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Smith, Domingue will split Monday's game 09-26-2016
Mike Smith G ARZ
Mike Smith will start in Monday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Sarah McLellan on Twitter
Smith had a 2.63 GAA and .916 save percentage in 32 games in 2015-16. Rather than let Smith play the full 60 minutes, the plan is for Louis Domingue to enter into the contest around the halfway mark.
Marc-Andre Fleury will start vs. Detroit 09-26-2016
Marc-Andre Fleury G PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury will play between the pipes against Detroit on Tuesday. on Twitter
Fleury is warming up for what will be a significantly different season for him. Rather than go into the campaign as the Penguins' clear number one goaltender as he has in the past, he'll have to compete for that spot with Matt Murray.
Chicago cuts Evan Mosey from camp roster 09-26-2016
Evan Mosey has been cut from the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp roster.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
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.
Nick Bonino misses Monday's skate 09-26-2016
Nick Bonino C PIT
Nick Bonino (foot) didn't participate in Monday's practice. on Twitter
Bonino was struck in the foot by the puck on Sunday. The good news is that this doesn't sound like a significant problem. "He came in and was sore, so we held him off," coach Mike Sullivan explained. With that in mind, it sounds like this is just a day-to-day issue.
Nikita Nesterov inks one-year extension 09-26-2016
Nikita Nesterov D TB
Nikita Nesterov has signed a one-year, $725,000 deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Nesterov had three goals and nine points in 57 games with the Lightning in 2015-16. He was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal.
Phil Kessel might not play in the preseason 09-26-2016
Phil Kessel RW PIT
Phil Kessel (hand) might not participate in any preseason games.

Jason Mackey on Twitter
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.
Stephen Gionta is battling a LBI 09-26-2016
Stephen Gionta C NYI
Stephen Gionta is dealing with a lower-body injury.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
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.
Marian Gaborik (foot) might miss 16-17 opener 09-26-2016
Marian Gaborik LW LA
Marian Gaborik suffered a foot injury while representing Team Europe.

Nick Kypreos on Twitter
Gaborik is done for the rest of the World Cup and will probably miss the start of the regular season as well. He had two goals in four World Cup games. Injuries have been a big issue for Gaborik throughout his career. It used to be that he was at least very effective when healthy, but in 2015-16 he was limited to 12 goals and 22 points in 54 contests.
Zach Werenski (groin) practices Monday 09-26-2016
Thomas Schemitsch D FLA
Zach Werenski (groin) took part in Monday's practice.

Tom Reed on Twitter
Werenski missed the start of training camp due to the ailment. He had 11 goals and 26 points in 36 NCAA contests with the University of Michigan last season.
Nate Schmidt (LBI) misses scrimmage 09-26-2016
Nate Schmidt D WAS
Nate Schmidt (lower body) wasn't on the ice for Monday's scrimmage.

Isabelle Khurshudyan on Twitter
Schmidt was hurt during Sunday's practice. His injury isn't considered serious, but he's still sore.
Anders Nilsson will get the nod Monday 09-26-2016
Anders Nilsson G BUF
Anders Nilsson will play between the pipes in Monday's preseason contest. on Twitter
Nilsson will be looking to build off of his strong showing in two intrasquad contests. He's projected to start the campaign as Robin Lehner's understudy.
Ryan Getzlaf misses Monday's practice 09-26-2016
Ryan Getzlaf C ANA
Ryan Getzlaf was kept out of Monday's practice with Team Canada for "general maintenance."

Dan Rosen on Twitter
Getzlaf has two assists in three World Cup games. He also scored a goal and three points in three pre-tournament contests.
Grabovski is on the injured non-roster list 09-26-2016
Mikhail Grabovski LW NYI
Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) is on the injured non-roster list. on Twitter
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.
Steve Bernier agrees to PTO with Islanders 09-26-2016
Steve Bernier RW NYI
Steve Bernier has agreed to a PTO with the New York Islanders.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
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.
Jeffrey Truchon-Viel heads to the QMJHL 09-26-2016
Jeffrey Truchon-Viel has been sent to the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Rick Sadowski on Twitter
Truchon-Viel had 56 points and 132 penalty minutes in 66 QMJHL games in 2015-16. He was never drafted, but had been invited to attend the Avalanche's training camp.
Avalanche send Josh Anderson to WHL 09-26-2016
Sean Day D NYR
Josh Anderson has been reassigned to WHL Prince George.

Rick Sadowski on Twitter
Anderson had six points and 86 penalty minutes in 39 WHL contests in 2015-16. He was taken by the Avalanche with the 71st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Avalanche reassign Travis Barron 09-26-2016
Travis Barron has been cut from the Colorado Avalanche's training camp roster.

Rick Sadowski on Twitter
Barron will report to OHL Ottawa. He had 13 goals and 37 points in 60 OHL contests last season.
Brogan O'Brien cut from camp roster 09-26-2016
Brogan O'Brien has been reassigned to WHL Prince George.

Rick Sadowski on Twitter
O'Brien had 18 goals and 56 points in 71 WHL contests in 2015-16. He was never drafted by an NHL squad, but the Avalanche invited him to training camp.
John Dahlstrom has been reassigned to WHL 09-26-2016
Jordan Kyrou RW STL
John Dahlstrom has been cut from the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp roster.
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.
Jaden Schwartz didn't feel 100% last season 09-26-2016
Jaden Schwartz LW STL
Jaden Schwartz still wasn't feeling like himself when he returned from an ankle injury during the 2015-16 campaign.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"I came back and played well and contributed," Schwartz said. "It's tough to put a percentage on it, but I wasn't anywhere near where I wanted to be. It's a lot better this year." Schwartz still recorded 32 points in 46 games, including the playoffs, after returning from the injury. If he stays healthy he's got a shot at surpassing the 60-point mark in 2016-17.
Brad Marchand signs 8-year deal with Bruins 09-26-2016
Brad Marchand LW BOS
Brad Marchand has inked an eight-year, $49 million contract extension with the Boston Bruins.

Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
In other words, Marchand's annual cap hit will increase from $4.5 million to $6.125 million starting with the 2017-18 campaign. That's still a pretty affordable cap hit for a player coming off a 37-goal season though the length of the deal is likely part of what kept that cap hit down as he's already 28 years old and will be 37 before he has a chance to enter the free agent market now. Going forward, we're not confident that he'll surpass the 30-goal mark again, but he should at least come close to doing so while still getting under opponents' skin.
Mike Condon worked on his puck tracking 09-26-2016
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Mike Condon tried to improve his puck tracking over the summer.

Montreal Gazette
To aide in that, Condon went through some exercises with a Boston ophthalmologist. "It was sort of like Whack-a-Mole," Condon said. "There was this large board with lights and you had to slap them as they came on." Condon has begun the Canadiens' camp on a positive note by posting two shutout periods in an intrasquad game.
Alex Stalock will get the nod on Monday 09-26-2016
Alex Stalock G MIN
Alex Stalock will play between the pipes in Monday's exhibition contest versus Buffalo.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Stalock signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Wild over the summer. As long as everyone stays healthy, he's projected to start the 2016-17 campaign in the AHL.
Tyler Graovac has recovered from groin injury 09-26-2016
Tyler Graovac C MIN
Tyler Graovac is over the groin injury that plagued him last season.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Graovac will get to demonstrate as much on Monday when he plays in a preseason contest against Buffalo. "I'm so pumped," Graovac said. "I've been waiting for this since the surgery. Throughout the whole year last year, I was just, to be honest, waiting for the year to get over so I could get my strength back. It was tough, took a toll on my body. I feel right now I can start off where I left off at the end of training camp last year. With new coaches, I'm here to make all new impressions." Graovac is competing to earn a spot with the Wild as their fourth-line center.
Givani Smith leads in skating tests 09-26-2016
Nicolas Mattinen D TOR
Givani Smith led in most of Sunday's skating tests with Detroit.

Detroit Free Press
"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.
Xavier Ouellet might make opening game roster 09-26-2016
Xavier Ouellet D DET
Xavier Ouellet might have the inside track in the battle to earn one of Detroit's last defensive roster spots.

Detroit News
"When Ouellet is playing his best hockey he's very good defensively and manages his game real well," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He makes good outlet passes without trying to do too much. He doesn't turn the puck over." Ouellet can't be sent back to the AHL before first being exposed to waivers, which he might not clear. The 23-year-old had 29 points and 66 penalty minutes in 61 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Grigorenko plays center in intrasquad game 09-26-2016
Mikhail Grigorenko RW COL
Mikhail Grigorenko served as a center during an intrasquad game on Sunday.

Denver Post
Grigorenko ended up scoring the lone goal in that contest. He's a natural center, but spent most of the 2015-16 campaign serving as a winger. It will be interesting to see if this is an indication of things to come under new bench boss Jared Bednar, though it could have just been a matter of practicality as the alternatives up the middle were more limited with Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg all unavailable due to the World Cup.
Duncan Keith (knee) practices Sunday 09-26-2016
Duncan Keith D CHI
Duncan Keith (knee) was on the ice again on Sunday.

CSN Chicago
Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said back on Sept. 15 that Keith's knee injury wasn't anything "to be alarmed about" and so far that seems to be a fair assessment. "The first day, Duncs, he got through the practice no problem. He didn't have any issues. Talked to him the next day, the festival game day, and he said he was fine. Today was a little tougher day for defensemen, so we were asking a lot of them. There was a lot of 1-on-1, 2-on-1s, 2-on-2s. Duncs said after practice the forwards had it off and the D had the work day today. But he responded well afterwards," Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. "He even asked if he could come out for the other practice, but we said no." The next step is to see if Keith participates in any preseason games.
Chicago inks prospect Alexandre Fortin 09-26-2016
Alexandre Fortin has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

CSN Chicago
Fortin was never drafted, but Chicago decided to ink him after he served in the Blackhawks' prospects camp. "You know, it's a nice day for me. I've been working on that since I was young, so now it's just Step 1 and I'm very excited for the future," Fortin said. It's the first team that really believed in me. It's awesome." He had 19 goals and 43 points in 54 QMJHL games in 2015-16. He's projected to spend another season playing at the junior level.
Robin Lehner's transformation impresses 09-26-2016
Robin Lehner G BUF
Robin Lehner's teammates have taken note of the significant change the goaltender has undergone over the summer.

Buffalo News
Lehner engaged in mixed martial arts training to get in better shape and last more than 20 pounds in the process. The change was so significant that blueliner Josh Gorges didn't recognize him at first. "He looks like a new guy," added defenseman Jake McCabe said. "You can just tell when he's around he's just really driven and focused and dialed in. He wants to win so bad and prove to everyone that he's a really good goaltender, which he is." After being limited to 21 games last season, Lehner is hoping to stay healthy in 2016-17 and prove that he's capable of being a number one goaltender in this league. The 25-year-old has been seen as having that potential for a while now, but he hasn't had a season yet where he's definitively demonstrated that he's ready for that role. Perhaps this will be the campaign for that.
Peter Cehlarik is worth keeping an eye on 09-26-2016
Scott Kosmachuk RW WPG
Peter Cehlarik is among the players that might get a more serious look due to Frank Vatrano's foot injury.

Boston Herald
Vatrano had the potential to enter the 2016-17 campaign as a top-six forward, but he's been ruled out for the next three months. Cehlarik isn't likely to slot in as a top-six forward just yet, but he might surprise people by claiming a roster spot out of training camp. He had 11 goals and 20 points in 46 Swedish league games last season. He then kicked off his stint with the Bruins on a positive foot by netting two goals in the rookie tournament. "I was impressed, probably like a lot of other people, at the rookie camp out in Buffalo. I thought he played really well," assistant coach Joe Sacco said. "He seems to be skating better than he was in the past. And he's a big, strong kid."
Matt Niskanen looking for more offense 09-26-2016
Matt Niskanen D WAS
Matt Niskanen is looking for more offense this season.

Washington Post
He actually wanted more last season as well but with injuries to Brooks Orpik and John Carlson, Niskanen was thrust into the role of the Capitals shut down blueliner. He still managed one extra point over the previous season but Niskanen thinks that he can do more offensively. "Instead of focusing on some of the offensive parts of the game, he learned to defend better than he ever has and was then a huge part of us having the season that we did," associate coach Todd Reirdon said. "Truly, that's the reason he was able to make it onto that U.S. team, because of how he defended and not because of his offensive game. Now, that's the next challenge. Matt and I have been through a number of plans over the years and different roles that he's had, and that's something that we definitely discussed was having him add a little bit more offense. ... But now I'm able to hold him to a whole 'nother level defensively that he showed me this year."
Dominic Moore helping Spooner on the draw 09-26-2016
Ryan Spooner C BOS
Ryan Spooner has been taking faceoff lessons from Dominic Moore.

Boston Herald
Spooner could certainly use the help, though Moore isn't known for his success on the draw either. Moore won just 43.1% of his draws last season and is 48.8% over his career. Meanwhile, Spooner had a 46.3% success rate on the draw last season. That said, Moore has participated in 14,723 draws at the NHL level at this point, so if nothing else he has plenty of experience to lean on when helping Spooner.
Nate Schmidt injured in practice 09-26-2016
Nate Schmidt D WAS
Nate Schmidt suffered a lower body injury in practice Sunday.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
It is considered minor but Schmidt will be re-evaluated Monday. "Lower body, precautionary thing that we had him go off for," associate coach Todd Reirden said. "He got things checked out. We'll see how he is tomorrow morning. He wasn't going to play tomorrow anyway. So we'll see how it is and take it day-by-day for now." Schmidt played 71 games last season with 16 points and 111 blocked shots. His value is in the blocked shots category.
Tim Schaller (LBI) doesn't skate Sunday 09-26-2016
Tim Schaller C BOS
Tim Schaller didn't participate in Sunday's training camp activities due to a lower-body injury.

Boston Herald
Schaller was hurt when he collided with netminder Zane McIntyre on Friday. His ailment isn't considered to be serious.
Jay Pandolfo enjoying coaching role 09-26-2016
Jay Pandolfo LW BOS
Jay Pandolfo is settling into his new role as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins.

Boston Herald
"I'm enjoying it a lot," Pandolfo said. "I feel like a young kid again doing this coaching for the first time. So far it's been great, real easy for me working with (fellow assistants) Butch (Cassidy) and Joe (Sacco). Both of those guys have been head coaches in the NHL. And Claude (Julien) has been on top of us, too. He's been checking in every day, so it's been a really good experience so far." He'll be their eye-in-the-sky coach during games and will focus on working with the Bruins forwards. He had 100 goals and 226 points in 899 games during his playing career, which ended with the 2012-13 campaign.
Marcus Sorensen impressing at camp 09-26-2016
Marcus Sorensen has been quite impressive at training camp thus far.

CSN Bay Area
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.
F. Vatrano misses out on potential top-6 spot 09-26-2016
Frank Vatrano C BOS
Frank Vatrano had a shot at winning a top-six spot with the Bruins prior to suffering a foot injury that will sideline him for three months.

CSN New England
We'll have to wait and see if Vatrano still gets that kind of opportunity once he's healthy. Vatrano split the 2015-16 campaign between the AHL and NHL with him recording 55 points in 36 contests in the minors and 11 points in 39 games with Boston.
Timo Meier misses practice with strep throat 09-26-2016
Timo Meier RW SJ
Timo Meier has missed practice as he is dealing with strep throat.

CSN Bay Area
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.
Nick Bonino suffers foot injury 09-26-2016
Nick Bonino C PIT
Nick Bonino suffered a foot injury in practice.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It is not yet known how serious the injury may be. "We'll see how he is overnight," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He obviously took a shot in the foot. I don't think it's anything serious. I think it just hit him in an unfortunate spot. We'll have more of an update [Monday]." Stay tuned.
Bryan Rust's injury is to his finger 09-26-2016
Bryan Rust RW PIT
Bryan Rust's injury is to the finger that he broke in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in June.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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.
Leland Irving has chance to make Pens 09-26-2016
Leland Irving G PIT
Leland Irving has a chance to backup Marc-Andre Fleury with Matt Murray out of action for three-six weeks.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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.
Boyd Gordon to help Flyers PK 09-26-2016
Boyd Gordon C PHI
Boyd Gordon should make a big difference to the Flyers penalty killing.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
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.
Michael Del Zotto's wrist is ok 09-26-2016
Michael Del Zotto D PHI
Michael Del Zotto appears to have fully recovered from off-season wrist surgery.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
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.
Jordan Weal impressing at camp 09-26-2016
Jordan Weal C PHI
Jordan Weal has opened a few eyes at Flyers training camp.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
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.
Claude Giroux to play with Schenn, Simmonds 09-26-2016
Claude Giroux C PHI
Look for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds to play on a line with Claude Giroux this season.

CSN Philadelphia
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.
Mika Zibanejad looking for big season in NY 09-26-2016
Mika Zibanejad C NYR
Mika Zibanejad is looking for a big season in New York.

New York Daily News
Zibandejad 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." Zibadejad has a career best 51 points last season and at the age of 23, a 60 point season is within his grasp.
Taylor Hall to make Devils debut 09-26-2016
Taylor Hall LW NJ
Taylor Hall will play his first game as a New Jersey Devil Monday.

The Bergen Record
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.
Jeff Zatkoff excited to be back with Kings 09-26-2016
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Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is excited to be back as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.

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.
Don't forget about Anton Slepyshev 09-26-2016
Anton Slepyshev RW EDM
Anton Slepyshev is back for his second training camp with the Oilers.

Edmonton Sun
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.
Connor MCDavid at camp on Tuesday 09-26-2016
Connor McDavid C EDM
Connor McDavid will report to Oilers camp on Tuesday.

Edmonton Sun
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.
Kris Versteeg happy to be in Edmonton 09-26-2016
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Kris Versteeg is thrilled with his opportunity to play in Edmonton.

Edmonton Sun
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.
Pierre-Luc Dubios makes NHL debut 09-26-2016
Mark Jankowski C CAL
Pierre-Luc Dubois was a minus-two in his NHL pre-season debut.

Columbus Dispatch
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.
Sebastian Aho, Teravainen at camp Monday 09-26-2016
Ryan Johnston D MON
Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen will be in Carolina's camp Monday.

Raleigh News & Observer
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.
Steven Lorentz looking to be a Cane 09-26-2016
Steven Lorentz LW CAR
Steven Lorentz is willing to put in his time to make it into the NHL.

Raleigh News & Observer
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."
Coyotes release three players 09-26-2016
Tim McGauley C WAS
The Arizona Coyotes have released Austin Lotz, MacKenzie Braid and Olivier LeBlanc.

Arizona Republic
Well the first cuts have arrived and the Coyotes are expected to cut more players in the middle of the week.
Garret Ross out with lower body injury 09-26-2016
Garret Ross LW ARZ
Garret Ross suffered a lower body injury in training camp and is day-to-day.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
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.
RFA Tobias Rieder won't report to camp 09-26-2016
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Restricted free agent Tobias Rieder will not report to the Coyotes training camp without a new contract.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
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.
Ducks love versatility of Antoine Vermette 09-26-2016
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The Anaheim Ducks love the versatility of off-season acquisition Antoine Vermette.

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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.
T.J. Galiardi leads Blues to 5-0 win over CBJ 09-26-2016
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T.J. Galiardi scored a goal and an assist in the Blues' 5-0 pre-season win over Columbus on Sunday night. 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.
Jordan Binnington shares shutout in debut 09-26-2016
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Jordan Binnington made 12 saves and split a shutout with teammate Pheonix Copley in the second half of a split squad double header for the Blues and Blue Jackets Sunday night. The Blues won the first game 7-3, then shut out Columbus in the second game 5-0. Copley pitched in 11 saves in the shutout effort. Binnington spent last season with the Chicago Wolves, owning a 18-18-5 record and .907 save percentage.