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The Nashville Predators led the NHL in scoring by defensemen last season.

The Predators got 56 goals and 150 assists from their blueliners, which isn't shocking when you consider the personnel at their disposal. P.K. Subban led the way with 59 points, Roman Josi had 53, Matthias Ekholm had 34 and Ryan Ellis had 32 (in 44 games). There's a good chance that Nashville defenders will fly off the board during standard fantasy league drafts this year. This is truly a special group.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 7:29 PM

Joe Vitale will be the radio analyst for St. Louis Blues games on KMOX 1120AM.

Vitale is from the St. Louis and he currently lives there with his wife and three children. "Growing up in St. Louis you don’t dream of playing for the Rangers or playing for Pittsburgh," Vitale said. "You want to be a St. Louis Blue. "This is my city," Vitale said. "And I always wanted to be a Blue. I’m so passionate about this team, since from the very get-go with my dad bringing me to games as a kid." The 32-year-old played in 234 NHL games with Pittsburgh and Arizona. Vitale studied journalism at Northeastern University.
Aug 17 - 7:22 PM

The Washington Capitals will probably have Ilya Samsonov start the season in the AHL in order for him to adjust to the North American game.

"He probably saw more shots today than he saw in a month of practice in Russia and this was nothing," director of player development Steve Richmond said during development camp. "For me, that's the biggest thing for him is to learn how to practice in North America." Adding to the more demanding practices, the Russian goaltender will also need to adjust to a different sized rink that allows for a more up-tempo playing style. As it currently stands, the former first round pick will battle Pheonix Copley for the chance to be Braden Holtby's understudy.
Aug 17 - 3:15 PM

Playing at a charity event in his native Finland, Patrik Laine clocked back-to-back slapshots in the hardest shot competition at 103 mph.

Just for reference, Alex Ovechkin and Shea Weber won the hardest shot competition the last two years during the NHL All-Star festivities with shots of 102.8 and 101.3 mph. Laine more than doubled his powerplay goal total from his rookie season, going from nine to 20 and it wouldn't be surprising to see make make that the norm in future seasons. The 20-year-old Finn is the next great NHL goal-scorer.
Aug 17 - 2:03 PM

Pekka Rinne is nine wins shy of setting the record for the most wins by a Finnish-born goaltender in the NHL.

Rinne at 311 wins, is eight shy from tying Miikka Kiprusoff. Despite being 35, Rinne is showing no signs of slowing down, winning his first ever Vezina Trophy this season. He has a year left on his contract with the Nashville Predators but it's currently unclear if the Preds are interested in extending their star goaltender or going with Juuse Saros who is considered as being one of the best young Finnish goaltenders.
Aug 17 - 1:22 PM

Jeff Skinner is very likely to slot into the lineup alongside Jack Eichel.

John Vogl of The Athletic currently has Eichel centering Skinner and Sam Reinhart. Reinhart and Eichel's chemistry was evident late last season when the former finished the season with 37 points in Buffalo's last 38 games, giving him a career-high 25 goal and 50 point season. Slotting Skinner, a proven goal-scorer on that line will only bring them to another level. If the newly-acquired Sabre is able to seamlessly transition to his new linemates, we might be looking at one of the best lines in hockey.
Aug 17 - 12:23 PM

Kris Versteeg is signing on to play with Omsk of the KHL.

In March, Versteeg was ruled out for the rest of Calgary's season with a hip injury that he appears to have gotten over. If this is the end of his NHL career, he'll finish as a two time Stanley Cup Champion (2009-10, 2014-15).
Aug 17 - 11:16 AM

Ryan Ellis believes the Nashville Predators can compete for a Stanley Cup for the next 10 years.

Ellis just signed an eight-year extension with Nashville, which means he's under contract for the next nine seasons. "If we can keep everyone here and keep the core together, I think we can compete for a Stanley Cup for the next 10 years at least," Ellis said. "I mean that's bold to say, but we believe a lot in the people we have in our room, our coach, our GM and our entire organization." The Predators have one of the best rosters in the NHL, but 10 years is a long time.
Aug 17 - 10:20 AM

Eeli Tolvanen could earn a top-six role with the Nashville Predators this season.

Tolvanen is the Predators' top prospect heading into this season and he could make a real impact in the NHL starting in 2018-19. The young Finn had no points in three NHL games last year, but he put up 36 points in 49 games as a teenager in the KHL and he added nine points in five games at the Olympics, four points in four games at the World Hockey Championship and six points in five games at the World Junior Hockey Championship. "The first couple of games were pretty tough," Tolvanen said. "I was used to playing back on Olympic ice. … It was huge to get those first couple of games out of the way just to see the tempo and what the game was like back here. Now I know I have to get stronger, bigger and faster to be ready when training camp starts."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 9:22 AM

William Nylander doesn't feel any added pressure to sign a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Now that contract negotiations have started you're more aware of what's going on with things like that," Nylander said. "Right now, once something like that happens, you're more updated on what's going on around the League, more educated. But once you sign, I don't think you pay attention to that. There is no extra pressure or urgency to get something done just because guys like [Dylan Larkin] sign." The 22-year-old restricted free agent had 20 goals and 61 points in 82 games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 6:36 PM

Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes have begun talking about a potential contract extension.

The 21-year-old has just one year remaining on his entry-level deal, so both sides will have to get something done before the 2019-20 season. "We've been talking about something," Aho said. "But I've got nothing to say yet." Aho finished his second year with 29 goals and 65 points in 78 games last season. He's one of Carolina's brightest young stars, which means the team should do everything in their power to keep him around.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 3:47 PM

Patrik Laine says he's not in a hurry to sign a contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets.

Laine has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, so the Jets are going to have to take care of business at some point in the near future. "It's not something we need to hurry because I still have a contract," Laine said. "But obviously that's something I want to do at some point and they want to do. But there's no rush. I really don't care. There's no rush, really. I can do it next summer or this summer. I don't mind." The 20-year-old had 44 goals and 26 assists in 82 games last season. Whenever he signs his new deal, it'll be for a significant amount of money.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 2:21 PM

Lance Bouma has signed a one-year deal plus an option with Swiss club Geneve-Servette.

The 28-year-old had just three goals and six assists in 53 games with the 'Hawks last season. He also added seven goals and seven assists in 20 games in the AHL. Bouma's former teammate, Tommy Wingels, also signed with the same team this off-season.
Source: GSHC.ch
Aug 16 - 1:30 PM

Tommy Wingels has signed a one-year contract plus an option with Swiss team Geneve-Servette.

Wingels split last season between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. He accumulated nine goals and 17 points in 75 games during the regular season. He also participated in four playoff games with the Bruins. The 30-year-old's days of playing in the NHL might just be over.
Source: GSHC.ch
Aug 16 - 1:26 PM

Carey Price might become the winningest goaltender in Montreal Canadiens history during the 2018-19 season.

Price is currently third on the list with 286 victories, but Patrick Roy (289) and Jacques Plante (314) are within reach. Of course, Price would have to stay healthy to have a shot at setting the franchise mark this year. The 31-year-old had a disappointing season in 2017-18, as he had a 16-26-7 record, a 3.11 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage. The Canadiens need him to bounce back in a big way if they're going to have any shot at making the postseason.
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM



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