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Thursday Habs Headlines: Artturi Lehkonen could be due for a breakout in 2017-18

Here are your daily links, including Lehkonen’s ability to step up, filling the Canadiens’ void on defence, top 23 centremen in the NHL, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • After an excellent rookie campaign, Artturi Lehkonen has the potential for an even better year in 2017-18. [Sportsnet]
  • Lehkonen’s work ethic and drive make him a significant threat, and the Habs will continue to benefit from his competitive edge. [The Athletic]
  • Les Canadiennes goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer nabbed the #3 spot on The Ice Garden’s Top 25 Under 25, and she’s ready to get the season started with some shiny new equipment. [The Ice Garden]
  • After losing three veteran defencemen over the summer, how will the Canadiens fill in the gaps on the blue line? [La Presse]
  • Even at camp with the Laval Rocket, Nikita Scherbak still has his sights set on the big league. [The Athletic]
  • Élise Béliveau stopped by the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • By Andrew Berkshire’s metrics, the league’s top centremen aren’t exactly who you’d expect. [Sportsnet]
  • Nic Petan may not have made much of a mark on the NHL yet, but is that because he lacks the ability, or because he hasn’t been given the opportunity? [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • P.K. Subban and Auston Matthews would not participate; Blake Wheeler, Joel Ward, and Wayne Simmonds are supportive. While NHLers are somewhat divided on kneeling during the American national anthem, any who decide to do so will have the support of the NHLPA. [Sportsnet]
  • Erik Karlsson revealed to reporters that half of his ankle bone was removed during surgery. [TSN]
  • Jaromir Jagr will play for his Czech team while he waits for an NHL offer. [SB Nation]
  • Vincent Lecavalier is excited to see his jersey in the rafters in Tampa, next to Martin St. Louis’ number 26. [Raw Charge]
  • Debuted this week at the Hockey Hall of Fame, a new series of stamps featuring Canadian hockey legends:
  • Team Canada GM Sean Burke may be leaning younger as he curates the 2018 Olympic team, especially after a promising performance by young players at the 2017 World Championships. [31 Thoughts]
  • The elusive Paul Kariya sat down to discuss his impending induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. [TSN (Video)]