The Sportsnet NHL analyst and thinker of 31 Thoughts considers two teams on the cusp of the beginning or the end. It's too dramatic to say we're hearing the death knell of the Blackhawks, and the Edmonton Oilers don't see themselves as bad as their record. Canucks prospect Adam Gaudette does not need another year in the NCAA. He discusses Chris Tanev and when a player risks becoming a "declining asset" for a club.
The author of 31 Thoughts on Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman joins Andrew Walker and Scott Rintoul to preview the NHL trade deadline and speculate what may happen to whom and where. He has not specifically heard of any teams that are kicking the tires on the Canucks' Ben Hutton, but he does believe there is interest depending on what Vancouver is prepared to do with that. Between the Canucks and the Maple Leafs, Toronto has an interest in veteran d-man such as Chris Tanev, that is no secret. What happens next and when it happens, remains to be seen.
Joining Andrew Walker and Dan Riccio, the author of 31 Thoughts Elliotte Friedman is watching the Calder contenders and his forerunner has cycled from Clayton Keller, then Brock Boeser and now the guy is Mathew Barzal but the debate is far from settled. "I still say this -- McAvoy is going to be the interesting one." He may not have the same numbers, but he's a rookie defenceman in the conversation. He describes how a smart GM "tampers" as a form of due diligence, what Canucks fans have to care about, and George Parros getting "thrown a grenade."