Every new season brings a handful of seemingly made-up names. We assure you they’re all real. Whether they’re the real deal, that’s TBD
Oh, come on. Fake news!
> Carolina’s Sebastian Aho is only a sophomore, so he’s not a household name yet, but the Islanders just had to confuse us all by picking a different SEBASTIAN AHO in the 2017 draft. Great. They even share a division. Aho II is actually older than the Carolina Aho to boot. Ouch, our brains hurt.
OK, the Panthers are pulling our leg
> Florida let Jonathan Marchessault go in the expansion draft and didn’t re-sign Jaromir Jagr. They’re hoping KHLer EVGENY DADONOV slides right into a productive top-six role, and they see Finnish Leaguer Henrik Haapala as a sleeper for a big rookie season.
So that’s where you’ve been
> Hall of Famer PHIL HOUSLEY was a background figure with the Nashville Predators, shepherding the stellar defense corps as an assistant coach. Now he gets his first crack at an NHL head coaching gig, taking over behind the Sabres’ bench.
Hockey player or children’s cartoon?
> SPENCER FOO sounds like he should be solving neighborhood mysteries between math tests. He’s actually a bigtime scorer out of NCAA Union College. The Flames emerged from a long list of teams who wanted to sign him. He’ll look to crack their lineup this fall.
We’re winning the draft lottery, right?
> The Vegas Golden Knights have to hope unproven KHL import VADIM SHIPACHYOV and prospect defenseman Shea Theodore exceed expectations if the team wants to avoid a basement finish. Maybe it doesn’t want to avoid that at all, though.