NHL Morning Links - Sept. 25
September, 25, 2013
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN.com
In-house, Craig Custance gives Neil Greenberg's Top 25 under 25 list a good combing over, with input from general managers and scouts from around the league.
Fresh off signing a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, forward Mason Raymond is favored to play a top-six role to start the season. The speedy and versatile skater is pegged to fill in on the right side of center Nazem Kadri on the Leafs' second line in place of David Clarkson (suspended 10 regular-season games for leaving the bench during Sunday's brawl between the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres). Clarkson is still eligible to compete through the remainder of September. Meanwhile, the league has suspended Leafs forward Phil Kessel three preseason games for taking a few hacks at John Scott with his stick during Sunday's brouhaha.
After cracking Sam Gagner's jaw, Zack Kassian won't have much opportunity to take it easy during his eight-game suspension. The Vancouver Canucks plan to whip the young winger into shape in the gym during his recess from competitive play ("... gives us the chance to really nail him as far as conditioning ..." -- coach John Tortorella). Alex Burrows fills in for Kassian on the top line with the Sedins in the meantime.