News: J.T. Miller will be used at the center position during the team's training camp this month, reports Andrew Gross of The Record. Analysis: With the summer amnesty buyout of Brad Richards and an already glaring depth issue at the position, it's no surprise that head coach Alain Vigneault will look to plug a hole with depth from the wing. The still just 21-year-old J.T. Miller has solid potential, but just five goals and 10 points through 56 career games in the NHL. Nonetheless, being tabbed as a center gives him an inside track to make the team on opening night.
News: Dion Phaneuf will move to the left side of the ice for the upcoming season, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Analysis: Given Dion Phaneuf's standing as a left-handed puck handler, the move across the ice should actually prove beneficial for the veteran blueliner, whose defensive prowess has slipped as he's aged. In addition to transitioning to the left side, Phaneuf also figures to see more relief with the offseason additions of Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas, who should help preserve the 29-year-old for the rigors of an 82-game season. Even if Phaneuf notices a reduction in minutes, he should still offer 30-to-40 point potential to go along with a bevy of hits, blocks and penalty minutes.
News: J.P. Anderson started in net for the first of two Sharks' prospects games, allowing three goals in the loss to Anaheim. Analysis: J.P. Anderson is on the training camp roster for the Sharks, but looks like he'll be on the outside looking in this season, with Antti Niemi and Alex Stalock locks for the NHL roster.
News: Jamie McGinn isn't completely recovered from offseason back surgery and could be limited in training camp, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Jamie McGinn re-upped with the Avs on a two-year deal in June, and it's likely the team knew about the procedure before bringing him back in the fold. The Avs haven't issued a rough timetable for when to expect McGinn back at full strength, but his injury puts the club in somewhat of a rough spot with several of their other forwards banged up in the early going. If McGinn recovers well as camp progresses, he'll likely occupy a spot on the third line entering the 2014-15 campaign.
News: Avs coach Patrick Roy said he's tentatively planning to use Jarome Iginla as the second-line right wing this season, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Roy revealed his projected top-six forwards at Thursday's training camp session, slotting Jarome Iginla next to Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Duchene. That trio would be good enough to qualify as the top line for most teams, but the fact that they'll likely match up against lesser competition should only further aid their productivity. Iginla may be transitioning to a new squad after signing a three-year deal with the Avs in the summer, but expect him to make a run at another 30-goal season to go along with a magnificent plus/minus rating.
News: Stephane Robidas (leg) has yet to receive clearance for contact drills during training camp, TSN's Mark Masters reports. Analysis: Stephane Robidas is still on the mend from the broken leg he suffered with the Ducks in the postseason, but the expectation is that he'll be at full health for the final two preseason games. Following the offseason trade of Carl Gunnarsson to the Blues, Robidas could be asked to join Dion Phaneuf on the team's top defensive pairing.
News: John Mitchell's participation in training camp could be limited in the early going while he deals with migraines, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The Avalanche have already announced that the migraines aren't related to the Apr. 11 concussion the center suffered, knocking him out of the remainder of the postseason. While that sounds like a bit of fortunate news, John Mitchell could still be held out of the team's first few preseason games as a precaution. Mitchell is likely poised to open the regular season as the team's third-line center.
News: Avs coach Patrick Roy said at Thursday's training camp session that the Alex Tanguay is slated to open the season as the right wing on the first line, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: If that ends up being the case, it could be a boon for Alex Tanguay, who would be placed alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon on a line full of offensive firepower. Even at the tail end of his career, Tanguay has shown an aptitude for collecting points, but staying healthy could prove problematic. Knee and hip issues limited him to 16 games last season, and he also missed a total of 26 contests across the previous two campaigns. There's still plenty of risk with Tanguay, but the prospect of playing with MacKinnon could greatly outweigh it.
News: Patrick Bordeleau will miss the next three months while he continues to recover from offseason back surgery, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: It wasn't announced during the summer that Patrick Bordeleau had planned such a procedure, so his absence from training camp came as a little bit of a surprise. As a fourth-line enforcer, Bordeleau suited up for all 82 games last season for the Avs, compiling 178 hits and 115 penalty minutes. Cody McLeod or Paul Carey could be asked to fill Bordeleau's role on the checking line while he remains sidelined.
News: Corey Perry is projected to be a top performer when it comes to covering fantasy categories for the Ducks and fantasy owners alike this coming season, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Over his past four seasons, the versatile winger is clutch in formats using multiple categories. 145 goals, 276 points, 368 PIMS, and a plus 44. He puts up stellar stats in other areas as well. Last season, 280 shots on goal, 18 power play points, nine game winning goals and 81 hits. Point is, Corey Perry is a top option in fantasy drafts and special in category-driven formats.