Leafs' Clarkson Dealing With Lower-Body Injury
, RW, TOR
News: David Clarkson
is dealing with a lower body injury, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
Analysis: David Clarkson
joined Tyler Bozak as the two out for the practice, with both reportedly dealing with lower-body injuries. They both ocurred during pre-camp workouts, and coach Randy Carlyle believes the injury is minor.
There have been no visible developments with regard to the contract situations of Reilly Smith
and Torey Krug, according to the Boston Herald.
While we expect that the restricted free agents, who remain away from training camp, will be back with the team in time, the Bruins may need to make a trade in order to free up the salary cap room necessary to make that happen. Once Reilly Smith
(who recorded 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games last season) does rejoin the Bruins, he'll presumably skate on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
Islanders Have Reunited Kulemin and Grabovski
, LW, NYI
News: Nikolai Kulemin
has been playing on a line with Mikhail Grabovski during training camp, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
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.
Ducks' Palmieri Hopes To Play In Final Exhibition
, RW, ANA
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.
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.
Sabres' Kaleta Focusing On Roster Battles
, RW, BUF
After being demoted to the AHL and suffering a season-ending ACL injury, Patrick Kaleta
is ready to return to the lineup and says his focus has never been better, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta
was handed his fourth NHL suspension after a hit to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson. An aggressive player and a childhood Sabres fan, Kaleta is relishing a return into the lineup and noted his admiration for head coach Ted Nolan, who was coach of the Sabres in the '90s. Kaleta is vying for a spot on the team's fourth line and brings plenty of grit and experience to the lineup. If he can stay focused, he has a very good chance of earning a spot in the lineup. Though Kaleta was previously a reliable source of penalty minutes, cleaning up his game might serve him better in real life than in fantasy. His value is minimal at this point.
Jackets' Anderson To Get Look In Camp
, RW, CLB
With Nathan Horton sidelined indefinitely due to back trouble and Ryan Johansen not at camp due to a contract dispute, Josh Anderson
will be one of the players looked at as a possible replacement among the Blue Jackets' top nine forwards.
Analysis: Josh Anderson
could replace Horton's size and physical presence on the ice, if not his offense, but he'll need to have a very impressive training camp to leapfrog the more veteran players available to the Blue Jackets.
Jackets' Horton Could Miss All Of Camp
, RW, CLB
News: Nathan Horton
(back) may not participate at all in training camp, and he could be sidelined for the initial stages of the regular season, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
The Blue Jackets have apparently known for a while about Nathan Horton
's back injury, but managed to keep it under wraps. Horton managed to play in just 36 games last season due to shoulder and abdominal injuries, and 2014-15 is starting out in much the same way. Be very cautious before drafting him this year.
Perron To Open Camp On The Right Side For Edmonton
, LW, EDM
News: David Perron
will open up training camp playing right wing, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: David Perron
is slated to play on a line with Benoit Pouliot and rookie Leon Draisaitl. This line could be broken up however if Draisaitl doesn't make the team out of camp. The Oilers don't have another playmaking center on the roster so Perron's offensive numbers could take a dip this season.
Oilers' Yakupov To Start On Third Line
, RW, EDM
News: Nail Yakupov
will open up training camp on the third line, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov
played mainly on the right wing last season but will be moved to the left side this season playing on a line with Mark Arcobello and Teddy Purcell. This is obviously not good for fantasy owners but this is also not written in stone. A productive camp could see Yakupov bumped back up to the second line.
Jets Confirm Byfuglien To Open Season As Forward
, RW, WPG
Jets coach Paul Maurice reiterated Thursday that Dustin Byfuglien
would "start and finish" training camp as a forward, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
This was to be expected after Dustin Byfuglien
played exclusively at forward when Maurice replaced Claude Noel as coach in January, and it should only help Big Buff's fantasy value in leagues where he retains eligibility as a defenseman. Byfuglien racked up 10 goals and 12 assists over 32 games on the wing last season, scoring at a rate actually lower than what he provided at the blue line. However, with a full offseason to prepare for a role at forward, Byfuglien stands a good chance at boosting his per-game point totals, but perhaps only if he's able to land a spot on the first or second line.