The Blues director of player development worked with some of their top prospects during development camp at the Ice Zone, inside St. Louis Outlet Mall.
After watching Fabbri, Taylor understood why the Blues made the center from the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League the 21st pick last month.
"There's a reason why we picked him first," Taylor said of Fabbri, who had 45 goals and 87 points in 58 regular-season games then was named MVP of the OHL playoffs after he had 13 goals and 28 points in 16 games. He capped his season with two goals and four assists in four games while helping the Storm reach the Memorial Cup championship game.
"I definitely think I've learned a lot over the past two years from those experiences, from being put into that role when [Spezza] was hurt, and seeing how hard the matchup is," Turris told the Ottawa Sun on Friday. "I just tried to take that mentality and put it into the role I had this past year. … This upcoming year, if I'm put into that role again, I think the experience I have now will work in my favor, to know what to expect and how better to prepare for it."
"It was important to us that the guys we brought in were head coaches," general manager Dave Nonis told the Maple Leafs website. "These guys have both been head coaches, they've both had success, and we felt that was a big factor in the type of person we were looking to bring in. ...
Veteran forward Brenden Morrow signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Friday. Financial terms were not released, but Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reported the value at $1.55 million.
"I think it's a young team that is coming into their own in the next couple of years, so their window of where they are going to be expected to have a championship season,'' Morrow told The Tampa Tribune.
"And they have great leadership and a coach (Jon Cooper) that has won at every level. They are an exciting team. They are a hungry team, and I'm excited about the opportunity to play with this group."
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told reporters Thursday that Stolarz, a second-round pick (No. 45) in the 2012 NHL Draft, needed some extra time to recover from the procedure but is expected to be cleared for on-ice activities in about a month.
"I'm really excited to be back with the team," Moss told The Arizona Republic said via text. "I believe the team is headed in the right direction, and I just want to be a part of it. I'm very grateful that they wanted me back, and I'm looking forward to having a great season."
"The biggest thing is health," Holland said. "If we can get to training camp (Sept. 19) and get [Pavel], [Henrik], [Darren] Helm, [Stephen] Weiss on the ice, we're optimistic we [have] the potential to be a decent hockey club."
Datsyuk and Zetterberg each missed 37 regular-season games last season. Datsyuk had a left-knee injury and offseason surgery was considered. Zetterberg had in-season surgery on a herniated disk that later caused problems with his foot.
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