News: Jonathan Drouin (thumb) was on the ice in a non-contact jersey Tuesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: That he's on the ice in any capacity is certainly a good sign in his recovery. The current expectation is that Jonathan Drouin will miss at least the first week of the regular season as a result of the injury which is believed to have been suffered earlier this month.
News: Shayne Gostisbehere notched a goal and an assist in Monday's 6-3 blowout loss to the Rangers. Analysis: The goal marked the second of the preseason for the rookie defenseman. The Flyers have high hopes for the collegiate standout, especially with the loss of defensive stalwart Kimmo Timonen. Still, it seems likely the Flyers' will first want Shayne Gostisbehere to polish his game in the AHL. A mid-season call-up isn't out of the question, so he could be worth a late-round pick in some leagues.
News: Samuel Morin allowed his temper to get the best of him, cross-checking Rangers' winger Mats Zuccarello after Zuccarello upended Morin. Analysis: According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia, Flyers' coaches had already talked to the 19-year-old Samuel Morin about controlling his emotions. For Panaccio, this is a clear signal the young defenseman isn't ready for the big leagues. Draft accordingly.
News: Steve Mason allowed six goals on 37 shots in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Rangers. Analysis: With the Flyers' defense still looking messy, Steve Mason looks like a backup option -- at best.
News: James Sheppard skated by himself Monday while he battles a left knee injury, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports. Analysis: James Sheppard's injury is considered to be minor at this stage, so he wouldn't seem at much risk at missing the start of the regular season. The forward is slated to fill a bottom-six role for the Sharks, after tallying four goals and 16 assists in 67 games last season.
News: Josh Anderson was assigned to AHL Springfield on Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: An opening existed for Josh Anderson to potentially break camp with Columbus due to Nathan Horton's uncertain return date and Ryan Johansen's ongoing contract dispute, but he didn't even make it to final cuts. As a result, the 20-year-old will make his professional debut at the AHL level, after accruing 52 points in 59 games in his final year of junior play.
News: Ryan Craig was waived by the Blue Jackets on Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The 32-year-old Ryan Craig is an AHL journeyman whose chances of cracking the Blue Jackets' Opening Night roster were remote, at best. He'll return to the familiar confines of Springfield, where he supplied 18 goals and 15 assists over 55 games last season.
News: Sean Collins was placed on waivers by the Blue Jackets on Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: It's merely a formality, as Sean Collins is expected to report to AHL Springfield after clearing waivers. Aside from a brief cup of coffee with Columbus, Collins, 25, spent all of last season at Springfield, accumulating 16 goals and 41 points in 67 games.
News: Pierre-Cedric Labrie was waived by the Blackhawks on Monday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Pierre-Cedric Labrie stood little chance of breaking camp with the Blackhawks, who boast considerable depth, even on the checking line. Expect Labrie to pass through waivers and open the season with AHL Rockford.
News: Cody Bass was waived by the Blackhawks on Monday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Cody Bass stood little chance of breaking camp with the Blackhawks, who boast considerable depth even on the checking line. Expect Bass to pass through waivers and open the season with AHL Rockford.