NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 19, 2019

by | May 19, 2019 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Injury updates before Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, Senators to interview Patrick Roy for their vacant head-coaching position, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC SPORTS: There was no update yesterday to the status of Erik Karlsson. The San Jose Sharks defenseman sat out half of the third period in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final in obvious discomfort. That’s prompted speculation his nagging groin injury has flared up again. 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson’s status remains uncertain for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn will miss Game 5 with an upper-body injury. Dunn was struck in the face by a puck in Game 3. Blues forward Sammy Blais, meanwhile, is expected to play in today’s contest. Blais took a Brent Burns shot off his foot in Game 4. 

NHL.COM: Game 5 of the Western Conference Final begins at 3 pm ET today. 

STLTODAY.COM: Speaking of the Blues, they’re rallying around Laila Anderson, an 11-year-old fan battling a rare disease. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (knee injury) and forward Chris Wagner (right arm) aren’t expected to be ready for the start of the Stanley Cup Final. 

OTTAWA SUN: Patrick Roy is expected to be interviewed for the Ottawa Senators’ vacant head-coaching position. Roy, a Hall-of-Fame goaltender, is a former coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He’s now the coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Roy won the Jack Adams Award in 2014 but stepped down two years later over a lack of input regard player personnel decisions. He has a reputation for being hot-tempered and impulsive but he also has plenty of experience working with young players. Roy is just one of several candidates for the Senators’ coaching job. 

NEW YORK POST: Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko believes he can convince the New Jersey Devils to select him with the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Kakko is tied for the scoring lead at the IIHF World Championships with six goals in four games. “This is a big thing for me for the draft,” Kakko told NHL.com through a translator. “I think I can be the first [pick].”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: American center Jack Hughes is considered the top prospect in this year’s draft. Kakko’s performance at the Worlds, however, has some observers suggesting the Devils should select him instead. 


  1. I repeat what I’ve been saying all along – the team that by-passes Kakko at the draft will come to regret it down the line.

    As for Roy coaching Ottawa – working in his favor I suppose is that he’s done a very good job behind the bench of the Quebec Remparts in the Q.

    • George, there’s only one team that could bypass Kakko. The Devils. I think it’ll be just as hard to pass on Hughes. Kakko is bigger and probably more NHL ready today, but I think both will be elite players in NHL. Hughes should fill out a little bit in next couple years. So glad my team has 2nd pick!

      • If NJ grabs Kakko the Rangers have their 1-2 center punch for the next 5+ years. Devils probably thinking the same thing with Nico+Hughes.

        As a Ranger fan I cannot get too excited about either one yet-we see who ‘falls’ to us. My only concern with us getting Kakko is giving a UFA center too much $$ and term

      • I’ve been saying for over a year, I’d like Kakko. My biggest concern with Kakko is his health long term. This could be a major concern for ANY team picking him.

    • Comes down to whether devils want a center or winger. Unless the devils think they can fill their center depth elsewhere they’ll take Hughes. Even if kappo turns out to be a slightly better one layer than Hughes the center will have more value.

      • The beauty of it is, for NY anyway, is that there will be no decision angst – whoever doesn’t go first becomes a Ranger automatically because neither one is likely to drop below 2.

  2. I agree…the centre always has more value. Easy enough to slide over to wing if he can’t play centre at the NHL level.
    Either way both teams are getting a grade A player. Similar to the Hall/Seguin draft year