The Hlinka Gretzky Cup continued yesterday in the Czech Republic with the semifinal matchups. Team Canada edged Sweden 3-2 in their matchup, but the story was 2020 draft eligible Cole Perfetti. The young sniper has turned heads this summer with his performances in the World Junior Summer Showcase and Hlinka. His stock has risen quite a bit. More on the young star in a moment. Here are the top stories from around the NHL on Saturday, August 9th.
Cole Perfetti scored five times in Team Canada’s 3-2 victory over Sweden at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup yesterday afternoon. The young sniper scored a pair of goals in regulation, then three times in the shootout as Canada won 3-2. Perfetti, who plays for Saginaw of the OHL, is making quite a name for himself. (NHL.com)
Are the Boston Bruins angling for a bridge deal with RFA D Charlie McAvoy? Our very own Jimmy Murphy has the latest on the situation with Boston’s top remaining unsigned free agent. (Boston Hockey Now +)
The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect system has been decimated over the years thanks to trades and low picks as the team competes for the Cup. The cupboard isn’t totally bare, however. Our colleague Dan Kingerski takes a look at the bottom half of Pittsburgh’s top ten prospects. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Edmonton Oilers have made a habit out of drafting players that decide to take the college route of development. Has that paid off for the club? (Lowetide.ca)