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Deep Blue Sea: Gushchin does the Michigan

Plus Chara’s sticks get sent to New Jersey, COVID shuts down the NWHL bubble and more in today’s news and notes.

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Things might suck for the San Jose Sharks right now, but at least they did the 2020 NHL Draft right — right? It’s not the best of comforts, but the team has a handful of prospects worth getting excited over, showing that maybe things won’t be bad in Bay Area hockey forever.

Two Sharks forwards from the 2020 draft are playing in my neck of the woods. First, there’s Thomas Bordeleau, a second-round pick who has five goals and 13 assists for the University of Michigan Wolverines. The freshman is leading the team in assists and tied for points leader with another rookie, Kent Johnson. Bordeleau is still working out his game, but for Michigan, a team that’s struggled with their stars routinely leaving after one or two years, he’s been a surprise.

Then there’s Daniil Gushchin, playing for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL, where’s scoring 1.46 points per game. This is his third year in the league, though he’s on loan until the OHL begins their season (it was slated to begin today, but has been on indefinite hold since the end of December). He’s currently fourth in the league with 38 points in 26 games and eighth in points per game.

Oh yeah, and he did The Michigan (don’t you dare call it a lacrosse goal) on Sunday. It was pretty sick:

News & Notes

Blood in the Water

  • The NWHL COVID shutdown is another reminder of how risky sports are right now [USA Today]
  • Transcript: NWHL media availability on the suspension of the 2021 season [The Ice Garden]
  • Zdeno Chara’s hockey sticks sent to New Jersey man’s house [ESPN]
  • Doug Armstrong named GM of 2022 Canadian Olympic team [NBC Sports]
  • Minnesota Wild postpone games through Tuesday [ESPN]
  • Duncan Keith’s viral Corsi joke raises interesting point about value of NHL’s proxy stats [Chicago Sun Times]
  • Why the NHL should change its scoring system [NBC Sports Philadelphia]
  • Rangers will be 1st NHL team to host PWHPA game [TheScore]
  • Most NHL teams using 2 goalies to get through pandemic play [NBC Sports]
  • 2021 NHL Awards Watch: The way-too-early rundown of Hart, Norris, Calder, Vezina and the rest [ESPN+]

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