Ice Breakers: Verbeek the leading GM candidate in Anaheim, Doug Wilson’s health and Olympic players to watch

During the Ice Breakers segment of Tuesday’s episode of The Daily Faceoff Show, Frank Seravalli reported on various pressing matters.

Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks seek general managers

Seravalli: “Things are really heating up with the Anaheim Ducks and their search for GM. I think the man to beat, the favorite right now, is Pat Verbeek, assistant general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

« He’s been Steve Yzerman’s right-hand man for the past few years, dating back to his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning, helping to build this roster that won back-to-back Stanley Cups. Pat Verbeek, having his second interview with the Anaheim Ducks and their search committee on Sunday.

« There is another mystery finalist who is in the mix who was interviewed on Monday night. All signs indicate that it is moving pretty quickly. The Anaheim Ducks could make a decision and negotiate a contract with the winner in the next few days.

“Then you look at the Chicago Blackhawks. They began interviews this week. The team announced yesterday that three former Hawks players will serve on the search committee.

« You’re going to have, in this case, Eddie Olcyzk as well as Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. »

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on medical leave

Seravalli: « Not really an update, in terms of Doug Wilson and his health. I think people were hoping – and certainly around the Sharks organization – that it would just be a temporary furlough. That Doug Wilson could gather strength and be back in the chair in no time.

“It has now been more than two months since this announcement was made on November 26. At this point, Joe Will, their assistant general manager, still oversees the day-to-day operations of the team. He is in regular communication with Doug Wilson.

“I think there are question marks as to how the Sharks are going to proceed as they get closer to the March 21 trade deadline. But at this point, no change, Joe Will continues to lead the Sharks.

Undrafted players to the Olympics that NHL teams are looking for

Seravalli: “It’s going to be really interesting for three undrafted free agents.

« The one who will definitely rise to the top of this list will be Strauss Mann, the expected starter for the American team. He has been out of the limelight in Skelleftea (Sweden) this season. 23 years old, save percentage of .920. The teams are always looking for goaltenders, and he had a couple of really, really good years at the University of Michigan.

“Ben Meyers, captain, 23, University of Minnesota. He’s been a point-per-game player this year for the Gophers.

“And Marc McLaughlin is the other one. Captain of Boston College. He’s 22, so a year younger than Mann and Myers. He has 18 goals in 25 games for the Eagles this season.

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