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The Daily: Kessel in Mix to Be PHWL GM; Pens Hire Quinn

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Amanda Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins Special Assistant to the GM Amanda  Kessel is in discussions about the possibility of becoming the general manager of the PHWL’s Minnesota franchise.

Kessel, 32, was also drafted in the seventh round of the PHWL draft by Montreal.  She would have been drafted much higher had she not been in consideration to go into management. The Sister of Phil Kessel, Amanda has long been a noteworthy scorer in the women’s game.

Minnesota recently fired general manager Natalie Darwitz after the team won the league championship

In other Penguins news, the team seems to be on the verge of hiring former San Jose and New York Rangers coach David Quinn as an assistant on Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan’s staff. The Athletic originally reported the story.

One interesting layer to the hiring is that Quinn was San Jose’s coach when Erik Karlsson had an exceptional season.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Tim Robinson looks at who the Red Wings should have drafted in the years when they swung and missed on a pick in the first two rounds. They should have drafted smallish Michigan native Alex DeBrincat one year.

Oddly, the Red Wings have missed on two second-round picks recently and hit on seventh-round picks Carter Gylander (2021) and Emmitt Finnie (2023).

Paywall story: Bob Duff ranks the Red Wings’ goaltending prospects. No surprise that Sebastian Cossa is No. 1. He provides his analysis on all five of the prospects. To become a subscriber, click here.To receive a $10 discount on a yearly subscription, use the promo code Bob10.

Red Wings Offseason

How important are faceoffs? Answer: Seventeen of 32 teams had faceoff percentages of 50% or better, and 13 of those teams made the playoffs.  The Red Wings (50.6%) were one of four who didn’t qualify for the playoffs.

Hockey Now Network

Florida: How the Florida Panthers will look without Sasha Barkov in Game 3. Florida Panthers. 

Montreal: Habs’ fans are wondering if Ivan Demidov might slide to Montreal at No. 5 at the NHL draft.  Montreal Canadiens. 

Philadelphia: The Flyers are also wondering if he might be there at No. 7. He’s a friend of Philadelphia premium prospect Matvei Michkov. Philadelphia Flyers. 

 

 

 

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