake in the 2020-21 season. The players that are on exclusive contracts with those six teams — not the prospects signed to two-way deals, or players on AHL contracts that were sent down — have no essentially become free agents and are scrambling, reportedly.
More on the ECHL situation - Expect the entire North Division to cease operations for the season. That's Adirondack, Brampton, Maine, Newfoundland, Reading and Worcester. Official announcement expected around 2ET.— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) November 18, 2020
- Speaking of players not knowing where they are going to play, Barrie Colts defenseman and top prospect for the 2021 NHL Draft, Brandt Clarke was set to join Väsby IK of the Swedish Hockey Allsvenskan and it looked like it would be a full-season transfer. Meaning that Clarke would not be returning to Barrie, even if the OHL started their season. Of course, the Colts took offense to this and made sure that the transfer did not take place, since the player already has a contract in his home league. Dramatics.
Reg Brandt Clarke: Like we reported yesterday, the contract that was signed with Väsby IK was for the full season. HockeyCanada made the Swedish federation aware that Clarke had an existing OHL contract, rendering the contract invalid since he can only play in Sweden on loan. 1/2 https://t.co/AYHBq3lq4Z— Eliteprospects (@eliteprospects) November 18, 2020
- San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl had offseason knee surgery to heal an existing injury, but it looks like he will still be able to start the season on time. [The Athletic]
- Down Goes Brown explains why ten teams that are slated to be bad in the upcoming season, can actually be good. [The Athletic]
- New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin is enjoying the spotlight in the Big Apple, with his latest Esquire photoshoot. [ProHockeyTalk]