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The Edmonton Oilers selected center Leon Draisaitl with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Back home they call him "The German Gretzky," and Draisaitl has already made waves as the highest drafted German player in history. The 6"1, 208 pound center combines power and playmaking to torment opponents, as he notched 105 points in 64 games with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. He also captained Germany’s World Juniors squad, garnering six points in as many games with 52 penalty minutes. The 18 year-old is a pass-first player who reads the game very well, he is decent playing in the defensive zone but needs to become a better skater. He hulks over the puck like Joe Thornton, and appears to be ready to move up a level from the WHL and blossom into a top-six forward in the big show. Draisaitl adds a different element to the Oilers, as a power forward down the middle, in a conference that commands big, tough centers. He'll be a nice piece to go with the Oilers' flashy wingers, and provide support for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Jun 27 - 7:31 PM

Ryan Johansen, a restricted free agent who led the Blue Jackets in scoring last season, has left Columbus on the eve of training camp, unhappy with the club's contract offer to him - but coach Todd Richards insists he won't let the matter distract his team.

"Right now he's not here," Richards said. "I'm treating it like the regular season when you deal with an injury. He's not in the lineup. You move past it. If he's in the lineup, great; if not, I've got to find somebody else that'll do it. The one thing that will become an issue from what I've seen in the past, just based on my history and what I've been through as a coach, is when you miss time in training camp you try to play catch-up and a lot of times you can't catch up."
Source: nhl.com
Sep 17 - 11:41 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov has accepted a professional tryout with the Minnesota Wild and he will be at camp.

He expressed his wish to return to the Wild during the summer and it looks like he will get his chance following the news that Josh Harding is out indefinitely due to a fractured foot. Bryzgalov played well for the Wild down the stretch last year, while posting a 7-1-3 record to go with a .911 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA.
Sep 17 - 6:32 PM

Minnesota has announced that Josh Harding has a fractured right foot.

He will be sidelined indefinitely due to the ailment. After receiving some encouraging news last month that Harding would be ready for training camp, he was injured in an off-ice activity. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported earlier that Harding could be out for months.
Sep 17 - 5:27 PM

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Josh Harding's ankle injury is "significant."

The ailment he sustained off the ice is expected to keep him sidelined for months rather than weeks. McKenzie reports that Harding is already on crutches and sporting a walking boot.
Sep 17 - 4:04 PM

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn't sure if Nathan Horton (back) will miss the start of the season.

The injury isn't expected to be long term. Shoulder and abdominal injuries sidelined Horton for most of the 2013-14 season. His back ailment could limit his participation at the start of training camp. We'll keep you posted on his status.
Sep 17 - 3:40 PM

Justin Braun has reached a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," said GM Doug Wilson. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons." His new deal won't go into effect until the end of the 2014-15 campaign. In 82 games last year, Braun registered 17 points, 121 shots and a plus-19 rating.
Sep 17 - 2:19 PM

Bobby Ryan hinted on Wednesday that the Ottawa Senators have offered him a seven-year contract.

"If you're going to hitch your wagon to a team for seven years, it's okay to take some time to decide if it's what you want to do or not," he said. "Everything I've said and still feel is that I'd love to be here long term, but you need some assurance and you need some motivating factor, to not get it done at this early stage isn't a tragedy." The Senators have not commented on the potential offer, but GM Bryan Murray did say on Monday that the team will push to get something done sometime in October or November.
Sep 17 - 11:34 AM

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding surprised everyone Tuesday when it was revealed he was dealing with an ankle injury.

Details around the severity of the ailment or even how it occurred have not been revealed, but if Harding is sidelined for an extended period it could definitely muddy the Minnesota goaltending situation. Veteran Niklas Backstrom is hoping to remain healthy after last year's injury-filled campaign while Darcy Kuemper has hinted at a potential move to the KHL as part of a testy contract negotiation so the added question makes surrounding Harding are troubling. More information will be passed along as it becomes available.
Sep 16 - 7:08 PM

An unfortunate update on Daniel Alfredsson: he won't participate in at least Detroit Red Wings training camp as he's seeing back specialists.

Could this be it for the long-time veteran? The 41-year-old would leave an outstanding legacy behind with 444 goals and 1,157 points in 1,246 career NHL regular season games. He was still pretty productive last season, yet the Red Wings seemed reluctant to commit to him in 2014-15. That hesitance will only grow now.
Sep 16 - 5:46 PM

The Detroit Red Wings signed Dan DeKeyser to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

This one came right down to the wire as far as the defenseman's stated goal in participating in training camp is concerned. The 24-year-old seems to have solid if unspectacular potential in fantasy terms; he scored four goals and 23 points in 65 games last season while compiling 30 PIM and averaging 21:38 TOI. Nothing amazing, but if he continues to grow he should be a solid depth D option in fantasy.
Sep 16 - 5:23 PM

The St. Louis Blues have extended a training camp tryout offer to Paul Bissonnette.

Bissonnette is a physical depth forward that, to be honest, might be better known for as a Twitter personality than a hockey player. That's not to suggest that Bissonnette has no value on the ice though. He's a physical forward that can fit in on the fourth line and if he gets into a situation where he's playing regularly, then he'd be a decent source of penalty minutes in fantasy leagues.
Sep 16 - 10:53 AM




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