Quick Hits: The Closing Window Edition

In Red Wings Land

In 1963, Detroit Red Wings’ made their first draft pick in history: Pete Mahovlich - Freep

Mahovlich made his NHL debut Dec. 28, 1965, earning an assist in a game at Boston. He struggled to be a consistent threat offensively, and spent time with the Wings and in the minor leagues. During the 1967-68 season, Frank Mahovlich, already a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Leafs, joined the Wings. Frank starred on a line with Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio, scoring a team-high and career-best 49 goals in 1968-69.

An interesting look back at how different the league and ascension process to the league were back when the draft was instituted. Some things never stay the same, such as a guy the Wings pick going on to do better with a different organization.

Hey, it was either this or a Freep story that boils down to “we hope the winner of the 2nd draft lottery is in the West.”

Around the NHL

Crosby says Penguins window may be closing after Cup Qualifiers loss - NHL.com

“It’s a really hard one to evaluate,” the Penguins captain said Friday after a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. “That’s the honest truth as far as trying to break this all down. It’s a tough one to evaluate overall.”.

Crosby went on to say “without help we might be forced to relocate to another market with a wink and a nudge towards Gary Bettman while mouthing what might have been the words “giraffe flaw, too wee” to this amateur lip-reader.