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.
News: Danny Kristo was reassigned to AHL Hartford on Wednesday, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Danny Kristo is viewed as one of the Rangers' better prospects, but at 24 years old and without a single NHL game under his belt, it seems unlikely that he'll ever emerge as much more than a complementary player when he reaches the majors. The University of North Dakota product will head back to Hartford for his second straight campaign. He tallied 25 goals and 18 assists over 65 games with the AHL club last season.
News: Ryan Bourque was reassigned to AHL Hartford on Wednesday, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Ryan Bourque's ability to play center probably kept in camp longer than originally thought, but he never warranted serious consideration for replacing the void down the middle felt by Derek Stepan's (leg) absence. The 23-year-old is expected to serve as one of Hartford's primary scorers this season, after recording 21 goals and 16 assists with the club a year earlier.
News: Chris Bourque was assigned to AHL Hartford on Wednesday. Analysis: After spending the 2013-14 campaign overseas, Chris Bourque wasn't able to earn a role with the parent club out of training camp. He'll have to prove his worth at AHL Hartford before getting a shot with the Rangers.
News: Conor Allen was assigned to AHL Hartford on Wednesday. Analysis: Conor Allen, 24, appeared in three games for the Rangers last season, but wasn't able to distinguish himself enough in training camp to earn a roster spot. He'll instead head back to Hartford, where he accumulated six goals and 25 assists over 72 contests.