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Erik Haula could move from center to the wing this season.

Haula spent most of last year centering the Golden Knights' second line, but the addition of Paul Stastny might push him to the wing. Don't be surprised if he and Stastny play on the same line. The 27-year-old had 29 goals and 55 points in 76 games last season. Even if he changes position, Haula will continue to have strong fantasy value heading into 2018-19.
Source: The Score
Aug 13 - 6:02 PM

Shane Prince has signed a two-year deal with Switzerland's HC Davos.

Prince didn't receive a qualifying offer from the New York Islanders this summer, so he's decided to take his talents to Europe. The 25-year-old missed a good chunk of last season because of an upper-body injury. He had one goal, one assist and 11 penalty minutes in 14 NHL games in 2017-18.
Source: HCD.ch
Aug 13 - 5:03 PM

Niki Petti has signed a contract with Mora IK of the Swedish Hockey League.

The 22-year-old spent last season with the AHL's Laval Rocket (Montreal's farm team), where he scored seven goals and seven assists in 64 games. Before making the leap to the professional ranks, he spent five seasons in the OHL with the Belleville Bulls and the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Aug 13 - 4:23 PM

The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Brady Tkachuk to a three-year entry level contract.

With the signing now official, the are only three teams Tkachuk is eligible to play for this season are the Ottawa Senators, Belleville Senators (AHL) and the London Knights (OHL). "Brady Tkachuk exemplifies all the attributes around which we want to improve the Ottawa Senators," said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. "He is a young man of exceptional character. We know how much he agonized over leaving Boston University, and we are encouraged by the degree of accountability and commitment this shows from him. Through tenacity, combativeness and work ethic, he also exemplifies leadership skills that we know will benefit the team now and well into the future. Most of all, Brady has shown us through his maturity that he is coachable, committed to teamwork, and determined to help us strengthen our team chemistry." Tkachuk's efforts will now turn to making the Sens roster out of training camp. He finished his college career with eight goals and 23 assists in 40 games.
Aug 13 - 3:36 PM

Zach Sill has inked a deal with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech league.

Sill has spent the last three seasons with the Washington Capitals organization, playing just 10 games with the Capitals in 2015-16.
Aug 13 - 3:09 PM

Panthers head coach Bob Boughner admitted that his team was missing a top-six forward in their lineup last season.

The Panthers addressed that issue by landing Mike Hoffman from the San Jose Sharks this off-season. "We were missing a true top-six forward last year, and I think Hoffman is really going to fit that bill," Boughner said. "Where that's going to be make us better is I think we're going to be deeper on our third and fourth lines, which is really important." Hoffman had 22 goals and 56 points in 82 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, but a conflict between his fiancee and Erik Karlsson's wife led to him being shipped out of town. The 28-year-old has scored between 22 and 29 goals in each of his last four seasons.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 13 - 1:45 PM

Former second round pick, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson is an option for the Bruins in their quest to fill in their opening as the team's third line center.

The departure of Riley Nash via free-agency has opened up a hole for the Bruins and Forsbacka Karlsson is one of the names being thrown out there along with Trent Frederic, Sean Kuraly and Joakim Nordstrom. In his first professional season, Forsbacka Karlsson picked up 15 goals and 32 points in 58 AHL games for Providence but Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston thinks that the talented Swede will need a strong camp to make the team. JFK would do well to stick close to veteran David Backes during training camp and learn all he can.
Aug 13 - 12:58 PM

The New York Islanders have signed Noah Dobson to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Islanders selected Dobson 12th overall in last June's NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old had 17 goals and 69 points in 67 games with the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan last season. Dobson has performed well with Team Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase, but don't expect him to be in the NHL this season. He'll likely head back to the junior ranks for one or two more seasons.
Aug 13 - 10:50 AM

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed Kevin Rooney to a two-year, two-way contract.

Rooney can earn $700,000 if he plays in the NHL, but that number goes down to $100,000 ($70,000 guaranteed) if he sticks in the minors. The 25-year-old had 14 goals and 34 points in 71 AHL games last season. He also saw action in one game in the NHL. Don't expect him to carry any fantasy value heading into this season.
Aug 13 - 10:42 AM

Cory Schneider should be considered the Devils' number one goaltender heading into the season.

Schneider, who had hip surgery during the off-season, struggled badly at times during the regular season, but he rebounded nicely in the playoffs. The 32-year-old posted a 1.78 goals-against-average and a .950 save percentage in the postseason. Keith Kinkaid is still a threat to him, though. Schneider will need to play well at the beginning of the year, if he is 100 percent healthy, to see the majority of the starts.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 13 - 10:22 AM

With several goaltenders under contract, Mackenzie Blackwood is not guaranteed a spot in the AHL for the upcoming season.

The two NHL spots will belong to both Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, while Eddie Lack will presumably be the starter for Binghamton of the AHL. That leaves one AHL spot for either Blackwood or Cam Johnson who was signed as a college free-agent towards the end of the season. Blackwood remains New Jersey's best goaltending prospect, but he'll need to bounce back in the AHL this season if he wishes to become Schneider's backup when Kinkaid's contract expires at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. Blackwood posted a 3.41 goals-against-average and .882 save percentage with Binghamton last season.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 13 - 10:19 AM

Oliver Bjorkstrand will be competing for a spot on the Blue Jackets' second line.

The 23-year-old had 11 goals and 40 points in 82 games last season. He'll be competing for a top-six forward spot with Josh Anderson, who had 19 goals and 30 points in 63 games in 2017-18. "Oliver is a gifted player with a tremendous shot and scoring instincts who has improved steadily during his first three seasons as a pro," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He is just scratching the surface of the type of player he can be and we believe he has the potential to be a dynamic offensive player for our club." Earning a job on the top two lines would increase Bjorkstrand's fantasy value in standard leagues heading into the season.
Aug 13 - 8:45 AM

Ottawa hasn't officially announced the signing yet, but there is a picture of Brady Tkachuk circling online of him signing paperwork and wearing a Senators baseball cap.

This was expected based on reports from Saturday, but word from Tkachuk and/or the Senators hasn't come yet even though Tkachuk's father confirmed that Brady has decided to turn pro. Once the paperwork is finalized and the deal is announced, Tkachuk will focus his efforts on trying to make Ottawa's roster out of training camp. He was selected fourth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft after he produced eight goals and 23 assists in 40 games for Boston University last year.
Aug 12 - 7:24 PM

Thomas Chabot wants to be a full-time NHLer this season.

"I want to start off on the right foot this season and make a positive impact with the Senators," Chabot said. "I'm going to arrive at camp feeling very comfortable with myself and very satisfied with the efforts that I made this summer. I know what I have to do, and I'm going to concentrate on that." He was assigned to the minors after camp last year, but played in just 13 matches for Belleville of the AHL before he was back with Ottawa. Chabot accounted for nine goals and 25 points in 63 games at the NHL level. He hopes that Erik Karlsson sticks around, but if the Senators captain gets moved then Chabot will be counted on to step up.
Aug 12 - 5:03 PM

Matthew Strome wants to turn heads at training camp.

Strome wants to make a good impression, but understands he could be back with Hamilton of the WHL for the 2018-19 campaign. He has been working on his skating with Barbara Underhill and wants to keep growing as a player. "She's helped me so much the past couple of summers, so it's going to keep getting better," Strome said. "Just working on everything really — stride, fast feet and edges, just getting a bit of everything in."
Aug 12 - 4:15 PM



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