Wednesday Habs Headlines: Jesperi Kotkaniemi flying high

In today’s links, all eyes are still on Kotkaniemi after his pre-season debut, Nicolas Deslauriers will be out indefinitely, perhaps opening a door for Matthew Peca, and has the “C” lost its importance in the modern NHL?

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi gives Habs fans a reason to smile ... [Montreal Gazette]
  • ... and has passed his first test with flying colours. [Sportsnet]
  • The young Finn has been a master at proving himself at the earliest opportunity... [The Athletic]
  • ...but should the young Finn make the NHL jump this season? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Marc Bergevin insists that he doesn’t read the newspapers. [Montreal Gazette]
  • ICYMI: Nicolas Deslauriers will be out indefinitely following a facial fracture. [Montreal Canadiens|EOTP]
  • Matthew Peca is excited about a chance to move up the depth chart. [Sportsnet]
  • The Florida Panthers are bringing the big guns to their exhibition game Wednesday night against the Habs. [RDS]
  • Les Canadiennes have announced their preseason schedule [Twitter: Part I|Part II]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Close to one-third of NHL teams will enter this season without a captain. [Sportsnet]
  • Connor McDavid is chasing an Art Ross three-peat this season. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Corey Pronman ranks all the teams in the NHL by their U23 core. [The Athletic]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the start of a donation drive for Hurricane Florence recovery. [Canes Country]
  • George McPhee opens up on how Vadim Shipachyov turned from prized acquisition to the franchise’s first bust. [TSN]
  • Elliotte Friedman sheds some more light on the Jake Dotchin release./
  • The NHL is sending in Wayne Gretzky to try and win fans in China. [New York Times]
  • With Canada not having defeated the United States in a major final since the 2014 Olympics, Gina Kingsbury has been tasked with restoring the WNT program as the dominant power in women’s hockey. [The Athletic]/

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