Monday's Catch Up & Links 6/22

Monday, June 22, 2015
Is Kasperi Kapanen safe to remain with the Penguins organization?
Trade Malkin. Trade Sutter. Get a top-six winger.

Only a few days away from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Florida and trade rumors are buzzing around the league.

Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported today that if the Penguins are going to trade for a top-six winger, that Brandon Sutter will likely be included in the deal per this post earlier today.

Josh Yohe of had something on the likelihood of Sutter being moved this summer back on June 5th.

There have also been rumblings of Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh, though there isn't a deal that makes sense with Toronto.

The days leading up to this weekend's draft will allow the rumors to mount, but here at Highland Park Hockey the focus is to report on breaking news, write features and provide insightful analysis on the American Hockey League. I will make mention of some of these rumors, but take them for what they are worth.

It's certainly possible that some Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins players will be traded before it's all said and done. Be sure you are following on Twitter @H_P_Hockey to get the latest news as it's happening.

After the jump, Monday's weekly reading links to help get you by until the draft on Friday and Saturday.

Weekly Links

I broke news early Wednesday morning that Andrew Ebbett made the decision to head overseas for the 2015-16 season.

An interesting look at NHL man-games lost in the last six years. Take a wild guess where the Penguins organization is.

Jenn Menendez of Pittsburgh Post Gazette had this chat with newly signed defenseman Niclas Andersen.

My latest feature at Hockey's Future on Vancouver Canucks forward prospect Jake Virtanen and his experience gained with the AHL's Utica Comets during the 2015 postseason.

If you missed it, my end of the year prospect reports on Penguins prospects who competed in the AHL in 2014-15.

Part One - Goalies/Defensemen
Part Two - Forwards
I mapped out the off-season blueprint for the Pittsburgh Penguins last week. The Philadelphia Flyers organizational blueprint will be posted here later this week.

I have also compiled prospect reports for the Philadelphia Flyers prospects who competed in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2014-15.

Part One - Goalies/Defensemen
Part Two - Forwards 
In this week's edition of The Home News - both online and in newsstands in the Lehigh Valley on Thursday - my exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman Nick Luukko. Luukko told The Home News on Friday that he has signed his first pro contract and is excited to begin his first full season at the professional level.


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