30/09/2020

NHL.com sits down with multiple skaters to talk fantasy hockey storylines at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

NHL.com sits down with multiple skaters to talk fantasy hockey storylines at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game.COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Defenseman Seth Jones on the value of goalies Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins moving forward and how Merzlikins is making a case for this to be a timeshare once Korpisalo returns.
“Yea [Merzlikins] is. I don’t think it’s gonna be a competition, but I think whoever’s hot will play, in my opinion. Obviously that’s not up to me to decide; my job is just to go out and play my game. But we’re confident in whichever goalie is in the net. Both goalies make big saves for us and have grown a tremendous amount this year.”
Video: WPG@CBJ: Merzlikins makes save on Laine
DETROIT RED WINGS
Forward Tyler Bertuzzi on the emergence of Robby Fabbri after he was acquired from the St. Louis Blues
“I played with [Fabbri] in Guelph [of the Ontario Hockey League] and knew when we traded for him that we were gonna get a really good hockey player that worked hard. He’s shown that he can be a really good NHL hockey player, and that trade was awesome for us. I think he’ll keep growing — he’s still young — and as our team develops and gets older, he’s gonna be a big key for us.
Bertuzzi on defenseman Filip Hronek’s upside for the rest of the season
“[Hronek] is for sure one of the best young defensemen in the League right now. He’s shown it this year so far and he’s only gonna get better, he’s gonna get stronger and faster and more experience. He’s so young right now and, with what he’s doing, I can only imagine when he gets a little bit older.”
MONTREAL CANADIENS
Shea Weber on the addition of fellow veteran Ilya Kovalchuk and how his impact goes beyond the scoresheet
“[Kovalchuk] has been a great addition. Obviously statistically he’s doing well; he’s putting up numbers. But he’s been a great guy in the locker room. I played against him and knew what he was like on the ice but didn’t know what he was like off the ice. Nothing but good things to say about him.”
Video: MTL@PHI: Kovalchuk cleans up rebound for PPG
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Goalie Tristan Jarry on valuable rookie defenseman John Marino:
“He’s played exceptional this year. For him to step up right out of college has been huge for us. he’s been a great shutdown D-man and has put up a lot of points for us. He’s somebody I think we rely on and that I trust in front of me.”
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Center Tomas Hertl on goalie Aaron Dell’s consistency as the No. 1 goalie
“It’s a tough season for us, but Aaron is amazing. He wins some games for us and at least if we don’t win the game, he keeps it close. He’s been really good for us. I’m really happy for him. I wish for us players to help both our goalies because I think for even for [Jones] and [Dell] we kind of let [the opponent] score a couple easy goals. I think we should be better for them. When the team is better, the goalies always look better too. I wish we can do that for our goalies and help them out.”
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Frederik Andersen on injuries to Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin and the opportunity ahead for rookie defenseman Rasmus Sandin
“Of course [Sandin] has looked great in the first couple of games. I think he’s a great talent, but Jake and Morgan are a big part of our team and very experienced defensemen so obviously it’s gonna hurt a bit but it’s gonna open up some chances for other guys to get bigger roles. He’s gonna get a shot to play a little bit more and develop as well as a player. We can’t be down about it and just continue to work. The guys who are healthy can carry the team.”
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Goalie Jacob Markstrom on defenseman Quinn Hughes’s impressive rookie season
“His confidence [is most impressive]. He doesn’t get stressed out. You see him off the ice. He’s so calm and his confidence is huge with the puck. Tight situations against star players, nothing changes for him. He’s just playing his game and having fun doing it.”
Hughes on defenseman Alexander Edler’s impact on the young Canucks roster and hidden value
“Edler’s awesome. He’s been a great leader for us. He’s played 14 years and has got the most points and goals for a defenseman in Canucks history, so he’s done a lot. I feel like you have to watch him a lot to appreciate him for how good he is and I’ve done that. He’s so smart and really good defensively. [Tyler] Myers has been a great addition, and [Christopher] Tanev as a ‘D’ partner has been tremendous.”
Video: SJS@VAN: Hughes scores through screen in front
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Forward Max Pacioretty on playing with veteran center Paul Stastny and why he changes lines so often
“I always want to play with him and everyone always wants to play with him, but that’s the selfish side of me. The reason he switches lines is because he’s so versatile. If someone goes down or needs to get going, they seem to always put Stastny in that spot because he’s so easy to play with and takes care of things in his own end — he’s responsible. And then when you go on the offensive side of things, he has that poise to make the play. He’s a very unselfish player. I’m playing with him right now but oftentimes when things get changed, it’s not on him it’s because he’s so versatile. You can plug him into different situations, get minutes on the penalty kill and the power play. Guys like that are very valuable to an organization and that’s why we’re so thankful that we have him.”
Pacioretty on Chandler Stephenson’s surprising season after being acquired from the Washington Capitals
“[Stephenson] has definitely been a really pleasant surprise. Didn’t know as much about him; I definitely knew who he was and that he’s a good player but he didn’t have the opportunity — was stuck behind some players with a different organization. He’s a versatile player just like Stastny but brings a little bit of a different element; he relies on his speed a lot, which is definitely valuable for our organization because we want to play a fast game. He gets all the credit for the success he’s had; it’s not easy to come to a new team and get plugged into a new system but he handled it the right way. It’s nice to see him get rewarded for his hard work.”
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