The Wysh List publishes every Friday. Get caught up on all the latest goings-on around the hockey world, including an egregious Jersey Foul in San Jose.
It’s May and obviously the Philadelphia Flyers have absolutely nothing to do, so our giant orange fuzzball is courting business for the summer:
So, we’ve learned that:
1. Gritty was incarcerated, which is delightfully on-brand for the Flyers.
2. He went to Penn State, of course.
3. Only Gritty can get away with the image under the résumé bit.
From San Jose:
We just gonna ignore this? pic.twitter.com/TcSF478D08 – Cameron (@PavsToHertl) May 7, 2019
According to one commenter, this Sharks fan has all the players that wore No. 9 besides Milan Michalek listed on this sweater. And while any jersey that features Brian Lawton, Bernie Nicholls, Adam Graves and Dainius Zubrus can’t be all bad, it’s still very much a Foul.
Emily Kaplan and I previewed both Conference final matchups (4:30). ESPN NHL prospect guru Chris Peters explained the unique way this Carolina Hurricanes roster was built, and gave us a quick look at the top 5 draft prospects (14:56). To get a different perspective on life in pro hockey, we speak with Patrick Maroon‘s fiancé, Francesca Vangel (35:26). You can stream it here, or grab it on iTunes here.
“In a mind-boggling turn of events on Wednesday, someone working at a Boston sports radio station criticized the accent of a professional hockey writer from North Carolina.”
Why the rest of the NHL should fear the Colorado Avalanche: “This playoff run feels like the start of something special for the Avalanche franchise. They’re young, have a lot cap flexibility and now have a leadership core that knows what it takes to win in the playoffs.”
What player and puck tracking looks like in Finland.
Down Goes Brown’s all-disappointment team ($).
The NHL Seattle team has launched a new website that includes some voting on the kind of team name and colors fans might like.
A Q&A with new Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland, including him explaining how he’ll fix the team: “I don’t have a magic wand. I’m not going to fleece another general manager where you give him a bag of pucks and he gives you a guy who scores 35 goals. You have to draft it. You have to develop it. You’ve got to have a plan.”
Sweet Mother’s Day story about the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves and the moms that support them.
Hockey tl;dr (too long; didn’t read)
A sports columnist reveals a horrible secret (?): He sorta digs hockey.
In case you missed this from your friends at ESPN
Liam Kirk is the 19-year-old who could put British hockey on the map, from Emily.