In today’s collection of notable NHL Canadian team news: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins makes his case to stay with the Oilers…Jarome Iginla hoping to overcome a slow start to this season…Opportunities exist for Canucks defensemen to replace Christian Ehrhoff…Erik Karlsson showing growth as defenseman…Jets fans travel to Phoenix…Leafs erased two-goal deficit to defeat Flames…Canadiens fall to Avalanche in shootout.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted his first career hat trick as the Oilers fell to the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only three games into the season, and Nugent-Hopkins is making a strong case to remain with the club. He looked very comfortable centering the Oilers first line, and is currently the leading rookie goal-scorer, second in rookie points, and leads the Oilers in goals and points.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames captain Jarome Iginla is trying to overcome a slow start to this season, which was compounded by his missing training camp to back spasms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla is traditionally a slow starter and missing preseason action didn’t help.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Five games into this season and it’s not yet clear which Canucks defenseman will step up and fill the absence of Christian Ehrhoff, who was dealt away this summer when the club was unable to re-sign him prior to his eligibility for UFA status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll come down to Dan Hamhuis or Keith Ballard, and it’s going to take some time to fill the void.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson is showing real growth as an NHL defenseman.
WINNIPEG SUN: A number of Winnipeg fans were in attendance in Phoenix to watch their new club take on the former Jets, now the Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sadly, the new Jets didn’t give those fans much to cheer about, dropping their third straight game 4-1 to the Coyotes.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs shook off the rust of their recent layoff to overcome a two-goal deficit in beating the visiting Calgary Flames 3-2.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens fell to the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 in a shootout in a wild game at the Bell Centre on Saturday.