News: Bill Arnold was reassigned to AHL Adirondack on Wednesday, Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: After concluding his career at Boston College last spring, Bill Arnold jumped right from the NCAA ranks to the Flames, seeing action in the NHL club's final game of the season. Though he was given the opportunity to earn a roster spot with the Flames out of camp, Arnold could probably benefit from some more development time at the AHL level. Eventually, he could become a viable second- or third-line player for the Flames.
News: Max Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Adirondack on Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: The 22-year-old was one of several young centers auditioning for duty with the Flames, but it looks like the fourth-line gig will come down to Joe Colborne or Markus Granlund. After registering 21 goals and 42 assists over 66 games in the AHL last season, Max Reinhart has little left to prove in the minors, and should get multiple opportunities to rejoin the Flames in 2014-15.
News: Rocco Grimaldi is on the bubble for an Opening Night roster spot with the Panthers, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Analysis: Checking in at just 5-foot-6, the 21-year-old Rocco Grimaldi has thrived in his first camp with the Panthers, after concluding a dazzling three-year career at the University of North Dakota. As is typical for players of his stature, Grimaldi has used his blazing speed to his advantage, showing goal-scoring ability at every level he's played at, including preseason action to this point. However, unless the Panthers are able to deal one of their veteran forwards on an expiring contract, it might be tough for the team to make roster room for the promising youngster.
News: While Blackhawks head man Joel Quenneville indicated Wednesday that the team hasn't decided on Teuvo Teravainen's fate for this season, the coach strongly suggested that the young winger would open the season at the AHL level, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: With only a fourth-line duty available for Teuvo Teravainen if he makes the team's Opening Night roster, it seems the Blackhawks are leaning toward stashing him in the minors, where he could better develop as a top-six player. The 20-year-old ranks as the Blackhawks' top prospect and one of the best in all of hockey, and while he might not get a full-time opportunity to showcase his skills in 2014-15, he could be centering Patrick Kane by this point next season.
News: Brad Marchand notched a goal and an assist in 19:17 worth of ice time in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Islanders. Analysis: Meanwhile, Brad Marchand (who averaged less than half a minute of power play time in 2013-14) saw 3:21 worth of man-advantage action Tuesday, a trend that could potentially extend into the regular season, ESPN.com reports. "It's certainly a possibility," coach Claude Julien said with regard to Marchand seeing added power play duty in 2014-15. "He's a better player this year already than he was all of last year." On heels of a season in which he recorded 25 goals and 53 points in 82 games, while seeing limited power play ice time, any sort of uptick on that front would bode well for the winger's chances of seeing increased production this year.
News: Julien Brouillette was reassigned to AHL St. John's on Wednesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: At 27 years old, Julien Brouillette is no longer viewed as a prospect, but he does give the Jets some reliable blue line depth in the minors. He'll need an array of injuries to occur in Winnipeg before he gets an extended opportunity with the big club.
News: Carl Klingberg was reassigned to AHL St. John's on Wednesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Carl Klingberg has appeared in 10 games with the Jets across the last three seasons, but it doesn't appear as though he's on the cusp on earning a permanent stay with the parent club. He may need an assortment of injuries to get an extended chance in Winnipeg, and might be an intriguing option if that ever ends up materializing. Klingberg has proven himself as a capable scorer at St. John's, amassing a career-high 22 goals in 65 contests last season.
News: John Albert was reassigned to AHL St. John's on Wednesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: John Albert was auditioning for a bottom-six role with the Jets, after logging nine games with the club in 2013-14. He'll assume a primary scoring role while he remains with the AHL club, but the 25-year-old won't have the opportunity to deliver much point production on the occasions he gets the call back to the Jets.
News: Jonas Hiller faced 28 shots and stopped them all Tuesday in a 2-0 preseason victory against the Avalanche. Analysis: Jonas Hiller played well on Tuesday and likely has an inside track to the No. 1 goalie position, although it should be a timeshare with Karri Ramo to begin the 2014-15 campaign. The Flames should improve this season, but it may not be enough to boost Hiller as a major fantasy player.
News: Connor Hellebuyck was reassigned to AHL St. John's on Wednesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: After a successful amateur career at UMass-Lowell, Connor Hellebuyck will begin his professional career in the AHL, where he figures to serve as the team's No. 1 goalie. He's considered one of the top netminding prospects in all of hockey, and with the less-than-impressive Ondrej Pavelec currently holding down a starting job for the NHL club, it may not be long before Hellebuyck earns his way to Winnipeg.