Comparing the respective youth cores of the Oilers and Avalanche, Mark Stone looks to move up in the Senators roster, and former Canadien Mathieu Darche puts his business degree to good use.

Do the Oilers or Avalanche have a better young core?

Do the Oilers or Avalanche have a better young core?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis compares the Oilers youth core with that of the Colorado Avalanche. He gives the Avalanche the edge in depth at center and two-way forwards, but believes the Oilers have more scoring potential and the best player of the bunch in Taylor Hall. Willis considers the goaltending about even but likes the Oilers defensive potential.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I believe both clubs are top-heavy in scoring forwards, possess average goaltending and lack quality defensive depth.  This season will be a crucial one in the development of both rosters, especially in how they address their weaknesses.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: 21-year-old Senators winger Mark Stone hopes to move up the club’s depth chart this season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former Canadiens forward Mathieu Darche, who retired from the NHL in February, has become “director of business development and public relations for Lachine-headquartered Delmar International Inc., a global giant in freight forwarding and customs brokerage.” Darche, 36, has an international business degree from McGill University.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I love stories like this about former players going on to better things when their playing days end. Congratulations to Darche and all the best in his future endeavors.