Bryan Rust
Penguins' Bryan Rust: Rookie scores twice to send Pens to finals
Bryan Rust, RW, PIT
5/26/2016
News: Rust notched two goals -- including the game winner -- on five shots and added a plus-2 rating during Thursday's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Rust sure found his groove to finish out the series, registering points in three straight to the tune of three tallies (with ten shots on goal) and an apple. While no rookie has ever notched a hat trick in Game 7, the 24-year-old was one breakaway finish from being the first. The inconsistencies are noted, but Rust is riding a hot streak heading into the Stanley Cup Finals against San Jose, and seems to have built a rapport with Evgeni Malkin (two helpers in Game 7).

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Jonathan Drouin
Lightning's Jonathan Drouin: Scores only goal for Lightning in Game 7 loss
Jonathan Drouin, LW, TB
5/26/2016
News: Drouin scored the lone goal for the Lightning to go along with two PIM and four hits during Thursday's 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

If you watched the entirety of Drouin's playoff run, you probably wouldn't guess he spent a decent chunk of the season with AHL Syracuse. In 21 games played with Tampa Bay this year, the winger notched four goals and six helpers. However, the 21-year-old came alive in the postseason, totaling five markers and nine apples in just 17 outings. Drouin is poised for an increased role next year after his productive stretch during the playoffs.

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Dylan Sadowy
Sharks' Dylan Sadowy: Traded to Detroit
Dylan Sadowy, LW, SJ
5/26/2016
News: The Sharks traded Sadowy to the Red Wings in exchange for a 2017 third-round pick Thursday.

Sadowy has spent the last two seasons with the Saginaw Spirit and the Barrie Colts of the OHL, racking up an impressive 144 points (87 goals, 57 assists) over 129 games. The 20-year-old winger's scoring prowess in the juniors may not fully translate to the NHL, but his respectable two-way game and willingness to grind it out in the corners should allow him to develop into a solid top-nine forward for Detroit. Sadowy will likely spend at least one season in the AHL after signing his entry-level contract with the Red Wings.

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Vaclav Karabacek
Sabres' Vaclav Karabacek: Agrees to entry-level contract
Vaclav Karabacek, LW, BUF
5/26/2016
News: Karabacek signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres on Thursday.

Karabacek, selected 49th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, has spent the last three season playing juniors where he racked up 72 goals and 77 helpers in 209 career games. Given the elevated status of the QMJHL in the minds of fans and fantasy owners alike, the 20-year-old is certainly going to have high expectations heading into the 2016-17 season. If he can demonstrate the ability to get on the scoresheet at the professional level, the winger may not spend long in the AHL next year and could be part of the youth movement in Buffalo.

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Joonas Donskoi
Sharks' Joonas Donskoi: Scores fifth goal in Game 6
Joonas Donskoi, RW, SJ
5/26/2016
News: Donskoi scored his fifth goal of the postseason in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over St. Louis.

Donskoi has been a solid source of secondary scoring in the playoffs, playing a clear second fiddle to top options like Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski, but still chipping in nine points in 18 games. That rate is roughly in line with the rookie's regular season average of .47 points per game, so expect a few more contributions from him before it's all said and done.

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Joel Ward
Sharks' Joel Ward: Scores twice more in Game 6
Joel Ward, RW, SJ
5/26/2016
News: Ward scored on both of his shots in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Blues.

Ward picked the perfect time to catch fire, scoring four goals on four shots in Games 5 and 6 to help the Sharks capture a 4-2 series victory. The veteran is unlikely to sustain a pace anywhere near this in the Stanley Cup Finals considering he had just two goals in the playoffs prior to this stretch, but stranger things have happened.

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Vladimir Tarasenko
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Scores first two goals of series in Game 6 defeat
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL
5/25/2016
News: Tarasenko scored twice in the third period of Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.

Tarasenko's two goals were too little too late, even though his shortside bank off Sharks goaltender Martin Jones on a 4-on-4 with the Blues net empty did insert some late drama into the contest. He'll be left to wonder what could've been, as the Russian sniper failed to find the back of the net in the first five games against the Sharks after scoring 47 goals in 94 appearances coming into the Western Conference Finals.

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Max Gortz
Predators' Max Gortz: Could see time with Preds next season
Max Gortz, RW, NSH
5/25/2016
News: Gortz has a chance to see some time at the NHL level next season, according to Dean Evason, coach of the Milwaukee Admirals. "He's close to getting a shot," Evason said of Gortz, "but in order for him to get that shot, he just needs one more gear in his stride. He'll find that this summer."

After spending a relatively unremarkable four seasons in Sweden (58 points in 161 games), Gortz turned a lot of heads this year after arriving in North America, finishing second in Ads scoring with 47 points in 72 games. In all likelihood, the 23-year-old Swede will open next season in Milwaukee, but could be in line for a promotion if he continues to perform well. Keep him on your long-term radar.

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Scottie Upshall
Blues' Scottie Upshall: Back in action Wednesday
Scottie Upshall, RW, STL
5/25/2016
News: Upshall will return to the Blues' lineup for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Sharks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

The Blues will be happy to have Upshall back in the lineup for Wednesday's pivotal Game 6, but his return to action shouldn't have any impact on fantasy owners' lineups. The 32-year-old winger has only tallied three points over 16 playoff games this postseason, severely limiting his value in daily contests and playoff pools. Upshall is expected to replace Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis' lineup Wednesday, skating alongside Kyle Brodziak and Dmitrij Jaskin on the Blues' fourth line.

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Phil Kessel
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Familiar face scores again in Game 6 win
Phil Kessel, RW, PIT
5/24/2016
News: Kessel notched a power-play goal during Tuesday's 5-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Kessel has been an absolute beast in the playoffs, totaling nine markers, 10 helpers and 68 shots on goal. The 28-year-old is almost expected to reach the scoresheet at this point, as he's done so in 13 of 17 contests to date. The 2006 No. 5 pick will be one to watch in Game 7 on Thursday at home.

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