News: Jason Pominville had a natural hat trick in Minnesota's win over Pittsburgh on Monday. Analysis: Jason Pominville, while often undervalued, should post a solid season this year, especially if he stays on Minnesota's top line with Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund.
News: Justin Peters will start Thursday's preseason finale against the Flyers, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: With Braden Holtby's standing as the Caps' No. 1 goalie secure, Justin Peters will serve as the primary netminder Thursday, with the soon-to-be-demoted Philipp Grubauer backing him up. Peters was reliable while filling in for injured goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin last season in Carolina, posting a 2.50 GAA and .919 save percentage over 21 outings. While Peters not expected to see extensive run unless Holtby succumbs to injury, he could be a useful streaming option when he's slated to start against a weaker opponent.
News: Mat Clark was sent to AHL Norfolk as the Ducks continue to cut down their roster. Analysis: Mat Clark played 23 games in Norfolk a year ago and will start the season in the minors this season. It's unlikely he will be recalled any time soon, considering the defensive depth the Ducks currently have.
News: Connor Carrick was reassigned to AHL Hershey on Thursday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Though he was unable to crack the team's Opening Night roster, expectations remain high for the 20-year-old Connor Carrick. He ended up seeing action in 34 games for the Caps last season, and he'll likely rank among the team's top call-up options on the blue line in 2014-15.
News: Jesse Blacker was assigned to AHL Norfolk as the Ducks continue to trim their roster. Analysis: Jesse Blacker spent last season in Norfolk as well after being acquired in a deal from Toronto. With the Ducks depth on the blue line, he will likely spend this season in the AHL also, that is unless injuries cripple the D corps.
News: Davis Drewiske was waived by the Canadiens on Thursday, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports. Analysis: The 29-year-old Davis Drewiske, who missed most of last season following shoulder surgery, was unable to beat out Jarred Tinordi or Greg Pateryn in the competition for the Habs' seventh defenseman. He's expected to clear waivers and report to AHL Hamilton.
News: Gabriel Dumont was waived by the Canadiens on Thursday, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports. Analysis: A former fifth-round pick by the Canadiens in 2009, Gabriel Dumont has had a few cups of coffee with the parent club the last few seasons, but it doesn't look as though he'll be a mainstay in the NHL anytime soon. Expect him to clear waivers and report to AHL Hamilton.
News: Nicolas Aube-Kubel signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers on Thursday. Analysis: After excelling with the during his first training camp with the Flyers, Nicolas Aube-Kubel reported back to his junior team Sept. 22. He's already off to a nice start in the QMJHL, posting two goals and an assist over three games.
News: Coach Lindy Ruff acknowledged Sergei Gonchar (ankle) could be out for "a period of time," Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Though the Stars are still a full week away from their regular-season opener against the Blackhawks, Ruff's ominous words suggest Sergei Gonchar's status is in serious question for that contest, and possibly beyond. More information regarding his condition should be available in the coming days, but it might be prudent to move him down a few pegs on your draft board, in the event the injury proves to be more serious. Gonchar's fantasy appeal was already on the downturn before he suffered the ailment, as he tallied only two goals and 20 assists in his first season in Big D, with his 22 points representing his lowest output for a full campaign since 1997-98.
News: Jordie Benn (upper body) was back on the ice with the main group during Tuesday's practice, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: With the Stars' preseason schedule now finished and the team's regular season opener a full week, Jordie Benn looks like he'll be safe from missing any meaningful action. Benn will look to replicate or improve upon his successful full season in Dallas, during which he tallied three goals, 17 assists and a plus-16 rating while averaging 19:09 of ice time per night.