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Sammi’s Daily: Capitals Prospects, Kadri Update, Kuznetsov Snub?

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Capitals prospect Hendrix Lapierre

With the season quickly approaching, the Washington Capitals are not only eager to see what their roster can do but also has a lot to look forward to when it comes to their prospects.

In other league headlines, NHL free agency remains alive and well, and the Nazem Kadri situation could finally have some answers sooner rather than later. The NHL Network also released its list of top-20 centers, leading to quite a bit of debate.

Here are the latest news and notes from D.C. and across the NHL:

Washington Capitals Links

  • Oskar Magnusson has stepped up big time at World Juniors, as he had a goal and received player of the game honors for Sweden against fellow Capitals prospect Haakon Hanelt and Germany. (WHN)
  • The NHL Network shared its list of top-20 centers heading into 2022-23, and Evgeny Kuznetsov was among quite a few notable absences. (WHN)
  • Hendrix Lapierre still has his sights set on the NHL this season and has been showcasing his speed and moves in the offseason. (WHN)
  • Washington is also seeing another DMV native join the organization, as Potomac-born forward and Little Caps alum Sam Anas signs with the Hershey Bears. (WHN)

NHL Links

  • Per reports, Kadri to the New York Islanders is getting closer and appears very likely, but it may come down to the wire — and here’s why. (NYIHN)
  • Calgary Flames star Jonathan Huberdeau has pledged to donate his brain to science for continued research on traumatic brain injuries, concussions and mental health. (CHN)
  • Speaking of the Flames, here’s how Johnny Gaudreau has been doing since leaving Calgary to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets. (NHL.com)
  • High praise continues for Montreal Canadiens‘ first-overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky. (MHN)

Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes

  • Eleven years ago yesterday, the hockey world lost Rick Rypien. His memory and legacy carry on, and he’s still in our thoughts. It’s okay to ask for help.

  • Also yesterday: former Capitals forward and NHL All-Star Brendan Morrison turned 47.
  • Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Roberto Luongo are center stage at the Hockey Hall of Fame, as all three former Vancouver Canucks are set to be inducted as part of this year’s Class of 2022.

  • The World Juniors quarterfinals kick off Wednesday. Magnusson and Sweden will face Latvia and Hanelt and Germany will take on Finland.
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