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Morning Bag Skate: 10-8-19

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

NHL Global Series Challenge Prague - Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

The Blackhawks are off until Thursday when they host the Sharks.

Chicago prospects Andrei Altybarmakyan (Sochi), Artur Kayumov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl), Max Shalunov (CSKA Moscow) and Jakub Galvas (Jukurit) are all scheduled to play in their respective leagues. Victor Ejdsell (Barjestad BK) and Roope Laavainen (HPK) will play in Champions League.

BLACKHAWKS

Ivan Nalimov reportedly heading to Sochi (SCH)

Faceoff dilemma confronts Blackhawks as David Kampf struggles, rule change doesn’t help (Chicago Sun-Times)

Journeyman goalie Michael Leighton retires after 18 seasons, 21 pro teams (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Pietrangelo gets 400th NHL point, Blues extend streak against Maple Leafs (NHL)

Confident Shane Bowers out to prove he belongs in NHL (Mile High Hockey)

NHL

RECAP: Blue Jackets defeat Sabres in OT for first victory of season (NHL)

PenguinsEvgeni Malkin, Nick Bjugstad both out ‘longer term’ (Pensburgh)

Jared McCann one of Penguins’ biggest x-factors (Pensburgh)

HOCKEY WORLD

Top prospects eligible for 2020 draft (NHL)

CHL Notebook: Top 2020 draft prospects off to flying starts (Sportsnet)