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

The Hockey News - - BUZZ -

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.


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