To kick of the 2015-16 NHL Season The Hockey Scoop is starting their own 20 thoughts series, with notes gathered from various releiable sources and interviews. We will be posting one per week. Enjoy!

  1. Pavel Datsyuk starts skating in one month
  2. The Oliers have put Nikita Nikitin on the trading block. The Boston Bruins may be willing to pick him up for cheap.
  3. Justin Fontaine is actually injured. He’ll miss the season opener
  4. The experts say Dustin Byfuglien to the Bruins won’t happen. At least not right now
  5. The Kings would love to re-sign Milan Lucic, if he scores 25+ goals.
  6. Speaking of the Kings, Anze Kopitar and his agent Pat Brisson must be getting pretty anxious cause contract talks are looking bleak.
  7. Jared McCann is the real deal
  8. The San Jose Sharks wanted Ryan Miller.
  9. The Jets wanted Kris Versteeg, but couldn’t get him from Chiacago. However, they could try and pry him from the Hurricanes Febuary 29th.
  10.  Bleacher Report thinks Devan Dubnyk is better than Pekka Rinne. 😁.
  11. Eric Staal to Nashville is a perfect Trade Deadline move. But can David Poile make it happen?
  12. Who will win the Bruins backup spot? Jonas Gustavsson or Jeremy Smith?
  13. Timo Meier is the Captain of the Halifax Mooseheads
  14. Will the Ottawa Senators pick up Daniel Paille or Tomas Kopecky? They could use them.
  15. Dylan Strome and Noah Hanfin are close to making their respective teams.
  16. Matt Murray deserves to play in the NHL
  17. The Chicago Blackhawks just signed Brent Seabrook to a 8 year deal. It has Lottery Protection, $6.5M AAV, and he’ll be 38 when it ends. Ouch
  18. The Islanders new top line doesn’t have Kyle Okposo on it.
  19. The Buffalo Sabres may have inquired about Steven Stamkos, but a trade is a last resort move. Stamkos is all but re-signed. If the  Bolts are somehow out of playoff contention by Febuary , Ben Bishop could be traded.
  20. The Edmonton Oliers are 5-0-0 in the preseason. Believe.

By Aly Dhanani