TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were the development of Connor McDavid, NHL players in the Olympics, the latest ownership news for the Coyotes and Ilya Bryzgalov's future in Philadelphia.
With the way he's dominating the U-18 tournament, what are the scouts saying about Connor McDavid, who will only be draft eligible in 2015?
Bob McKenzie: The NHL scouts knew this season that when they saw McDavid play as a 15-year-old in the OHL with the Erie Otters that he was a special player. They said that right off the hop, but what McDavid is doing now at the Under 18's is almost unprecedented with the creativity and the skills that he's showing. A scout watching McDavid told me that if he was available in this year's draft, that they would select him ahead of Seth Jones, Nate MacKinnon or anybody else. He's got that type of upside and potential.
How is Canada's team for the Senior Men's World Championship shaping up?
Pierre LeBrun: General manager Steve Yzerman is working the phones and I don't think Canada will have a problem filling the net in Stockholm when the championship begins. Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux and the Staal brothers, Jordan and Eric could be among the players up front. On defence is where the team could use some help as only Brian Campbell and Luke Schenn have committed to the team. Brayden Coburn, Justin Schultz, and perhaps Stephane Robidas could get the call.
In goal, only Devan Dubnyk has confirmed, but I would guess that Phoenix Coyote Mike Smith will also be contacted. Shea Weber will not suit up for Canada.
What is the latest on NHLers in the Olympics?
LeBrun: All the groups involved in the negotiation, the NHL, NHLPA, the IIHF and the IOC continue to discuss some of the issues that all parties face. The sides are making progress particularly when it comes to some of the promotional issues that the NHL and NHLPA had, the use of the Olympic logo, and some of the other content usage that both the NHL and NHLPA would use on their various platforms. While there has been progress, there is no announcement imminent and there are still issues that are unresolved like insurance and some of the finances.
What's the latest with the ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes?
Darren Dreger: Some say there's a chance a deal could be signed as early as next week. We've been down this road before. It's a combined bit with Ice Edge Holdings and George Gosbee that seems to be the front runner for the moment. There are a lot of negotiations necessary with the stadium and the lease. The NHL won't put a timeline on the process at this point.
Could Canada go back to the past for their head coach for the World Junior team that hasn't won in three years?
McKenzie: One of the names on the list for consideration by Hockey Canada is Brent Sutter, who has never lost a game behind the bench at the World Juniors. Hockey Canada has yet to contact Sutter, but he's indicated to me that he would welcome and consider the opportunity to coach Canada again. The coaching decision isn't expected until late May or early June.
Will the Philadelphia Flyers buy out goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov?
Dreger: Pierre LeBrun spoke with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and was informed that Bryzgalov wouldn't be bought out this off-season. There is a rift between coach Peter Laviolette and Bryzgalov, but there doesn't appear to be a coaching change so it's up to both men to work out their issues.