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Describing him as a "mover" and a "thinker," Florida Panthers management provided a positive comparison between defenseman Michael Matheson and Chicago Blackhawks star Duncan Keith.

"Mike’s a dynamic skater, moves the puck well, just like Duncan Keith, obviously," Bryan McCabe said back in early July. "I think we’d be jumping for joy if we caught lightning in a bottle like that." Florida selected Matheson 23rd overall in 2012, and he's gotten his feet wet a bit at the AHL level after his third season with Boston College. Those comparisons are lofty, but it will be interesting to see how he pans out over time (Matheson is 21).
Aug 30 - 7:18 PM

The St. Louis Blues didn't make big changes this off-season, but GM Doug Armstrong's still hoping to bring in the "first of many" Stanley Cups.

That's a throwaway comment at a fan event, for the most part, but it's also a reminder that the Blues boast a lot of the tools a team needs to go big. Don't be too shocked if there's an in-season trade or two if St. Louis gets off to a slow start.
Aug 30 - 3:22 PM

Wearing a suit is a different kind of challenge than wearing a sweater for the Ottawa Senators, as it seems Daniel Alfredsson will learn.

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch spoke with anonymous league executives who wonder if Alfredsson will put in the work to be a successful front office figure in Ottawa. We've seen examples of great players failing (Wayne Gretzky) and flourishing (Steve Yzerman), so it's all about what Alfredsson is capable of and willing to do.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 30 - 2:44 PM

It sounds like the 2015-16 season was the perfect time for Sergei Plotnikov to make the jump to the NHL, and it doesn't hurt that it's with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

At 25, he's in a situation that's possibly golden if he can line up with Evgeni Malkin (as some expect). Plotnikov's KHL production has been about 15 goals and 35 points (give or take) in 50+ games for three straight seasons. The Penguins would probably be delighted with similar production.
Aug 30 - 2:36 PM's Kevin Kurz pegs Tommy Wingels for a career-year in 2015-16, even if health is a bit of an issue.

Wingels has 20-goal, 50-point potential, according to Kurz. The 27-year-old would need to see quite a jump from what seemed like breakthrough seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15 (38 and 36 points respectively) to do so. Based on those numbers, 20 goals and 40 points might be a safer wager.
Aug 30 - 2:31 PM

After a tumultuous off-season, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is exalting the virtues of change.

Bowman told " I think we're really going to fall in love with some of these guys." Few, if any, teams have seen the sort of dramatic changes the defending champions experienced this summer, so they'll need to see the likes of Marko Dano contribute in 2015-16.
Aug 30 - 2:19 PM

To some, the Dallas Stars are heading toward possible headaches, but the Dallas Morning News' Mike Heika laid out the wisdom of GM Jim Nill's plan.

In particular, Heika notes that the Stars are set to where Patrick Sharp's $5.9 million cap hit will expire when Jamie Benn's bargain deal is over, so they could basically send that money to their captain. The Stars are very much in win-now mode, which makes them a very intriguing fantasy proposition.
Aug 30 - 2:08 PM

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.
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