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.
News: Nathan Beaulieu scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday night's 3-1 preseason win over Chicago. Analysis: Of the three kid defensmen vying for a spot on the roster, Nathan Beaulieu has the edge over Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn.
News: Carey Price stopped 31 of 32 shots in Wednesday night's 3-1 preseason win over Chicago. Analysis: It was another good performance from Carey Price, who had a lineup of kids and NHL journeyman in front of him. The Habs were outshot 22-9 after two periods, but Price kept them in the game until the third period when Montreal scored three times.
News: The 19-year-old Samuel Morin is still on the NHL club as they prepare for their final preseason game, reports Dave Isaac of The Courier-Post. Analysis: Samuel Morin has played well this preseason, but the move is still surprising given Flyers' General Manager Ron Hextall's commitment to developing prospects. However, because Morin still isn't 20, the Flyers can't send him to the AHL -- he'd go straight back to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He's worth a sniff in deeper leagues, though it's still unclear where he would fit in the defensive pairings.