Many fans have various opinions on Devin Shore, but you can’t argue that he hasn’t been producing for the Stars lately. The young forward currently has 9 points in 13 games, good for sixth on the team and a full three points ahead of Esa Lindell, who sits in seventh place.
His recent play has caught the eye of not only his teammates, but Jim Montgomery and the coaching staff as well:
“He’s just a smart hockey player. I like the way he possesses pucks, I like the way he has poise with the puck, and I think he’s starting to get a lot of confidence,” Montgomery said. “With that, he’s skating harder and winning a lot more battles, and that’s leading to more puck possession time and more scoring opportunities.”
The sore spot for fans is whether Shore is truly a “Top 6 Forward” or not, but don’t expect Montgomery to hammer him into a specific role any time soon:
“He’s a guy that I’m going to continue to move around, because I think he can get other players going,” Montgomery said. “He has such great energy on the bench, he says the right things, he’s kind of like a glue guy I can move anywhere.”
There are more quotes where that came from in Mike Heika’s piece here.
In case you missed Saturday’s win over the Capitals, Sean Shapiro has you covered:
Stars 20/20: Jason Dickinson steps up in overtime as Stars win third straight https://t.co/qINyRMdG5o— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 4, 2018
Also from Shapiro: an update about a Sergei Zubov jersey retirement, the Stars chances of playing in Finland one day, and more. [The Athletic]
The Nashville Predators have decided to lock up Pekka Rinne for another two years, and at a slightly lower cap hit too:
The #Preds have signed Pekka Rinne to a two-year, $10 million contract through the 2020-21 season.— Robby Stanley (@RStanleyNHL) November 3, 2018
The Stars have won three in a row, so can you believe that they still sit outside of a playoff spot?
Around the League
ICYMI: The #LAKings have said goodbye to head coach John Stevens and assistant Don Nachbaur. Willie Desjardins will step in as interim head coach and Marco Sturm joins as assistant. https://t.co/oDhV5gfG7b— Jewels from the Crown (@JFTC_Kings) November 4, 2018
Will that be enough though? The Kings’ problems seem to go far beyond coaching: [NBC Sports]
In case you missed it, DownGoesBrown had his latest GrabBag last Friday:
Friday Grab Bag: If the NHL is going to embrace gambling, I have some idea for prop bets they could offer. Plus how to handle phantom goals, and old school blockbuster, and lots more. https://t.co/Ibq4L0LElv pic.twitter.com/JlOyUbpUZH— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) November 2, 2018
Many players were expected to have strong starts to the season, but some of them are surprising everyone except maybe themselves: [The Hockey News]
Here are some other early season indicators that are worth taking a look at:
Ten stunning numbers from the first month of the NHL season https://t.co/W7aHXhqT0m— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 3, 2018
Finally, after two years of being spoiled by exceptional rookie play, this year’s rookie class is off to a slow start as a whole: [The Athletic]