Player Notes

  • Dowd scores twice in Kings rout of Ducks
    Nic Dowd scored two goals in a 6-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks by the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night.

    Advice: Dowd scored the first goal at the 8:22 minute mark and buried his second puck in the net 18:02 minutes into the second to put the game essentially out of reach. Devin Setoguchi, Justin Auger, Dustin Brown, and Andy Andreoff also got in on the action. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Faksa came to play against Avalanche
    The Dallas Stars’ Radek Faksa came to play against the Colorado Avalanche, but back-to-back goals in the second period were not enough to lift his team. Dallas lost the 4-2 preseason decision Wednesday night.

    Advice: Faksa played 45 games with the Stars last year scoring five goals in the process with seven assists. His time in the AHL was more productive with 15 goals and 11 assists in 28 games. Faksa’s two goals Wednesday night came in a flurry, only seven seconds into the second period with another following at the 3:30 minute mark. Unfortunately, he did not get any help and his two goals were the only scored by the Stars. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Austin Czarnik scores in preseason loss
    Austin Czarnik scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: Czarnik found the back of the net in the second period with him team already trailing 4-0. The 23-year-old has raised some eyebrows since being signed by the Bruins as an undrafted free agent. He scored 20 goals and 61 points in 68 games in his first full year in the AHL last season. He'll be a long shot to make the club, but another strong AHL season could put him in line for a call up to the NHL at some point. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Coyotes release C Lane Pederson
    Arizona has released Lane Pederson.

    Advice: He is expected to return to Swift Current of the WHL. The undrafted 19-year-old split the 2015-16 campaign between Red Deer and Swift Current, while producing 55 points in 72 games. Yesterday, 2:06 pm
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  • Patrik Berglund might move to center
    Patrik Berglund is expected to get a look as the Blues' third-line center.

    Advice: The Blues hoped that Vladimir Sobotka would fill that role, but he couldn't get out of his KHL contract. Berglund is eager to impress this season because he is eligible for unrestricted free agency in next summer. Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Jeff Carter anxious to work in preseason
    Jeff Carter (lower body) is skating on Wednesday at practice.

    Advice: He would like to play in four preseason games to get ready for the regular season. Carter had to sit out the World Cup of Hockey because of a lower-body injury, but that appears to be behind him now. Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Blues return 3 to CHL, including Kyrou
    Jordan Kyrou has been returned to the OHL's Sarnia Sting.

    Advice: Kyrou was the 35th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The Blues also sent Filip Helt (Sarnia) and Adam Musil (Red Deer) to their junior teams. The latest roster cuts have St. Louis down to 53 players at camp. Yesterday, 11:20 am
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  • Matthews still slated to start on 3rd line
    Coach Mike Babcock still plans to start Auston Matthews on the third line when the regular season begins.

    Advice: Matthews lined up between James van Riemsedyk and Leo Komarov during Wednesday's practice, which would probably be considered the top trio. Babcock said that the rookie center's play would determine how fast he goes up the depth chart. Yesterday, 10:38 am
  • Wild assign four players to AHL
    Adam Gilmour was among Minnesota's roster cuts on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been assigned to AHL Iowa along with Adam Vay, Guillaume Gelinas and Alex Gudbranson. The Wild training camp roster is down to 49 players now. Yesterday, 10:18 am
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  • Andrew Shaw will face a hearing Thursday
    Andrew Shaw will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Thursday.

    Advice: He picked up two majors and a game misconduct on Tuesday night in an exhibition game against Washington when he hit Capitals defenseman Connor Hobbs from behind into the end boards. Shaw dropped the gloves with Nathan Walker before he was sent off the ice. Yesterday, 8:56 am
  • Vladimir Sobotka reports to KHL club
    Vladimir Sobotka will indeed play in the KHL in 2016-17.

    Advice: He has reported to Avangard Omsk after attempting to rejoin the Blues for the upcoming NHL campaign. Sobotka will play the final season of his KHL contract, so St. Louis will have to wait another year. Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • Sharks cut Manuel Wiederer from camp roster
    Manuel Wiederer has been cut from the San Jose Sharks' training camp roster.

    Advice: Wiederer had 29 goals and 64 points in 54 QMJHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 150th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Yesterday, 2:55 am
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  • Connor Bunnaman has been sent to the OHL
    Connor Bunnaman has been taken off the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp roster.

    Advice: Bunnaman had 16 goals and 38 points in 68 OHL contests in 2015-16. He was taken by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 109th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Yesterday, 2:41 am
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  • Flyers cut Anthony Salinitri from camp roster
    Anthony Salinitri has been cut from the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp roster.

    Advice: Salinitri had 17 goals and 30 points in 62 OHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 172nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Yesterday, 2:39 am
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  • Lyubimov making strong case for bottom-6 spot
    Roman Lyubimov has been making a strong case for himself early in training camp.

    Advice: Lyubimov has been serving as a right winger on a line with Boyd Gordon and Chris VandeVelde. Among other things, Lyubimov has been battling hard after loose pucks. "It’s a nice trait for a player to have automatically and it’s an important trait," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "His competitiveness and his battle level on 50-50 pucks, things like that, hasn’t changed from Day 1." Lyubimov, who is trying to make the leap from the KHL, also logged 3:55 minutes of ice time on the penalty kill during Tuesday's preseason contest. Yesterday, 2:31 am
  • Islanders test out Alan Quine on right wing
    The New York Islanders are experimenting with using Alan Quine as a right winger in training camp.

    Advice: Quine is used to playing as a center and logged some time as a left winger during the Islanders' 2016 postseason run. If he works out as a right winger too, it would really highlight his versatility. "If that’s the spot that gets me into the lineup, I’m going to put everything I can into it," said Quine. He played alongside Michael Dal Colle and Brock Nelson in Tuesday's preseason contest. Yesterday, 2:26 am
  • Connor McDavid practices with Lucic, Eberle
    As expected, Connor McDavid rejoined the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

    Advice: McDavid had three assists in three games with Team North America during the World Cup. Now that he's back with the Oilers, he skated alongside Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle. It wouldn't be shocking to see that trio on the ice together in Edmonton's season opener as well. Yesterday, 2:03 am
  • Sam Gagner making an early case for himself
    Sam Gagner has a goal and four points in two exhibition games with Columbus.

    Advice: Gagner has also found the back of the net in a shootout. After playing a limited role with Philadelphia in 2015-16, this is an opportunity for him to start fresh. "He keeps on making a case for himself," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It looks like he’s handling the speed (well). Last night, (in Boston) was a much quicker game than our games against St. Louis. He made some good plays, made a nice play to Zaar and scored just a beautiful goal in the shootout." Yesterday, 1:53 am
  • Alex Dostie heads back to the QMJHL
    Alex Dostie has been returned to QMJHL Gatineau.

    Advice: Dostie was participating in the Anaheim Ducks' training camp. He had 25 goals and 73 points in 54 QMJHL contests in 2015-16. Yesterday, 1:25 am
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  • Ryan Kesler wouldn't compare WC to Olympics
    Ryan Kesler doesn't feel the 2016 World Cup compares to the Olympics.

    Advice: "It was weird," Kesler said. "I thought there’d be more of a buzz in Toronto. There wasn’t … It just didn’t seem like there was a buzz. If you didn’t know what was going on, you wouldn’t even know teams were playing. That’s the only thing I was really disappointed with." By contrast, Kesler considered the Olympic experience "unbelievable." Of course, the World Cup and Olympics aren't mutually exclusive, but there is uncertainty as to whether or not the NHL will participate in the Olympics in addition to the World Cup. Yesterday, 1:20 am
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