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Oscar Lindberg cashed in on each of his shots on goal in Saturday's 5-4 preseason shootout win at San Jose.

The 26-year-old Swede picked up nine goals with 11 points in 63 games in Vegas last season, but he was a frequent healthy scratch during the playoffs. Unless injuries strike hard in Vegas then Lindberg is likely to serve as a bottom-six forward with very little value heading into the season. However, if he produces like he did in this one, perhaps he will surpass the 28-point career best he set in 2015-16 as a member of the New York Rangers.
Sep 23 - 1:48 AM

Tomas Hertl posted three assists with a plus-2 rating in Saturday's preseason shootout loss against the Golden Knights.

Hertl signed a four-year contract extension over the summer after racking up 22 goals with 24 assists across 79 games in 2017-18, tying a career best with 46 points. The 24-year-old Czech also posted career best with six power-play goals and 12 total points on the man advantage. He is just scratching the surface and he could take another big step forward this season. Hertl is a solid late-round fantasy sleeper who could easily exceed his ADP.
Sep 23 - 1:44 AM

Max Pacioretty picked up a goal with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and a hit in Saturday's 5-4 preseason shootout win at San Jose.

Pacioretty is fitting in quite nicely with the defending Western Conference champs, who just so happened to run their preseason record to 4-0-0. It's like the Golden Knights are in midseason form. Even though it seems like Pacioretty's been around forever, he is just 29 and still in the prime of his career. He had a difficult campaign in Montreal last season, posting just 17 goals and 37 points. Pacioretty could be a nice value on draft day if he slips, as he might be quite rejuvenated playing with a contender again.
Sep 23 - 1:35 AM

Matthew Tkachuk (lower body) was able to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Canucks and he picked up three assists and a plus-2 rating.

Tkachuk certainly didn't appear to be bothered by whatever lower-body ailment he was dealing with. He has posted 97 points and 166 penalty minutes in 144 career games in the NHL, and he has some nice offensive upside going forward. For those in fantasy pools rewarding bad behavior, he is particularly attractive for his occasional trips to the sin bin.
Sep 23 - 1:26 AM

Austin Czarnik posted a hat trick with a plus-3 rating, two blocked shots and a hit over 17:19 of ice time in Saturday's 5-2 preseason victory against the Canucks.

Czarnik rolled up 25 goals with 44 assists over 64 games at the AHL level this season, and he was able to post four helpers in 10 outings with the Boston Bruins. His addition gives the Flames some organizational depth down the middle, and if he keeps up this kind of production he could find himself starting out the regular season with the big club. Still, nothing to see here from a fantasy perspective.
Sep 23 - 1:21 AM

Alexander Edler picked a pair of assists with a minus-2 rating, five blocked shots and a minor penalty over 25:24 of ice time in Saturday's 5-2 preseason loss at Calgary.

Edler enters what might be his final season in the Pacific Northwest, as the team sides have yet to open negotiations on a new deal. Fantasy owners wouldn't mind seeing him move on, as he can be a decent contributor at the offensive end, but that his stats are generally nullified by a poor plus/minus rating. For those in pools rewarding blocked shots, he is one of the best rearguards in the NHL. He ranked third last season with 203 blocked shots while also dishing out 157 hits.
Sep 23 - 1:18 AM

Derek Stepan potted a goal while posting four shots and a block in Saturday's 6-1 preseason victory against the Ducks.

Stepan is expected to serve as the team's No. 1 center this season and he could be in line for big offensive production. If the Coyotes are better in the standing, and slight improvement is expected, perhaps his plus/minus rating won't be such a deterrent for those in fantasy pools affected by the category. He managed 14 goals and 56 points in 82 games last season while playing part of the season on a fractured foot.
Sep 23 - 1:01 AM

Lawson Crouse scored a pair of goals in Saturday's preseason rout of the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Crouse's second goal of the night was a pretty top shelf backhand wrist shot to beat Ryan Miller and make it 5-0 in the laugher. He worked hard at Tucson of the AHL last season trying to improve his offensive game and that work might be bearing fruit. Crouse is still not a recommended fantasy option at this juncture, but he is a player to watch early on if he gets hot.
Sep 23 - 12:57 AM

Dennis Gurianov scored a goal during Saturday’s 4-3 preseason loss to the Florida Panthers.

Gurianov found his way into the crease and snuck one in behind James Reimer for Dallas’ first goal of the night. Gurianov didn’t necessarily regress last season, but he didn’t improve in the AHL. However, he has so far looked like a difference player in camp and preseason and bigger things should be expected from the Russian forward this year. Expect to see him start in the AHL and be one of the first guys called up if he can carry over this momentum into the AHL.
Sep 22 - 10:47 PM

Henrik Borgstrom scored his first preseason goal during Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Dallas Stars.

It’s becoming more and more clear that Borgstrom belongs in the NHL. He fired off a nice snap shot to open the scoring just over a minute into the game. He played tonight’s game between Frank Vatrano and Troy Brouwer but could see some time on the wing if he makes the NHL club out of camp.
Sep 22 - 10:46 PM

Tyler Ennis picked up an assist during Saturday's 3-2 preseason win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Ennis sent a slick pass over to Auston Matthews who had the easy tap in for Toronto's first goal of the night. Ennis is getting a look alongside Matthews during camp with William Nylander still without a contract and hasn't looked out of place. If Ennis' concussion issues are behind him and he gets an extended look with Matthews, he could have his first 40+ point season since 2014-15.
Sep 22 - 9:57 PM

Ryan Spooner scored a power play goal during Saturday's 5-2 preseason loss to the New York Islanders.

Spooner and Mats Zuccarello went across the ice back and forth a couple of times before Spooner put the puck in behind a sprawling Thomas Greiss. Spooner picked up four goals and 16 points in 20 games with the Rangers last season and is an intriguing sleeper heading into the regular-season. Cody McLeod also scored in the loss.
Sep 22 - 9:53 PM

Jack Eichel picked up a couple of assists during Saturday’s 3-2 preseason loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Jeff Skinner combined well for Buffalo’s second goal of the night and showed some chemistry. The Sabres practiced on Saturday with Tage Thompson alongside Eichel and Skinner but appeared to move away from that trio during the game. If Eichel can put together a healthy season, he’ll finish with his first 70+ point NHL season.
Sep 22 - 9:49 PM

Cameron Hughes scored a preseason goal during Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Hughes was parked in front when he redirected Steven Kampfer’s point shot to tie the game midway through the opening period. Hughes was a sixth-round pick of the Bruins back in 2015. He turned pro at the end of last season after four years with the University of Wisconsin and picked up three points in 14 games with Providence of the AHL. He’ll spend the year in the AHL.
Sep 22 - 9:47 PM

Filip Zidina scored his first goal of the preseason during Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins.

Zadina took a feed from Niklas Kronwall and one-timed a shot on the power play to open the scoring. Zadina is in a battle for a spot on Detroit’s roster but a minor groin injury has so far limited him in camp. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the 18-year-old sent back to the QMJHL after getting in a couple of regular-season games with Detroit. Dennis Cholowski and Evgeni Svechnikov (OT winner) also scored.
Sep 22 - 9:45 PM



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