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Quick Hits: The Jimmy Howard Edition

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In Red Wings Land

Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard maintains resolve: ‘I know I can do it’ | MLive

“I don’t think anyone’s ever really ready for something like this, but you still have to wake up every single day and come to work to get better and put your best foot forward,” Howard said.

I’d love to see Jimmy Howard find his game again. Not just because it would help the Red Wings win a few more games and it might give him some trade value, but because he’s a been a solid player (and person) for this organization for a long time and it would make me happy to see him find some success once more.

Around the League

Lafreniere tops Central Scouting North American midterm NHL Draft ranking | NHL.com

“The performance that Alexis displayed at the World Juniors again showed the hockey world what he is made of and this is what places him in a special category as the top pick,” Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said. “The natural competitive instincts and skills he displayed to take charge and lead Canada to victory put on display the determination, perseverance and passion that is part of his hockey DNA, which is truly exceptional and impressive.”

Rounding out the top five North American skaters are four players from the Ontario Hockey League: center Quinton Byfield of Sudbury, defenseman Jamie Drysdale of Erie, center Cole Perfetti of Saginaw and center Marco Rossi of Ottawa.

Alexis Lafrenière continues to be at the top of any draft NHL Draft prospects rankings/list. Over on the international side, Germany’s Tim Stüetzle was the top ranked skater.

The Rat Cage

You hate to see it.