Player Notes

  • Bryan Rust's injury is to his finger
    Bryan Rust's injury is to the finger that he broke in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in June.

    Advice: That's not good news as it has taken an awfully long time to heal. While Rust is likely to start the season, it looks like he may have trouble shooting and therefore his fantasy value will lessen despite his great playoff where he scored six times and added three assists in the Penguins 23 game Cup run. 25 minutes ago
  • Leland Irving has chance to make Pens
    Leland Irving has a chance to backup Marc-Andre Fleury with Matt Murray out of action for three-six weeks.

    Advice: Irving is on a PTO and is now battling Tristan Jarry for the opening night bench spot in Pittsburgh. Irving has bounced around since he was the Flames first round pick in 2006 and played for the Wild's farm team in Iowa last season where he played 41 games and was 12-22-6 with a 2.68 GAA and a .913 save percentage. 49 minutes ago
  • Boyd Gordon to help Flyers PK
    Boyd Gordon should make a big difference to the Flyers penalty killing.

    Advice: Gordon is a PK specialist and is also quite good on the draw, so this should help the Flyers who were 20th overall last season while shorthanded. "I've done it my whole career," Gordon said. "Some years have been better than others, but it's something I've always taken pride in. Special teams are huge now." The move to sign Gordon should also help Claude Giroux as he won't be required to do as much penalty killing work as in the past. Gordon has limited fantasy value but will chip in with the occasional goal. Today, 6:02 am
  • Michael Del Zotto's wrist is ok
    Michael Del Zotto appears to have fully recovered from off-season wrist surgery.

    Advice: The defenseman will line up on the second defense pairing with the Flyers and see some power play time on the second unit. Look for a 25-30 point season and draft him accordingly. Today, 5:56 am
  • Jordan Weal impressing at camp
    Jordan Weal has opened a few eyes at Flyers training camp.

    Advice: Weal has been centering Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds but that will come to an end when Claude Giroux returns from the World Cup. He will likely start the season in the AHL but if he continues to impress he could make it on the fourth line or as an extra forward. He has no fantasy value. Today, 5:50 am
  • Claude Giroux to play with Schenn, Simmonds
    Look for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds to play on a line with Claude Giroux this season.

    Advice: The trio played well together last year after Jakub Voracek was taken off the Giroux line. Giroux is currently with Team Canada at the World Cup and should be back at Flyers camp in over a week when the tournament concludes. Giroux had 22 goals and 67 points in 78 games last season but should do better in 2016-17 as he was hampered by hip and sports hernia injuries throughout the season. Today, 5:40 am
  • Mika Zibanejad looking for big season in NY
    Mika Zibanejad is looking for a big season in New York.

    Advice: Zibanejad wants to be the go-to player whether the Rangers are up a goal or down a goal late in the game. He has been playing between Chris Kreider and rookie Pavel Buchnevich thus far in training camp and the results have been great. "If they’re anything like they were today at practice, they’re gonna be a handful," coach Alain Vigneault said. "They were by far the best line and the three best players today in practice, both offensively and defensively. They just made a lot of things happen. It was fun to watch. They’re definitely a line we’re gonna keep together." Zibanejad has a career best 51 points last season and at the age of 23, a 60 point season is within his grasp. Today, 5:20 am
  • Taylor Hall to make Devils debut
    Taylor Hall will play his first game as a New Jersey Devil Monday.

    Advice: The Devils will open their pre-season with a split-squad and Hall will be going to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. Hall was not happy with the Oilers decision to trade him and it could be good news for fantasy owners who select Hall that he has a chip on his shoulder this season. Hall will provide the Devils with some much needed scoring and should get 65-70 points this season if he remains healthy. Today, 5:04 am
  • Jeff Zatkoff excited to be back with Kings
    Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is excited to be back as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.

    Advice: Zatkoff was originally drafted by the Kings in the 2006 and spent four seasons in their farm system before being dealt to Pittsburgh. He won a Stanley Cup ring last season with the Penguins and contributed by playing two playoff games but is now back in LA. "It’s exciting for me," Zatkoff said after the third day of Kings camp on Saturday. "You leave, you don’t think that you’re probably going to end back up in that organization. I went to Pittsburgh and they gave me an opportunity to play and then just kind of the way that things shaked out I had an opportunity to come back. I was excited. Just a chance to work with Billy [Ranford] again. I know a lot of guys in this room so it makes the transition a little easier, but definitely being able to work with someone that you feel is a big part of the reason you are in the NHL. To be able to come back and work with him really was a huge selling point for me." Look for Zatkoff to play in 20-25 games this season. Today, 4:56 am
  • Don't forget about Anton Slepyshev
    Anton Slepyshev is back for his second training camp with the Oilers.

    Advice: The Russian inked a three-year deal with Edmonton in the summer of 2015 and was highly regarded coming out of training camp last season. But reality set in during the regular season and he ended up with only one assist in 11 NHL games. But the talent is there and his grasp of the English language has improved dramatically in one year. "Last year I didn’t know what awaited me," said Slepyshev. "Now I know more about North America hockey. It was tough to adjust to the small rink last year. Now? I’m used to it. Last year in camp I had lots of time on the ice but once the games (NHL regular-season) started, not so much. The ice-time went down and it was difficult for me and my confidence wasn’t good. Same in the the AHL when I was first there, my first eight games. I don’t want to go back to Russia. I want to make this team." He could start the season in the minors but don't forget about him when he is recalled by the Oilers. Today, 4:48 am
  • Connor MCDavid at camp on Tuesday
    Connor McDavid will report to Oilers camp on Tuesday.

    Advice: McDavid shone at the World Cup where his speed and moves had his opponents on their heels the whole game. McDavid is a star and it would not surprise us at Rotoworld if he won the scoring title if he can remain healthy. Look for a 90-plus point season from the superstar who doesn't turn 20 until January 13. Today, 4:32 am
  • Kris Versteeg happy to be in Edmonton
    Kris Versteeg is thrilled with his opportunity to play in Edmonton.

    Advice: Versteeg is on a PTO and has been a solid NHL veteran for the past nine seasons. He played for Carolina and Los Angeles last season and had 38 points so his offense is good enough to see third line time. "He’s not a one-tool player when it comes to position and that’s a valuable thing," said head coach Todd McLellan. "If you have the ability to move and you’re comfortable doing it and willing to do it, it certainly enhances your chances. Versteeg is a veteran player, he’s won Stanley Cups he’s been on some really good teams and some developing teams and he tends to have an impact wherever he goes. You have to find a way to leave a mark on the game every night. Veteran players, the smart ones that last a long time, they can do that. We think he’s one of those players. We think he can challenge for a spot." Chances are that Versteeg will make the Oilers who need a veteran presence in the locker room as well as on the ice. Look for 35-40 points. Today, 4:26 am
  • Pierre-Luc Dubios makes NHL debut
    Pierre-Luc Dubois was a minus-two in his NHL pre-season debut.

    Advice: The third overall pick in the 2016 Draft played center between Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner in a 5-0 loss to St. Louis. "I just want to watch him play," head coach John Tortorella said. "It’s not looking for any one particular thing. He’s going to get a chance to play. I think he’s going to feel better as the camp goes along. We’re going to let him play and see if there’s a chance at the end of camp that he’s in our lineup. We cannot force-feed that." Dubois could make the team out of camp but it would likely make the most sense to give him a taste of the NHL and send him back to junior where he can dominate and play for Canada at the World Juniors. Stay tuned. Today, 4:13 am
  • Sebastian Aho, Teravainen at camp Monday
    Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen will be in Carolina's camp Monday.

    Advice: The duo played for Team Finland at the World Cup and will make their debut this week for the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are quite high on the 19-year-old Aho who finished second in the MVP race for Finland's SM-liiga and then had three goals and seven points as a valued member of their silver-medal winning team at the World Championships in May. Look for a 15 goal, 30-35 point season from Aho as he transitions from Finland to life in North America and then a lot more in the coming seasons. Today, 4:06 am
  • Steven Lorentz looking to be a Cane
    Steven Lorentz is willing to put in his time to make it into the NHL.

    Advice: Lorentz was drafted in the final round of the 2015 Draft when he was selected 186th overall. He had 48 points last season with Peterborough of the OHL but it's his size that will give him a chance to make it in the NHL as he is 6'4' and should fill out to about 220 pounds. "It’s a process," Lorentz said. "There’s no rush to jump into a spot right away. I just want to take my time and develop into a good player that Carolina likes one day and hopefully I’ll find a spot on the roster." Today, 3:59 am
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  • Coyotes release three players
    The Arizona Coyotes have released Austin Lotz, MacKenzie Braid and Olivier LeBlanc.

    Advice: Well the first cuts have arrived and the Coyotes are expected to cut more players in the middle of the week. Today, 3:50 am
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  • Garret Ross out with lower body injury
    Garret Ross suffered a lower body injury in training camp and is day-to-day.

    Advice: Just an FYI in case Ross is a friend or part of the family and you were wondering how he was doing. The 24-year-old will likely play in the AHL this season. Today, 3:47 am
  • RFA Tobias Rieder won't report to camp
    Restricted free agent Tobias Rieder will not report to the Coyotes training camp without a new contract.

    Advice: The point is currently moot as Rieder is in the World Cup final with Team Europe but it's probably fair to say that he and his agent, Darren Ferris are not at all happy with the Coyotes at this time. "We’ve made them a fair offer at two years at $2.5 million a year, and they’re unwilling to do it," Ferris said. "Tobi brings a lot of intangibles to that team. I know he’s a fan favorite. He loves Arizona, but it’s disappointing that they’re unwilling to compensate this kid fairly. But at the end of the day, we’re not far apart but they’re not willing to do it at all. I would doubt at this point that I could say that anything’s imminent in getting done." Rieder had 14 goals and 37 points last season and is in line for an equal season if he plays the full schedule. Today, 3:43 am
  • Ducks love versatility of Antoine Vermette
    The Anaheim Ducks love the versatility of off-season acquisition Antoine Vermette.

    Advice: Vermette is able to play all three forward positions and could slot in as the number three pivot or on the wing of the top two lines. "He can play all three forward positions," new head coach Randy Carlyle said. "He’s a 55-plus percenter in the faceoff circle. Left-hand faceoff guy. He can play power play. He can play penalty killing. He can move up your lineup, he can move down your lineup. And he’s going to see lots of ice." Look for 35-40 points and 50 penalty minutes from the ex-Coyote. Today, 3:34 am
  • T.J. Galiardi leads Blues to 5-0 win over CBJ
    T.J. Galiardi scored a goal and an assist in the Blues' 5-0 pre-season win over Columbus on Sunday night.

    Advice: The 28-year-old has 105 career points in 321 games, and will try to prove to the Blues he deserves to be back in the NHL after a year abroad. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
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