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Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker can't wait to get hit at training camp. No, really.

Walker, 21, underwent surgery for a torn ACL in January, so he wants to test it with contact. He's quite a ways from making the full roster. That said, he certainly has time, as he was the 89th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Aug 30 - 12:02 PM

Winnipeg Jets prospect Andrew Copp hopes to go from prospect to full-time roster member in 2015-16.

Copp, 21, generated 14 goals and 31 points in 36 games with the University of Michigan last season. He also appeared in one game with the Jets, producing an assist. He was a fourth-round pick (104th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Aug 30 - 11:54 AM

Devin Setoguchi says he's feeling great after a rough year.

Setoguchi went to rehab for his drinking problem and has now been sober for five months. "It’s been a real long road, but I’m feeling great, the best I’ve felt in a long time," said Setoguchi. "I’ve got a lot of clarity of eye-opening stuff that happened. Just getting married and having the best day of my life in a while ... it feels good and I’m going into camp with a clear head. I’m feeling really special." Setoguchi will attend Toronto's training camp on a pro tryout, but he is far from guaranteed a spot on the roster. It would be a nice story if he was able to stick in the NHL in 2015-16.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 30 - 9:35 AM

Tyler Seguin was happy with the Stars' acquisition of Patrick Sharp.

"It was kind of more of a, ‘There’s Jim Nill again’ kind of reaction," said Seguin. "Be very quiet during most of the trades and then all of the sudden make a big bang. In the last three seasons, including [Rich] Peverley and myself coming over. On July 4, I was sitting on my phone just waiting for Jim to do something. It’s kind of been his date. Around there was our acquisition from Boston, then the [Jason] Spezza and [Ales] Hemsky deal. Now Sharp, Niemi and Oduya. Jim is doing his thing and making our team better. That gives the players a lot of confidence as well."
Aug 30 - 9:28 AM

Players who will play college hockey this season won't be participating in upcoming rookie camps.

The reason for this is because the players will lose college eligibility if there are veterans participating in the camp. For the Avalanche, that means that Will Butcher, Ben Storm and A.J. Greer won't be participating in camp. "It's a bummer that I don't get to get out there and show my skills up against some of the guys they have in the system," said Butcher, a defenseman who is beginning his junior year at DU. "But at the end of the day for me, it's about focusing on where I'm at right now with the University of Denver, getting better here and playing for my school. With the NCAA, it kind of inhibits the ability for the Avs to see me up against some of the guys in their system."
Source: Denver Post
Aug 30 - 9:16 AM

San Jose Sharks assistant coach Steve Spott said that spending the 2014-15 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs was a learning experience.

"You know what, I think when you have successful seasons as a coach, you don’t take time to reflect and appreciate them," Spott said. "When you go through some adversity, like we did last year, you learn a lot more. You learn a lot about yourself, you learn about how you would do things differently, what you would do the same. If anything, it was a real learning experience for me. It was my first year in the National Hockey League. I took away a ton away from it."
Aug 30 - 9:04 AM

The Boston Bruins will rely on young defenseman Zach Trotman to eat up some minutes for them in 2015-16.

Trotman didn't look out of place during his time with the Bruins last season. He finished the year on a pairing with Zdeno Chara and he should see a good amount of action going forward. "In Trotman’s situation, he’s made some pretty good plays and he’s been pretty reliable," said head coach Claude Julien. At some point you have to balance out your back end depending on who you’re playing. Some teams have two or three good lines and if you put all your best D’s on one pair, you become vulnerable. We’ve had to rely on [young guys], and at the same time, I think they’ve been earning our trust with the way they’ve been playing."
Aug 30 - 8:50 AM

While Robby Fabbri seems like the most obvious player who may step in with Patrik Berglund out some time for the St. Louis Blues, Ty Rattie could also get a better opportunity.

Rattie, 22, generated 42 points in 59 AHL games and two assists in 11 contests with the Blues last season. He was the 32nd pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Aug 29 - 4:00 PM

New York Islanders winger Matt Martin easily leads all NHL skaters in hits since 2012-13, the most recent lockout.

Martin has delivered 974 hits in 205 games played. He's the only player who cleared 800 hits in that time frame, as Cal Clutterbuck comes in at 768, the only other player above 700. Martin is also a source of PIM (114 in 2014-15, 561 in 358 career games), so he could be a somewhat-interesting utility consideration if you can stomach the loss in traditional stats.
Aug 29 - 1:57 PM named goalie Kristers Gudlevskis as the Tampa Bay Lightning's No.1 prospect heading into the 2015-16 season.

It makes for an interesting longer term situation in net for the Lightning, as Andrei Vasilevskiy also stands as a very promising asset. If any team can comfortably trade a $6 million goalie (Ben Bishop) down the line, it might just be the Bolts. One would assume that Bishop will get the majority of the reps in 2015-16, while Gudlevskis will continue to develop at a lower level. Injuries may change things, however.
Aug 29 - 1:27 PM

Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin says his surgically repaired hip is "feeling great."

His 2014-15 season was largely aborted, as he only appeared in eight games after a promising rookie year. Nichushkin is an awfully interesting wild card, especially if he can manage to make his way into a stacked Stars' top six forward group.
Aug 29 - 1:22 PM

At 34, Barret Jackman has that fish-out-of-water feeling as he approaches his first training camp with the Nashville Predators.

He registered 803 regular season games played with the St. Louis Blues, so one can understand the rookie feeling of uncertainty he's experiencing right now. He won't be very fantasy-relevant on a loaded Predators blueline, although injuries could conceivably open up chances for him to fill "grit" stat categories.
Aug 29 - 12:27 PM

Curtis Glencross rues taking a "hometown discount" with his most recent deal, especially as he waits on the sidelines of unrestricted free agency.

Glencross detailed his "frustrating" situation with the Calgary Sun on Friday. "I have a young family, and it’s tough to bounce around on a PTO — it has to be a good opportunity, too, so I can do well and get an extension," Glencross said. Glencross will likely need to impress on a one-year "audition" before he gets any chance at longer-term security.
Source: Calgary Sun
Aug 29 - 12:23 PM

Keith Ballard is leaning towards retiring from hockey.

Ballard is still battling the symptoms of the concussion he suffered on December 9th and although he's leaning towards retirement, he isn't ready to make any official announcement just yet. "I’m just trying to get healthy," he said. "If I make a full recovery from this one, I’ll chalk it up to good luck. If I’m hit like this again, I’m a little freaked out about what would happen the next time."
Aug 29 - 10:09 AM

Matt Cooke is patiently waiting for a new NHL contract.

Cooke was bought out by the Wild in June and has had a hard time latching on to another team. "I was hurt last year," said Cooke. "There was some mismanagement on my [hip] injury, and part of that is my fault. It led to me getting hurt twice in one season. I’m 36 years old, I only played 30 games last year and then me getting bought out, that’s a tough scenario [to find a job]. Patience is a virtue and right now all I’m doing is making sure I stay ready, that I get ready. We’re still three weeks away [from camp]."
Aug 29 - 10:06 AM

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