News: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was very impressed with his initial look at Alexander Wennberg during the first day of training camp, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "To me, he was at a level above a lot of guys that were (at the Traverse City prospect tournament), which says a lot, because there is some good talent up there," Richards said Friday. "You watch him out here and he fits right in. It's the first day (with) lots of energy, lots of excitement. But he comes across as a headsy' player." Analysis: Ryan Johansen's contract dispute could open up a spot at center in Columbus on one of the top three lines if it extends into the regular season, and the Jackets would love to see Alexander Wennberg step up and seize it. There's a lot of camp left yet, and the club has plenty of depth with NHL experience to compete with their prospects, but last year's 14th overall pick has the talent, hockey IQ and drive to force the Jackets' hand.
News: Ryan Murray was held out of the first day of training camp due to some soreness in his knee following an offseason scope, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The Jackets aren't treating this as a major issue, but given Ryan Murray's history of lower body injuries so far in his brief NHL career this is worth keeping an eye on.
News: Corey Potter is still a couple weeks away from being cleared for contact following shoulder surgery, the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Corey Potter is hoping to nab one of the final blue line spots available in Calgary, as the first five spots are pretty much locked down. Potter played sparingly with Edmonton and Boston last season, but the Flames like his game.
News: After offseason shoulder surgery, Tyler Wotherspoon still has yet to receive medical clearance, the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: Tyler Wotherspoon is one of the contenders for the final few defenseman spots, so he's hoping to get cleared soon so he can show what he can do. He had a couple of points in limited action last season but has shown a lot of potential in both the AHL and NHL.
News: Mikael Backlund has been limited in his practice with an abdominal strain, according to the Calgary Sun. Analysis: Mikael Backlund should be fine for when the season starts, but be does have a history of being plagued with injuries. He's coming off a 39-point season, his best in the NHL so far.
News: There have been no visible developments with regard to the contract situations of Reilly Smith and Torey Krug, according to the Boston Herald. Analysis: While we expect that the restricted free agents, who remain away from training camp, will be back with the team in time, the Bruins may need to make a trade in order to free up the salary cap room necessary to make that happen. Once Reilly Smith (who recorded 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games last season) does rejoin the Bruins, he'll presumably skate on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
News: David Clarkson (undisclosed) was on the ice in full equipment on Saturday morning before the rest of the team hit the ice for training camp, reports Toronto's Sportsnet 590TheFAN. Analysis: He and Tyler Bozak -- the team's other guy who's "out" with an undisclosed issue -- were out there together; both were in full equipment. His issue remains day-to-day, so don't start worrying yet. But we hope his time on the sidelines doesn't last too long for David Clarkson -- he needs to get into a groove to start this season in order to erase memories of his start last year.
News: Per the Boston Herald, there have been no visible developments with regard to the contract situations of Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Analysis: With training camp underway, the duo remain unsigned, and though we'd expect both Torey Krug and Smith to rejoin the Bruins' fold in time, such an outcome is not yet imminent. Meanwhile, Krug's absence paves the way for fellow smallish mobile David Warsofsky to see added opportunities in training camp.
News: Tyler Bozak (undisclosed) skated in full equipment prior to the Leafs' practice Saturday and remains day-to-day, according to a report on Toronto's Sportsnet 590TheFAN. Analysis: He and David Clarkson, who is also dealing with an undisclosed malady, were on the ice together. Hopefully this is just a case of caution and nothing more. Tyler Bozak is slated to skate alongside Phil Kessel on the top line again this season.
News: Mikhail Grabovski has been playing on a line with Nikolay Kulemin during training camp, according to the Islanders Point Blank. Analysis: Not only is this duo playing on a line together but their lockers are also next to each other. They will anchor the second line for the Islanders and how they play together could go a long way towards determining how successful a season the team will have.