Evgeni Malkin avoids surgery, plus the latest signings and more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines. 

US prospect Auston Matthews is expected to be the top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

US prospect Auston Matthews is expected to be the top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

NHL.com: For the first time since 1999, a non-Canadian prospect might not be chosen among the top-five selections of the opening round in the 2016 NHL Draft US-born center Auston Matthews and Finnish prospects Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi could be selected in the top three. American forwards Matthew Tkachuk and Logan Brown and Sweden’s Alexander Nylander could fill the remaining two spots

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin  won’t require surgery to repair his injured left elbow and isn’t expected to miss any playing time next season.

CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed defenseman Radko Gudkas to a four-year contract worth an average annual salary of $3.35 million.

NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed William Karlsson to a two-year, $2 million contract.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers traded forward Rocco Grimaldi to the Colorado Avalanche for goaltender Reto Berra. This move indicates the Panthers are parting ways with pending UFA backup netminder Al Montoya.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators co-owner David Freeman “filed a $250 million lawsuit against the hockey franchise and Chairman Tom Cigarran for not informing him about financial statements and failing to honor loan guaranty fees he says are owed to him.”

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal “sent a letter to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman demanding the league clarify recent comments that “appear dismissive about the link between head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the game of hockey.”