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  • Max Pacioretty opens preseason with hat trick
    Max Pacioretty registered a hat trick in Sunday's preseason opener against the Arizona Coyotes and he also added an assist.

    Advice: The 30-year-old Connecticut native registered 22 goals and 40 points with a minus-13 rating across 66 games in his first campaign with the Golden Knights after 10 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. He appeared to get comfortable as the season went on, and he certainly looked comfortable in this one. If he can get back to the 50-point neighborhood he will be a decent fantasy asset in most formats, especially if he can get back into the black in plus/minus rating. Today, 5:37 pm
  • Mikael Granlund appears more comfortable
    Mikael Granlund seems more comfortable with the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: "From the onset of training camp, it just seems like he feels like more of a Predator and this is more of his team right now," said Predators GM David Poile. "I’m as optimistic as I can be that we’re going to see the Mikael Granlund that we traded for." Granlund only had one goal and four assists in 16 games with Nashville after he was acquired from Minnesota last year. He should be better in 2019-20 following a full training camp with his new team. Today, 3:54 pm
  • Flames sign Mangiapane to 1-year contract
    Andrew Mangiapane has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: The contract carries an average annual value of $715,000. In 44 games with the Flames last season, he produced eight goals and five assists. Mangiapane also had one goal in five playoff matches. Today, 2:42 pm
  • Nick Robertson among roster cuts Sunday
    Nick Robertson has been assigned to Peterborough of the AHL, as the Leafs trimmed their training camp roster to 54 players on Sunday.

    Advice: Robertson was impressive during the prospects tournament in Traverse City last week. Mikhail Abramov (Victoriaville), Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough), Filip Kral (Spokane), Kalle Loponen (Sudbury), Marc-Antoine Pepin (Shawinigan) and Riley Stotts (Calgary) were also returned to their CHL teams. Today, 1:42 pm
  • James Neal to play with Nugent-Hopkins
    James Neal will play alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, according to coach Dave Tippett.

    Advice: Tippett is looking for a third member of the combination. Sam Gagner got the first look when training camp opened. Today, 11:09 am
  • Zach Hyman (knee) could miss 14-15 games
    Zach Hyman (knee) could miss 14-15 games to start the 2019-20 season, per coach Mike Babcock.

    Advice: That would put Hyman's return around the end of October or early November. He played through a torn ACL during the playoffs and then had surgery. Today, 10:11 am
  • Sammy Blais in the mix for third-line spot
    Sammy Blais will compete for a spot on the Blues' third line.

    Advice: Pat Maroon signed with Tampa Bay in the off-season and the Blues need to find someone to play alongside Tyler Bozak and Robert Thomas. Blais, Robby Fabrri and Zach Sanford will be in the mix for the spot. If Blais were to land this job then he should be able to improve significantly on his 2018-19 production significantly when he recorded four points in 32 games. Today, 9:09 am
  • Sam Bennett on Flames' second line
    Sam Bennett has been skating alongside Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik during training camp.

    Advice: Bennett has been occupying the spot that would go to Matthew Tkachuk, who is absent from training camp because he still a restricted free agent. Bennett expects much more from himself after he notched 13 goals and 27 points in 71 games last season. Today, 9:05 am
  • Dominik Kubalik in the mix for top-six spot
    Domink Kubalik is in the mix to play on one of the Blackhawks' top-two lines going into the season.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has offensive potential after scoring 25 goals and registering 57 points in 50 games in Switzerland's top league in 2018-19. Kubalik was also impressive in this past year's IIHF World Championship when he posted 12 points in 10 games for the Czech Republic. On Saturday, Kubalik skated alongside Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome on the Hawks' second unit. There is a good chance that could turn into a regular gig come the start of the season. Put Kubalik on your watch and sleeper lists without delay. Today, 7:43 am
  • Ilya Kovalchuk doesn't regret Kings signing
    Ilya Kovalchuk does not regret signing last season with the Los Angeles Kings.

    Advice: It was not an easy season for Kovalchuk as the former superstar found himself benched from time-to-time, ending the season with 16 goals and 34 points in 64 games. "No, I’m not that kind of guy," Kovalchuk said in regards to the signing. "You have to go through a lot of stuff to accomplish something, and this was another test for me." Kovalchuk opened camp on a line with Tyler Toffoli and Adrian Kempe. He is a wild card in fantasy drafts as he is capable of scoring but at the age of 36, his best nights are behind him. Today, 7:08 am
  • Drouin starting camp alongside Domi
    Jonathan Drouin is skating alongside Max Domi and Artturi Lehkonen to begin training camp.

    Advice: Drouin and Domi had a lot of success playing together in the first half of last season before Drouin's play deteriorated and the two were split up. Drouin has looked strong and determined in camp to date after an intense off-season in which he trained extremely hard. The uber-talented Drouin has not lived up to his vast potential thus far in his NHL career, but he may finally have realized what it takes for his skill to translate into results. Today, 6:36 am
  • Brandon Tanev on second line to start camp
    Brandon Tanev has been skating on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Alex Galchenyuk to start training camp.

    Advice: It was thought that Tanev would bring his speed and tenacity to the Penguins third unit this season but he has seen his assignment boosted to the second line thus far. "One of the things we like about him is he got a real conscientious 200-foot game," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He can really skate. He’s got a physical edge to his game. He’s good on the forecheck. We think he can force turnovers, create loose-puck opportunities for a player like (Malkin), and he’s good at both ends of the rink. He’s a guy that could be complementary of (Malkin) and Alex. We thought we would try him through the course of training camp and see where it goes. That’s something that we’ve been seriously considering." He is worth a late pick if he remains with Malkin throughout camp. Today, 6:05 am
  • Vatrano impressing Quenneville with play
    Frank Vatrano has been very impressive in the Panthers' training camp thus far.

    Advice: Vatrano is scoring goals and has caught the eye of new Florida head coach Joel Quenneville, who is seeking to find a winger to pair with second-line pivot Vincent Trocheck. Vatrano scored 24 goals and registered 39 points in 81 games last season. With regular work on Trocheck's flank and second unit power-play opportunities, Vatrano could better those totals this upcoming season. Today, 6:05 am
  • Vesey starts camp playing alongside Eichel
    Jimmy Vesey has skated on a line with Jack Eichel for the first two days of training camp.

    Advice: Vesey and Eichel are friends and have trained together in the off-season prior to Vesey's trade to Buffalo. There is a belief that the two players could develop chemistry together and new Buffalo coach Ralph Krueger seems willing to give them a chance to do so. Needless to say, if Vesey can stick on a line with Eichel he will surely better his 35-point total of 2018-19 and will become a fantasy asset worth pursuing. Keep an eye on this situation throughout training camp. Today, 5:38 am
  • Nordstrom practices with teammates
    Joakim Nordstrom practiced with his Bruin teammates for the first time since he fractured his foot during the Stanley Cup finals this past June.

    Advice: The 27-year-old Nordstrom registered 12 points in 70 games with Boston last season but was more effective in the playoffs chipping in eight points in 23 games. He looks like he will be ready to go by the time the regular season begins but can be safely ignored for fantasy purposes as he will play on one of the Bruins' bottom two lines. Today, 5:21 am
  • Draisaitl's deal now looks like a bargain
    Leon Draisaitl's eight-year deal for $68 million now looks like a bargain compared to the deal Mitch Marner just signed.

    Advice: Former GM Peter Chiarelli dd not get a lot right in his tenure with the Oilers, but he got the Draisaitl deal done right as the high-scoring forward still has six years remaining on his contract. Draisaitl was one of two NHLers to score 50 goals last season and his 105 points were fourth-best in the NHL. Look for another 100-point season from Draisaitl, especially if he sees more five-on-five time with the great Connor McDavid. He will go in the first round of most drafts this season. Today, 3:17 am
  • Panarin skates with Zibanejad, Buchnevich
    Artemi Panarin skated on the Rangers' top line alongside Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: As expected, the Rangers' prized offseason acquisition joins last year's first-line holdovers. The Rangers may not have as much depth as some other teams, but their top line could be lethal, and Panarin is set up nicely for another monster season, especially after Mika Zibanejad went off for 30 goals and 44 assists in 2018-19. The 27-year-old has kicked off his career in spectacular fashion over his first four seasons, posting 320 points in 322 games while setting a new career-high with 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in Columbus last year. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Tkachuk misses Flames' first practice
    Matthew Tkachuk was not present for the Flames' first practice of the season on Friday.

    Advice: A restricted free agent, Tkachuk is reportedly still working toward a long-term deal with the Flames. The 21-year-old phenom broke out in a major way during his third NHL campaign, playing an enormous role in Calgary's high-powered attack by posting career-highs in goals (34) and assists (43). Sam Bennett, who has yet to break out but carries some sleeper potential in deeper leagues, practiced alongside Tkachuk's usual linemates, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Laine to train in Switzerland with SC Bern
    Patrik Laine will train with SC Bern of the National League in Switzerland.

    Advice: Laine did not report to the opening day of Jets camp on Friday, as the restricted free agent remains embroiled in contract negotiations with Winnipeg. Jets coach Paul Maurice seemed pleased with Laine's decision to train with a professional team, but coming to a long-term figure that makes everyone happy could be tricky. Laine's upside is through the roof, especially considering the talent around him on a strong Jets team, but he nevertheless experienced his share of ups and downs in 2018-19. On the other hand, while his 50-point performance (30 goals, 20 assists) last year was the weakest of his three NHL seasons, the 21-year-old already has 184 points in 237 career games, and his enormous potential is likely obvious to anyone who has watched him play. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Boedker hobbled by hip flexor
    Mikkel Boedker will miss at least at least five days due to a hip flexor.

    Advice: Senators coach D.J. Smith broke the news on Saturday, revealing that Boedker can't skate right now but that it's "nothing real serious." The 29-year-old lit the lamp seven times and racked up 28 assists in 2018-19, his first season with Ottawa. As he did last year, Boedker might see time on Ottawa's powerplay unit, so he could carry minimal value in the deepest of fantasy leagues, though the upside is lacking. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
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