The Colorado Avalanche may be gearing up for the draft now, but the Stanley Cup playoffs are still in full swing for another few games — and it wouldn’t be a Stanley Cup Final without a controversy or two.
The NHL has already managed to incite more complaints about officiating with the inconsistency displayed throughout the postseason, including a hit in Game 1 by Torey Krug that sparked plenty of discussion online.
Now, as the St. Louis Blues evened up the series to a game apiece with a 3-2 overtime win over Boston at TD Garden, there’s a player injury that could spark even more debate:
Dangerous hit. Hard to believe that this was only a two minute minor, for boarding none the less.— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) May 30, 2019
Hoping Grzelcyk is feeling alright pic.twitter.com/ZuUrpOrcpG
Bruins defender Matt Grzelcyk ended up in the hospital following the hit, which only earned two minutes — so fully expect the comments to come fast and strong as the league awaits Game Three between the two clubs.
Oh, and Boston drew plenty of ire with an ill-fated playoff towel sponsor ahead of Wednesday night’s game, to boot:
Keys to Game 2: Cycle the puck. Pucks in deep. Pucks on net. Thanks to @barstoolsports and @stoolpresidente for tonight’s rally towels. pic.twitter.com/cTcYfJD6L9— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 29, 2019
Barstool has developed a reputation as a Boston-centric sports lifestyle blog, and they have more than enough revenue to sponsor a rally towel in the kind of crucial game that Boston played on Wednesday.
Of course, that entirely overlooks the fact that Barstool has a history of getting into problematic legal situations, which have included everything form incidents of harassment online and stolen work to further their own brand.
The ambiguous and not altogether stellar nature of their presence in the sports world - and their history with women and marginalized groups - made Barstool a surprising choice as a sponsor for a professional sports team in the year 2019. But for the Bruins, the entire ordeal was more than they felt like commenting on:
Official response from the Bruins, via email, regarding their association with Barstool Sports tonight on the rally towels.— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) May 29, 2019
"We will not be commenting on this activation."
For those interested in the inner workings of the NHL draft and how teams prepare, here is an interesting video from inside Vancouver’s scouting meetings:
With the #NHLDraft just a few weeks away, #Canucks scouts and management talk strategy and debate prospects as they finalize their rankings lists. pic.twitter.com/uxWPnKvwun— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) May 29, 2019
Also, what the shit:
We can only hope the entire NHL combine is thrown out into that hallway. pic.twitter.com/js5jxhIoMr— Paul Campbell (@WayToGoPaul) May 29, 2019
In Breckenridge, the Global Goaltending Retreat continued on Wednesday with an incredibly important talk about mental health in sports:
Here we go with Lift The Mask! #MentalHealthAwareness @TheGoalieGuild pic.twitter.com/QZStTCaEIx— Ben Meisner (@ben_meisner) May 30, 2019
In other league-wide prospect news, the Chicago Blackhawks have signed one of their own prospects to a new, entry-level deal ahead of the 2019-20 season. [Second City Hockey]
Finally, ahead of the draft, here’s a cool tidbit about where some of the draft’s up-and-coming prospects and college commits are coming from:
Looking at last 12 months, the top sources of DI players per @collegehockey are:— Jeff Kolcon (@kkolcon) May 29, 2019
1. USHL 192 (players)
2. NAHL 154
3. BCHL 104
4. NE Prep 94
5. AJHL 48
6. MN HS 43
7. NTDP 33
8. OJHL 29
9. IND HS/Prep 26
10. CCHL 25@NAHLHockey @USHL @AJHLcommish @GoBCHL
SB Nation Mock Draft
We have our first surprise as the Buffalo Sabres take a little reach for Cole Caufield.