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.
News: Nikolai Kulemin has been playing on a line with Mikhail Grabovski during training camp, according to the Islanders Point Blank. Analysis: This was expected once the Islanders signed both in free agency. The pair had a productive season in 2010-11 playing together in Toronto and the Islanders are hoping to rekindle some of that magic on the second line.
News: Lubomir Visnovsky has completely recovered from the concussion that ended his 2013-14 season and reported to camp, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. Analysis: Lubomir Visnovsky may not be the defenseman he once was but should still anchor the Islanders number one power play unit and could have some value as a fantasy player.
News: Greg Pateryn is competing with fellow prospects Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi for the final spot available on defense, the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: Greg Pateryn is the forgotten defensive prospect as both Beaulieu and Tinordi were first-round draft picks. They've also played more games in Montreal than Pateryn, including postseason action. Pateryn offers a mix of Beaulieu's offensive skills and Tinordi's physicality in his own end, and was the best of the three with a plus-5 with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League last season.
News: Tyler Bozak will not be participating in Leafs' practices and scrimmages Saturday because of an undisclosed injury, reports Sportsnet 590TheFAN. Analysis: There's no word on the type of injury, but it's apparently a day-to-day issue. Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle didn't speak to reporters Friday.
News: David Clarkson missed the first day of Leafs' training camp with an undisclosed injury, according to Sportsnet 590TheFAN. Analysis: There was no word of the type of injury, but it is considered day-to-day.
News: The Predators have invited Brian Lee to training camp on a tryout basis, according to the team's official website. Analysis: The odds of Brian Lee cracking the Preds' roster are slim, since he missed the entire 2013-14 season due to a knee injury, and has never played a full 82-game season in his entire career. However, Lee does have 209 NHL games to his credit with Ottawa and Tampa Bay since the 2007-08 season, amassing 36 points (5g-31a) and 124 penalty minutes.
News: Drew Doughty (upper body) is listed as day-to-day according to general manager Rob Blake, the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: Drew Doughty isn't currently participating in training camp due to an upper-body injury that he suffered while training in the offseason. Considering that the Kings don't kick off their season until Oct. 8, Doughty's chance of playing in the opener increased with this news.
News: Claude Giroux is expected to miss the next two weeks with a lower-body injury, The Record reports. Analysis: Considering that the Flyers' opening game isn't until Oct. 9, Claude Giroux doesn't seem to be in danger of starting the season on the bench. However, he'll miss a substantial part of training camp and may suffer in terms of conditioning. With updates to come, the 26-year-old still seems to be a valuable addition at this point.
News: Kyle Palmieri sprained his ankle during training camp and hopes to return for the team's final preseason game, the Ducks' official site reports. Analysis: The injury is not good news for Kyle Palmieri's fantasy value, but he should be able to do most of his recovery before the regular season starts. How and if he plays in the final preseason game will be important in determining his value for the start of the season.