Wednesday Chum Bucket: Logan Couture is good at hockey

  • Logan Couture scored two goals and added an assist as HC Geneva trampled the Lakers 8-1 in Swiss League action yesterday. Geneva is currently ranked 1st in Switzerland's top-tier league. [National League A]
  • Couture was also tabbed as the 3rd-best player in the NHL under the age of 25 in Neil Greenberg's annual (and always contentious) "Top 25 Under 25" ranking for ESPN. Notable omissions to the list include Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan McDonagh, who were apparently left off due to their lack of a track record as well as Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban, who were apparently left off because Neil hates the Canadiens. [Puck Daddy]
  • Kevin Kurz talks to James Sheppard about his future with the Sharks organization, both in Worcester and San Jose, now that he's feeling healthy again. [CSN Bay Area]
  • Former Shark Ian White will be a critical piece of the Red Wings defense this season. If there is a season. [Backhand Shelf]
  • With rumors surfacing that the league would consider using replacement players in the event of a prolonged lockout, it's time to put would-be scabs through the rigors of training camp. [Down Goes Brown]
  • League-wide goaltender save percentage has been rising steadily since the last work stoppage. Eric T. examines why. [NHL Numbers]
  • Finally, in case you missed it, a KHL game featuring Alex Ovechkin and Zdeno Chara was broadcast on ESPN2 yesterday which is more exposure than the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader has given the NHL in over eight years. Predictably, the coverage itself, which included Barry Melrose describing the Soviet Union in the present tense and explaining that a controversial goal would be reviewed in Toronto, was more entertaining than the game. [Puck Daddy]