Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will serve a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head on Mark Stone during Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Senators.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced the ban Monday, citing Trouba’s lack of a disciplinary track record and Stone’s expected recovery in its explanation of the length of the ban.
The hit occurred at the 13:22 mark of the third period when Stone, who began the season recovering from a concussion, was caught in a vulnerable position attempting to make a pass after gaining the offensive zone. Trouba lowered his right shoulder, catching Stone upside the head.
Trouba was assessed a minor penalty while Stone remained on the ice for several moments.
On the Senators bench, an irate Guy Boucher argued for a five-minute major and game misconduct against Trouba to no avail.
The Panthers have some exciting young players now, but their draft history is a wasteland. They’ve never drafted a No. 1 goaltender. Ever. Kevin Weekes, with 350 games played as mostly a career backup, has the most of any Panthers pick. This franchise picked in the top five seven times in its first 20 years, and the best players in that group are Jay Bouwmeester and Ed Jovanovski. At least Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad appear on track to be better than that.
An upset selection! The obvious answer might be 1980, which included Larry Murphy, Bernie Nichols and both Kings television analyst Jim Fox and radio analyst Daryl Evans, but Anze Kopitar (No. 11) and Jonathan Quick (No. 72) have already done so much together and could do more in the future. Murphy won the Stanley Cup four times, but with other franchises. Quick and Kopitar have four rings between them. They are two of the three most important players from the most successful stretch in team history.