Milan Michalek
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Gearing up for World Cup of Hockey
Milan Michalek, LW, TOR
10:18 AM
News: Michalek (knee) is healthy and ready to play with the Czech team in the World Cup of Hockey this fall, Sportsnet reports.

Michalek is the elder statesman on a team littered with skaters vying for consistent NHL roles. Included in the Dion Phaneuf trade with Ottawa last February, the winger will look to get off to a strong start to the 2016-17 campaign after he was limited to 45 games last season; since he's on track to participate in the World Cup, it appears that fantasy owners will have a chance to evaluate his performance before deciding whether to draft him. Even though Michalek is past his prime, he's adept on the power play and projected for second-line duty with James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri, a pair of heavy point producers. Consider buying low on Michalek.

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Alexander Steen
Blues' Alexander Steen: Could be ready for opening night
Alexander Steen, LW, STL
7/29/2016
News: Steen is making progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery as performed in early June, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

According to the report, Steen looks doubtful for the World Cup of Hockey, though he could be healthy enough to play in the season opener against the Blackhawks on Oct. 12. The 32-year-old has one year left on his contract, earning $6.5 million, and he could see an increase in shot attempts with David Backes shipped off to Boston. Steen has averaged just under 60 points over the last three seasons, so consider drafting him with an early pick if he keeps showing signs of improvement with the shoulder.

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Marek Hrivik
Rangers' Marek Hrivik: Inks new deal with Rangers
Marek Hrivik, LW, NYR
7/28/2016
News: Hrivik signed a new deal with the Rangers on Thursday.

The terms of Hrivik's contract were not immediately disclosed, but considering he has spent the bulk of his career in the AHL, it is unlikely the team gave him a huge contract. In his three season with Hartford, the 24-year-old compiled 37 goals and 64 assists and could certainly be inline for some call ups during the 2016-17 campaign.

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Mike Hoffman
Senators' Mike Hoffman: Signs four-year deal with Ottawa
Mike Hoffman, LW, OTT
7/27/2016
News: Hoffman avoided arbitration Wednesday and agreeing to terms on a four-year contract with the Senators worth $20.75 million.

Hoffman was third on the team in points last year (59) with 13 of those points coming on the power-play. The winger averages over 17 minutes of ice time per game, including 2:27 with the man advantage and has hit the 45-point mark in each of his two full seasons in the NHL. One of the only knocks on the 26-year-old is that he plays in Ottawa, who may have struggled to get wins, but were ninth in goals scored in 2015-16 with 230. Fantasy owners will need to overlook the team's win-loss column and instead focus on their ability to put pucks in the back of the net and consider snatching up Hoffman is he is available.

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Jay Rosehill
Jay Rosehill: Set to play overseas
Jay Rosehill, LW, PHI
7/26/2016
News: Rosehill signed a contract with the Braehead Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, TSN reports.

Rosehill spent the past two seasons toiling in the minors with AHL Lehigh Valley, an affiliate of the Flyers. The 31-year-old recorded just eight points in 117 NHL games, and will be best remembered for his physical play, having notched 352 PIM in that same span.

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Jake DeBrusk
Bruins' Jake DeBrusk: Back on track
Jake DeBrusk, LW, BOS
7/26/2016
News: CSN's Joe Haggerty suggests that DeBrusk could make a run at a roster spot with the Bruins out of training camp.

Taken No. 14 overall by the Bruins in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft after tallying 42 goals for WHL Swift Current in 2014-15, DeBrusk's production fell to 21 goals in 61 games last season, though a painful groin injury he suffered back on November while blocking a shot impacted his season negatively. The report notes that the injury, which required "immediate, emergency surgery," was originally thought to result in the forward missing a couple of months, but instead he returned after missing just 11 games over three weeks. Now well past the issue, DeBrusk is back on the fast track after a strong development camp performance and down the road, the 19-year-old has the potential to blossom into a legit goal-scorer as a pro.

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Stefan Noesen
Ducks' Stefan Noesen: Pens one-year deal with Ducks
Stefan Noesen, RW, ANA
7/25/2016
News: Noesen signed a one-year, two-way deal with Anaheim on Monday.

Noesen saw action only once last season and was on the ice for just over 10 minutes. Selected #21 overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old is still seeking his first NHL point, but finally seems to be on track to live up to the expectations as he garnered 10 goals and 22 helpers for AHL San Diego during the 2015-16 campaign. The center may not be quite ready for the majors, yet fantasy owners will want to monitor the Ducks' call ups next season.

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John McFarland
John McFarland: Agrees to terms with SaiPa
John McFarland, LW, FLA
7/25/2016
News: McFarland inked a contract with Finnish Liiga side SaiPa on Monday.

McFarland has appeared in a mere three contests for Florida last season and was minus-1 with two shots on goal while average just under 10 minutes per night. It is an unceremonious departure from the Panthers organization for a player selected 33rd overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. This could be the night cap on a disappointing career for the 24-year-old.

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Kris Versteeg
Kris Versteeg: Signs overseas
Kris Versteeg, RW, LA
7/25/2016
News: As expected, Versteeg agreed to terms on a one-year deal with SC Bern of the Swiss League on Monday.

After being acquired at the trade deadline by Los Angeles, Versteeg was limited to just 14 outings due to a lingering foot injury. While his overall production on the year wasn't too bad, 15 goals and 23 helpers, the last thing teams likely remembered was the mere five points in 14 contests for the Kings. The 30-year-old will need a strong season with SC Bern in order to revitalize his career if he wants to suit up for another NHL roster.

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Yanni Gourde
Lightning's Yanni Gourde: Signs one-year contract with Lighting
Yanni Gourde, LW, TB
7/25/2016
News: Gourde signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning Monday.

Gourde is coming off a season that was plagued with numerous injuries, which ultimately limited him to playing just two games with Tampa Bay and forced him to end the season in the AHL with Syracuse. He'll look to fight the injury bug this season in an attempt to establish himself in the NHL as the young wing continues to develop.

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