Top Line: Milano breaks BC hearts; Jets not in the tank; more links
An annotated guide to Sunday morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The arrival of Sonny Milano was supposed to usher in a new era in Boston College hockey and help the club get over the early departure of Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau. Instead, the 16th pick of the 2014 draft rubbed a little salt in the wound when he informed the team Saturday that he was passing on his commitment to play in Chestnut Hill to sign a pro contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Though he'll get a chance to earn a spot with the big club in camp, he's more likely to continue his development for the next year or two with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.
• Milano isn't the only player jumping to the OHL this season.
• Maybe Ken Wiebe is right. Maybe the Jets are ready to take a step forward in the fourth year of their five-year plan. Maybe there will be unprecedented competition for jobs in camp and maybe Ondrej Pavelec will have a breakthrough year and maybe general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will prove everyone who ripped him for a summer of relative inactivity wrong. But I think it's more likely that Winnipeg is tanking it for Connor McDavid. Which, to be fair, might be the best course of action this season.
• EA Sports has released video showing overhead game play from its upcoming NHL 15 title. And it looks pretty cool.
• An influx of youth, not a plethora of veteran free agents, will be the key to the Florida Panthers returning to playoff contention this summer. The kids are in the spotlight as the Cats get the 30-in-30 treatment today from NHL.com.
• George Malik rounds up the the latest rumors on Kevin Hayes and makes an astute observation as to why the Boston College grad may be taking longer than we all expected to make his choice from among his many NHL suitors.
• Not a lot of hockey in an August edition of Steve Simmons' Sunday notes column, but among the tidbits are the details of Brendan Shanahan's contract with the Maple Leafs. If accurate, this would appear to rule out Toronto as an option if Detroit coach Mike Babcock is looking for big money on the open market on his next deal.
• Canada didn't just win a seventh-straight Ivan Hlinka Tournament. It embarrassed the field.