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.
News: Johnny Gaudreau potted a goal in a 2-0 preseason win over Colorado on Tuesday. Analysis: The goal was Johnny Gaudreau's first of the preseason and a big step toward trying to make the team. The speedy winger is a toss-up to start the season in Calgary, and has a bright future.
News: Ryan Malone (hip flexor) returned to practice Wednesday, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: With the Rangers not playing their next preseason contest until Friday, it looks like Ryan Malone will still have some time to nurse himself back to full health before making a final push for a roster berth. The Rangers have several candidates for a minute number of forward spots, meaning Malone may need to impress over the final two games in order to secure a gig.
News: Dan Girardi (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: The Rangers didn't offer any insight as to why Dan Girardi had been limited the last few days, but at any rate, it seems the defenseman is healthy and ready for a return to preseason action. He's expect to play next to Ryan McDonagh on the Rangers' top defensive pair, though he won't provide nearly the fantasy-relevant production his mate will.