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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 for the Buffalo Sabres.

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
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