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Morning Bag Skate: 12-4-20

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

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Niklas Hjalmarsson, formerly of the Chicago Blackhawks, skates in NHL action
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Good morning. It is Friday, Dec. 4. This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Beaudin at No. 7 (SCH)

Blackhawks’ draft pick analysis (The Athletic)

Alex Vlasic, 10 first round picks among those in US WJC camp (NHL)

Kirby Dach projected as Team Canada’s first line center for WJC (The Athletic)

Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Suter at No. 8 (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Blues could hire Jay Bouwmeester to scouting department (NHL)

Is the NHL ready to miss another season? (Mile High Hockey)

Wild first round pick Marco Rossi to play for Austria at WJC (NHL)

Why the Wild are alright with that (The Athletic)

31 in 31: Nashville Predators (NHL)

Blues’ fan survey 2020 (The Athletic)

Kaprizov to start skating with the Wild (NHL)

NHL

Detroit’s Lucas Raymond one of six first-round picks selected to Team Sweden (NHL)

Multiple teams exploring hosting multiple outdoor games (The Athletic)

Rangers won’t release Alexis Lafreniere to Team Canada (TSN)

Devils won’t release Jack Hughes to Team USA, either (SportsNet)

Three questions for the Devils (including goaltending impact of Corey Crawford) (NHL)

Early guide to 2021 NHL free agency (The Athletic)

NHLPA “weighing options” if NHL cancels season (TSN)

HOCKEY WORLD

How the QMJHL pulled off a bubble tournament (SI)

Seattle’s “lone hockey bar” fighting to make it to first Kraken season (ESPN+)