Player Notes

  • Senators expect Stone to play opening night
    Great news for Mark Stone (concussion) and Ottawa Senators fans.

    Advice: GM Pierre Dorion says that he "expects" the scoring winger to be "ready" for opening night, Oct. 12th against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That's two and a half weeks away, which ought to inspire confidence. Draft accordingly. Today, 1:26 pm
  • Halak tops Lundqvist in EUR vs SWE semi-final
    Jaroslav Halak turned away 37 of 39 shots in Sunday's 3-2 semi-final win for Team Europe over Henrik Lundqvist and Team Sweden.

    Advice: Halak was simply sensational, bailing Europe's defense on a two-on-one break for Sweden just before Tomas Tatar send them to the World Cup final to face Canada. It'll be a best-of-three series with the presumed-eventual winners. Today, 1:17 pm
  • Backstrom picks up second goal of World Cup
    Nicklas Backstrom picked up his second goal of the World Cup in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Team Europe.

    Advice: Backstrom opened the scoring with a pretty rebound-goal early in the second period. He went on to skate 21:35, winning 52% of his draws, and three shots on net. He has two goals and five points in the tournament. Today, 1:13 pm
  • Lundqvist, Sweden falls to Europe in overtime
    Henrik Lundqvist turned away 28 of 31 shots during the overtime loss to Team Europe in Sunday's semi-final match.

    Advice: Lundqvist was excellent for Team Sweden, save for the three goals. Marian Gaborik put one in from an acute angle along the goal line, and Tomas Tatar was able to bury both of his rebounds. Still, seven goals against in three games on 126 combined shots is pretty good in a best-on-best tournament. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Clarke MacArthur diagnosed with a concussion
    Per the Ottawa Senators, Clarke MacArthur has again been diagnosed with a concussion.

    Advice: MacArthur missed all but four games due to a concussion in 2015-16, so this is no doubt terrible news for him and the team. Patrick Sieloff nailed MacArthur with a hit during a scrimmage, which insighted a fight between him and Bobby Ryan in response. Clearly this does not bode well for MacArthur, but nothing outside of the diagnosis has been give yet. More to come. Today, 9:56 am
  • Jets' have 3 candidates to start in goal
    The Jets' goaltending battle will be a three-way affair with Ondrej Pavelec attempting to fend off challengers Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson.

    Advice: It would be great for the Jets and coach Paul Maurice if one of Pavelec, Hellebuyck and Hutchinson could establish himself and run with the starting job, but it is likely the Jets will at least start the campaign in a job-share situation. It remains to be seen who will share that job with Pavelec. Stay tuned. Today, 8:47 am
  • Capitals hope to get production from Connolly
    The Washington Capitals are hoping to get offensive production from Brett Connolly.

    Advice: The Caps inked Connolly to a one-year $850,000 contract in the off-season after he was non-tendered by Boston. Connolly was selected sixth overall in 2010 and has a lot of offensive upside but the 24-year-old has floundered at times. He had nine goals and 25 points last season and the Capitals are hoping that they get more production from him as a bottom-six forward. Look for a 25-30 point season from Connolly so his draftability looks to be low. Today, 8:16 am
  • Fleischmann departure aids Carter
    With Tomas Fleischmann out of the picture, Ryan Carter's chances of breaking camp with the Wild improved greatly.

    Advice: Just as Fleischmann was, Carter is in Wild camp on a professional tryout. Carter is known to the Minnesota coaching staff having played with the Wild the past two seasons and now seems to have a leg up on roster spot over Jordan Schroeder, although it is still early. Today, 8:07 am
  • Stars are still in goalie-share mode
    The Stars will likely still be in a job share situation in net to begin the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Probably not the news poolies want to hear. It seems as if Dallas coach Lindy Ruff is still confident with his tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi despite significant inconsistency last season. Is it just us, or does a Ben Bishop trade to Dallas just make too much sense? Today, 7:58 am
  • Oskar Sundqvist out with injury
    Oskar Sundqvist is out with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Sundqvist skated before the start of practice and should be skating with his teammates in the not to distant future. He only appeared in 18 NHL games last season so he easily could start the season in the minors, especially if Matt Cullen is healthy. Today, 7:34 am
  • Sundin also impressed with Matthews
    You can add former Maple Leaf superstar Mats Sundin to the legion of hockey experts who have been impressed with Auston Matthews.

    Advice: Sundin marvelled at Matthews talent at the World Cup of Hockey tournament and had some advice for Matthews who is set to play for the Maple Leafs this season. "I would say to Auston coming into Toronto is to just be yourself and develop as a person and as a kid," Sundin said. "I think that’s the best advice I can give knowing that there is going to be a lot of pressure and a lot of focus on the Maple Leafs. Keep doing what has brought him to this position and made him the first overall pick and he’ll be fine". Expectations will be sky high in Leaf Nation for Matthews this season. Good thing the kid has the talent and character to deal with them. Today, 7:10 am
  • Larkin's added muscle and ready to be a center
    Dylan Larkin, who has just returned from the World Cup of Hockey tournament, has added muscle this off-season and seems to be in terrific shape.

    Advice: Larkin, who has put on five pounds of muscle in order to help him withstand the rigors of a long NHL season, is enthusiastic about shifting from wing to center this campaign. "He’s been a center most of his career", said Detroit coach Jeff Blashill. "He learned a lot of important lessons last year on the wing. He got a chance to watch two of the best two-way centers in the history of the game in Pavel and Hank. He’s a fast learner, so I’ve got lots of trust in him. The thing that, to me, that can really separate Dylan is his competitive fire and desire. He wants to prove that he is one of the best players." We don't expect a sophomore jinx from Larkin and wouldn't be surprised if he upped his point totals from 45 to the 60-range in 2016-17. Today, 5:49 am
  • Beau Bennett excited about chance with Devils
    Beau Bennett is thrilled about his chance to play with the New Jersey Devils.

    Advice: Bennett was picked up by the Devils in a trade with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the Entry Draft and the Devils re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $725,000. The oft-injured forward has always been highly regarded but just when he makes some headway, it seems like he gets hurt. He has just 16 goals and 45 points in 129 games in four NHL seasons and needs to stay healthy one season to show what he is capable of doing. He had 12 points in 33 games last season. Today, 5:43 am
  • Moulson will have to work way up to rebound
    If Matt Moulson is to rebound from his disastrous 2015-16 season and regain his scoring acumen, he's going to have to work his way up from the Sabres' fourth line.

    Advice: That is where Moulson has started during Buffalo's scrimmages to date. He has ranked behind Kyle Okposo, Sam Reinhart and Brian Gionta on the right side and Evander Kane, Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno on the left. "I’ve spoken to Dan [Bylsma]," Moulson said. "He’s pretty blunt in what he says. He doesn’t mix words, so I know I have to earn everything, and that’s what I’m here to do". Although we expect a slight rebound from Moulson this season, don't expect any miracles. Today, 5:32 am
  • Krejci on modified contact provision
    David Krejci is currently participating at the Bruins' training camp in a modified contact mode.

    Advice: That makes perfect sense as the talented pivot is recovering from off-season hip surgery. Notwithstanding his status Krejci seems to have taken a few bumps during scrimmages without any ill effects. "Sometimes you get some bumps when you don’t really want to, but I’m glad I did because I felt pretty good after it. It’s just another step closer. Practices are fun, but I’m looking forward to playing some games," said Krejci. Krejci is waiting to get clearance to play in an exhibition contest but all signs point to him being ready to go at full speed once the season starts. Today, 5:20 am
  • Reid Boucher out with hip flexor
    Reid Boucher missed scrimmaging on Saturday due to a hip flexor.

    Advice: Boucher had eight goals and 19 points in 39 NHL games last season and is expected to take on a bigger role in 2016-17. Consider him day-to-day for now and look for a 40 point season out of the winger. Today, 4:31 am
  • Adrian Kempe likely to remain in AHL
    Adrian Kempe will likely play another season in the AHL.

    Advice: The Kings first pick in 2014, Kempe made the trek from Sweden last season and played for the Ontario Reign of the AHL. He struggled at times and went 17 straight games without a goal before he suffered an upper body injury in late February. Kempe ended the season with 11 goals and 28 points in 55 games but had 16 points in his first 20 games in the league. Kempe will likely be a call up at some point in the season but it is still too early to tell if he is worth a pickup this season in fantasy pools. Today, 4:19 am
  • Oilers unsure where to play Darnell Nurse
    The Edmonton Oilers could have trouble placing Darnell Nurse in their lineup.

    Advice: The 21-year-old blueliner was asked to do too much too soon, with the Oilers last season and ended up playing too many minutes in his 69 NHL games. Nurse is going to be a good one but the Oilers can`t risk losing him by playing him in situations that can hurt his development. "I look at Darnell as a five-tool D-man. His skating ability is exceptional. He’s got a bite and a tenacity to him and there’s more offensively there," said coach Todd McLellan. "We have to let him feel good about that, and defensively, he’ll improve. We have an all-around defenceman who can play any which way. Rugged. Or a skill guy. He has the tools for that. Physically, he’s bigger and stronger, but that’s Mother Nature helping out. In Darnell’s case, it’s not about his strength, it’s about reading and reacting (as a D-man). I think he can have a big year for us." Nurse could be a top pairing defenseman this season but it`s better for his development to be one peg down from there. Today, 4:07 am
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand in great shape to make CMB
    Oliver Bjorkstrand looks like a lock to make the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

    Advice: That being said, you never know what is going on in the head of head coach John Tortorella. Bjorkstrand was taken in the third round of the 2013 Draft and has been on an upward trend ever since. He had four goals and eight points in 12 NHL games last season and was a huge part of the Lake Erie Monsters climb to the Calder Cup as he was named MVP off his 10 goals, including five in the final three games. Look for a 40 point-plus season from Bjorkstrand and draft him in most keeper leagues. Today, 3:57 am
  • Simon Despres looking for healthy season
    Defenseman Simon Despres is looking to remain healthy this season as he had a couple of concussions in 2015-16.

    Advice: Despres was concussed in October after a hit by Tyson Barrie in the fifth game of the season and sat out 42 games at the time. The symptoms returned in late March after a game in Montreal when he was hit again. "Well, I was sensitive to light," Despres said. "Sensitive to noise. More emotional. I had headaches. Dizziness. Close to fainting. Stuff like that. ... It was a challenge. It was dangerous." Despres is currently healthy and has changed his number from 24 to 6 in hopes of a new start. He had only four points in 32 games last season so we definitely do not recommend the veteran defenseman in fantasy pools. Today, 2:31 am
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