Player Notes

  • Marian Gaborik (foot) will miss eight weeks
    Marian Gaborik will miss eight weeks due to his foot injury.

    Advice: In other words, Gaborik's not going to just miss the start of the regular season, but a significant portion of it. The Kings were hoping that he'd bounce back from his 22-point 2015-16 campaign and for a time it looked like the World Cup might serve as a good starting point on that journey. Unfortunately this injury has derailed that and while he might still be effective once he's healthy, there's a real chance that he might not be worth owning in standard leagues this season. Today, 2:53 pm
  • Chicago cuts Evan Mosey from camp roster
    Evan Mosey has been cut from the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp roster.

    Advice: Mosey had 14 goals and 41 points in 52 contests with the EIHL's Nottingham Panthers in 2015-16. Although he attended the Blackhawks' camp, he doesn't have a contract with the franchise at this time. Today, 2:12 pm
  • Phil Kessel might not play in the preseason
    Phil Kessel (hand) might not participate in any preseason games.

    Advice: Kessel is on his way back from hand surgery in July. It's possible that he'll play in the Penguins' opener even if he doesn't get in any ice time during the exhibition schedule. Today, 1:34 pm
  • Stephen Gionta is battling a LBI
    Stephen Gionta is dealing with a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Gionta has been competing for a roster spot with the Islanders after agreeing to join their camp on a tryout basis. His chances of making the squad were decreased on Monday when the Steve Bernier agreed to a PTO as well. Today, 12:31 pm
  • Grabovski is on the injured non-roster list
    Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) is on the injured non-roster list.

    Advice: Grabovski failed his physical due to concussion symptoms that have been bothering him since last season. There's no known timetable for his recovery, which is to be expected when it comes to a concussion. Today, 9:59 am
  • Steve Bernier agrees to PTO with Islanders
    Steve Bernier has agreed to a PTO with the New York Islanders.

    Advice: Bernier had a goal and six points in 24 games with the Islanders in 2015-16. He might be able to make the team as a fourth liner. Today, 9:21 am
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  • John Dahlstrom has been reassigned to WHL
    John Dahlstrom has been cut from the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp roster.

    Advice: Dahlstrom will kick off the 2016-17 campaign with the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. He had an assist in 13 games with Frolunda HC of the Swedish league last season. Today, 8:55 am
  • Givani Smith leads in skating tests
    Givani Smith led in most of Sunday's skating tests with Detroit.

    Advice: "The thing about Givani that impressed me is that he has an idea of what is going to separate him from the rest of the crew," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He knows he’s not going to maybe toe-drag as well as some other guys, but he's going to be physical and he's going to go to the net-front to produce offense. Guys that like to do that are few and far between. He seems to like to do that, so that’s a positive for him." Blashill plans to give Smith a chance to show what he can do in a preseason game. Smith was taken with the 46th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft after recording 42 points and 146 penalty minutes in 65 OHL contests. Today, 7:46 am
  • Marcus Sorensen impressing at camp
    Marcus Sorensen has been quite impressive at training camp thus far.

    Advice: The six year Swedish pro is looking to crack the San Jose lineup and with continued performances like this past week, it will be hard for the Sharks to keep him off the roster. "He’s impressive," coach Pete DeBoer said. "He’s got a lot of speed, and he backs people off. He looks good. We’ve got six exhibition games and this is just the start, but there’s a lot of guys that look good." Sorensen had 15 goals and 34 points last season and has been a force with Tommy Wingels and Chris Tierney. Today, 6:57 am
  • Timo Meier misses practice with strep throat
    Timo Meier has missed practice as he is dealing with strep throat.

    Advice: It's not considered too bad as Meier is expected to return to camp on Monday. He should start the season in the minors as he played in the QMJHL last season, scoring 87 points. He is one of the Sharks brightest prospects and should make the Sharks at some point this season. Draft him in keeper leagues at this time. Today, 6:51 am
  • 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. Today, 6:37 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:16 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 5:43 am
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