NHL Notebook: Edmonton Oilers prospect Matvey Petrov named OHL player of the week, Bruins part way with Miller and more

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
Edmonton Oilers prospect Matvey Petrov is coming off a tremendous week in the OHL and has been named player of the week.
In three games last week, Petrov scored four goals, six points and had a +6 rating.
He continues to look like a steal for the Oilers, who drafted him in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. Edmonton chose to return him to the OHL after training camp despite him being eligible for the American Hockey League.
In his return to the North Bay Batallion, Petrov has continued lighting the league up with eight goals and 20 points in 14 games. Last year, his first pro season in North America, he scored 40 goals and 90 points in 63 games.
The Oilers appear to have another late round gem developing right before their eyes.

Bruins part ways with Miller

The Boston Bruins parted ways with Mitchell Miller Sunday night after coming under heavy fire for making the controversial signing two days prior.
The news broke in a statement released by the team.
“Based on new information, we believe it is the best decision at this time to rescind the opportunity for Mitchell Miller to represent the Boston Bruins,” team president Cam Neely said in the statement.  We hope that he continues to work with professionals and programs to further his education and personal growth.”
Miller, 20, was charged with assault and a violation of the Ohio Safe Schools Act at the age of 14 and later found guilty. He used racial slurs against an intellectually disabled Black classmate, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, and along with an unnamed student, forced him to lick a lollipop that had been previously wiped against a bathroom urinal, among other incidents.
In a column Monday morning, Daily Faceoff’s Matt Larkin opined how the Bruins embarrassed themselves.
Congratulations, Boston Bruins. In the span of three days, you put on an absolute clinic in how not to conduct yourselves as an organization.
And ‘organization’ doesn’t feel like the appropriate noun to describe a franchise that has been utterly disorganized in its complete bungling of the Mitchell Miller signing, from start to finish, seemingly every separate arm of the team operating independently of the other.
On Friday, hours after the Bruins announced the entry-level deal for Miller, GM Don Sweeney admitted, “I can’t categorically say this was the right decision.” Miller had been dropped by the team that drafted him in 2020, the Arizona Coyotes, in light of revelations that he and another student had repeatedly abused Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, an intellectually disabled Black student, and were charged with assault and a violation of the Ohio Safe Schools Act at the age of 14. Miller and the other student repeatedly used racial slurs and forced Meyer-Crothers to lick a lollipop that had been wiped against a bathroom urinal.
And Friday, after the Bruins decided to give Miller another chance, Sweeney admitted the team hadn’t reached out to the Crothers family.
You know who did? Reporters. And Crothers’ mother, Joni Meyer-Crothers, gladly came forward to offer that Miller’s lone attempt at an apology came last week, once the Bruins were well down the path of signing him, in the form of a Snapchat message after he’d subjected her son to “years and years of torture.” Seems like it would’ve been a smart idea to do some additional homework on the situation rather than simply taking Miller’s word that he had “apologized to the individual,” and “have come to better understand the far-reaching consequences of my actions,” as he said in a statement he released Friday.

ECHL Gladiators to use Thrashers logo

The Thrashers are back — well, sort of — 11 years after they left Atlanta.
The Atlanta Gladiators, playing out of the ECHL, announced Monday they would be bringing back the Thrashers name and uniform for a game on Dec. 16 against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
On top of the uniform the Gladiators will being back special Thrashers merchandise, their original mascot — Thrash — and other nostalgic tidbits.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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