News: Viktor Stalberg (lower body), is skating outside of team practices, according to the Tennessean. Analysis: Viktor Stalberg's original prognosis was two-to-four weeks, which puts him back in the lineup hopefully no later than mid-October. Even when he does return, he is likely looking at a checking-line role which gives him minimal fantasy value outside of deeper formats.
News: Colin Wilson (undisclosed), who wore a no-contact jersey for Tuesday's practice, was a full participant Wednesday, according to the Tennessean. Analysis: Colin Wilson centered a line with Erik Nystrom and Rich Clune during practice, which would represent either the Preds' third or fourth line most nights. While the injury concerns surrounding Wilson appear to have faded, we need to see him back on a scoring line to view him as fantasy-worthy in most formats. Earlier in camp, he was skating with Derek Roy and Craig Smith, so hopefully he gets reunited with these two higher-caliber linemates at some point.
News: Max Domi, the Coyotes' top prospect, has registered four assists in three pre-season games as he makes a case to stick with the club. Analysis: Max Domi, coming off a stellar campaign with London of the OHL, is seeing regular shifts and plenty of power play time (more than 4:00 minutes per game) in the pre-season. If coach Dave Tippett uses him that way in the regular season, Domi's skill level should net fantasy owners a nice return.
News: Fedor Tyutin picked up two assists in Wednesday's 6-3 preseason win over the Hurricanes. Analysis: Although he's very steady on the Columbus blue line, Fedor Tyutin's fantasy upside is limited as long as Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski remain on the top power play unit.
News: Mikkel Boedker netted his first goal of the pre-season Wednesday in a loss to Edmonton. It has his only shot in more than 16 minutes of ice time. Analysis: Mikkel Boedker will look to build on a breakout season that saw him top 50 points for the first time. He will man the wing on one of the top two lines for the Coyotes and see plenty of ice time on the power play.
News: Matt Calvert scored two goals and added an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 preseason win over the Hurricanes. Analysis: He's seen a lot of work this preseason with top prospect Alexander Wennberg, and with Ryan Johansen (contract dispute), Nathan Horton (back) and Boone Jenner (hand) all currently sidelined Matt Calvert will likely be asked to take on a bigger share of the offensive load when the regular season begins. He could be a bit of a sleeper in deep leagues.
News: Devan Dubnyk took the loss Wednesday against his old team - Edmonton - giving three goals on 30 shots. Analysis: Devan Dubnyk will back up Mike Smith in Arizona this year as he looks to rehabilitate his career coming off an awful season in 2013-14. He is not in line to see all that many starts barring an injury to Smith.
News: Skating between Cam Atkinson and Matt Calvert on Wednesday, Alexander Wennberg picked up two assists in a 6-3 preseason win over the Hurricanes, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: He's making it very hard for the Blue Jackets to send him to AHL Springfield, but with Ryan Johansen (contract dispute), Nathan Horton (back) and Boone Jenner (hand) all currently sidelined the club has plenty of vacancies to fill on its forward lines.
News: Skating on a line with Artem Anisimov and Scott Hartnell on Wednesday, Marko Dano scored two goals in a 6-3 preseason win over the Hurricanes, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The young Slovak has had a strong camp overall, and with Ryan Johansen (contract dispute), Nathan Horton (back) and Boone Jenner (hand) all sidelined right now there's a golden opportunity for Marko Dano to break camp on the NHL roster and possibly even win a top-six line placement to kick off the regular season.
News: The Senators named Erik Karlsson as the new team captain Thursday. Analysis: The news comes as sort of a surprise considering most people thought veteran defenseman Chris Phillips would be the new captain, but Erik Karlsson is certainly a longer term solution. The announcement shows that the team's management is committed to rebuilding, and turning their attention to the future leaders of the organization like Karlsson, Bobby Ryan, and Kyle Turris, rather than trying to hang on to past success. Karlsson is in line for another big year for his first season with the "C," as he'll try to improve on his 2013-14 campaign in which he racked up 20 goals and 54 assists in 82 games.