Can't really comment on the NHL Skills Competition last night as I just saw the first 15 minutes... if there was anything that we should all be gleaning from what you saw last night then drop it in the comments.
More bizarre Sidney Crosby injury updates... he has seen a few specialists lately and they've determined that he also had a neck injury in addition to his concussions. The neck injury has already healed itself so I'm not sure what that has to do with anything but likely it hasn't properly healed and maybe that's leading to some of his issues. Essentially even the top doctors in the world have no idea what is going on with this guy, so I don't think you or I have a chance at figuring it out. I would not expect to see him back this season, if he manages to come back, then bonus. As for next season, nfc.
The Hawks have sent Jimmy Hayes to the AHL. With Sharp & Toews close to returning and the addition of Brendan Morrison the other day, it looks like Hayes isn't needed right now. He could be back up later if the injury bug strikes again.
Let's take a spin around to a few Euro leagues...
Mikael Granlund is 2nd in SM-Liiga scoring with 19+26=45 in 38 games but he would likely be leading if he hadn't missed time for the WJCs. Ducks prospect Sami Vatanen is currently out with a broken finger but he leads all dmen in pts/gm with 8+15=23 in 35 games. The worst goalie in Finland based on sv% (those with over 10 games) is Vesa Toskala with .890.
In the SEL, the story for me is the production of Sens prospect Jakob Silfverberg who is 5th in league scoring with 15+19=34 in 36 games. Not bad for a 21-year-old who is also the captain of his team. Just to remind you on him, Sens GM Bryan Murray said in the summer that he thought this kid was ready for the NHL but Silfverberg said he wanted to go back to Sweden for one more season. Still with the Sens, Mika Zibanejad has 3+4=7 in 15 SEL games... take from that whatever you want.
Taking a look at the KHL, Alexander Radulov is at the top of the charts as usual (21+31=52 in 38 games) but I'm more interested in the performance of Vladimir Tarasenko as the Blues prospect is 7th in league scoring (18+20=38 in 39 games)... very nice for a kid who is just 20. Also of note is Bruins 7th rounder from 2010, Maxim Chudinov, who is 4th in league scoring amongst dmen with 9+19=28 in 37 games.