Predlines Morning Skate: NHL Thoughts

Ding dong A Look Around is gone. Welcome to Predlines Morning Skate. In this new series we will not only bring you NHL Links, and news. We will also let you know what we think about the articles we linked. Lets Skate.

Union and Blue: Praying to the “Hockey God’s” is something most fans have done at one time or another. But, the Columbus Blue Jackets may not need a prayer to make the NHL Playoffs this year. After last season the Blue Jackets showed that they have the team to make a hard charge. The realignment may be just the what the Dr. ordered for Columbus. I can see a wildcard spot in their future.

Blackhawk Up: The Chicago Blackhawks did not have any scoring problems last season. During the lockout shorted regular season the Blackhawks light the lamp 149 times. Second only to the Pittsburgh Penguins who managed to score 162 goals in 48 games. As much as this pains I don’t see the Blackhawks slowing down this coming season.

Too Many Men On The Site: What to do, what to do? The Toronto Maple Leafs need to figure out if their number 1 pick is NHL ready. At 19 years old Morgan Rielly is stuck in no mans land. He has skill, but he may not have NHL skill yet. Toronto can give him a trial run in the NHL, but there is a 10 game limit to that. After the 10th the Maple Leafs burn the first year on his contract.  I think they should look at what the Buffalo Sabres did last year, and do the opposite. The Sabres had the same problem with Mikhail Grigorenko. They decided to keep him in Buffalo only to send him back to the  Quebec Remparts-QMJHL.

Patrick Helper is the Editor of and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @helper_sports. For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH 


Topics: Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Nhl News, Toronto Maple Leafs

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