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Mitch Marner picked up a pair of assists in Friday's 8-1 blowout win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Marner also picked up two assists in his 2016 preseason debut on Monday night. The Leafs forward helped set up Peter Holland's first period goal and he assisted on Jake Gardiner's power play goal in the second frame. "We played a sound game, shutting them down in the neutral zone and were rewarded for it," Marner said. "The defence kept the gaps tight on their forwards and made it easy to come back and help. We stuck to the system even with the score (out of hand). That’s when it can fall apart. That’s important, me being an outlet for the defence at all times." The Leafs have shown that they'll be patient with their top prospects, but it'll be hard to keep Marner off the roster if he keeps performing like this.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 1 - 8:34 AM

The Florida Panthers released Justin Fontaine from his professional tryout.

Fontaine didn't really stand a chance of cracking Florida's deep roster, which doesn't make the cut very surprising. He'll likely have to sign another PTO elsewhere, start the season on someone's farm team or even head to Europe. Either way, he has no fantasy upside.
Oct 1 - 8:27 AM

Wild goalies Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper have looked rusty this preseason.

"It could be rustiness. … I hope that’s all it is," head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They’re going to get chances to go back in and we’ll see how it works." There's no need to panic about their performances just yet. Dubnyk is the only one of the two that has any fantasy value this season. If he stays healthy, he should see a heavy workload.
Oct 1 - 8:22 AM

Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau says Alex Tuch showed some improvement in Thursday's loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

[Assistant coach John Anderson] had a really good talk with Tuch and showed him all his own video from the previous games and I think Tuch came out and had his best game," Boudreau said. "He’s doing the same thing with (Tyler Graovac)." Tuch didn't produce any offense, but he did have a game-high six shots on goal. The 20-year-old was Minnesota's first round pick, 20th overall, in 2014. This will be his first full professional season and he'll likely spend at least some of it in the minors.
Oct 1 - 8:19 AM

Dustin Byfuglien's lower-body injury isn't considered serious, according to Jets assistant coach Jamie Kompon.

Byfuglien skipped the third period of Friday's preseason win over Edmonton after blocking an Oscar Klefbom shot and mixing it up with Matt Hendricks. "He was just held out for precautionary (reasons) and he should be fine," Kompon said after the game. It sounds like Jets fans and fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Oct 1 - 8:13 AM

Kyle Connor scored in Friday's 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

The goal was Connor's second in two games this preseason. "(Connor) has that innate ability to find that open ice," said Jets assistant coach Jamie Kompon. "He gets his opportunities that way because he has that nose for the net. He's got that quick release, those quick hands in tight. He's a heck of a player." The 19-year-old was Winnipeg's first round pick, 17th overall, in 2015. He's showing that his incredible numbers at the University of Michigan were no fluke. Connor scored an incredible 35 goals and 71 points in 38 games with the Wolverines last season. If he keeps scoring, it'll be hard for the Jets to send him to the minors.
Oct 1 - 8:09 AM

Patrik Laine made his preseason debut in Friday's 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Laine skated on a line with fellow countryman Joel Armia and Nic Petan. The second overall pick in the 2016 draft finished the game with one shot on goal and two takeaways in 13:57 of ice time. "It's nice to get some feeling on the power play, but the shots weren't so good," said Laine. "I have to improve my game a lot and I will. When the season gets going, it's always easier."
Oct 1 - 8:05 AM

Louis Domingue stopped 32 of 35 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Sharks on Friday.

Domingue played in 40 games last season, winning 15 of those contests. He is an average goaltender who will look to take away as many games as possible from starter Mike Smith. The goaltending situation in Arizona is a situation to avoid with Smith often battling injuries and the Coyotes being an inconsistent young team.
Oct 1 - 1:22 AM

Aaron Dell stopped 20 of 22 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes.

Dell is a 27-year-old journeyman goaltender who played for San Jose in the American Hockey League last season, posting a 17-16-7 record. He is currently battling Mantas Armalis for the backup goaltending job in San Jose. Both goaltenders have a combined 0 career games played in the NHL, and it will be interesting to see if the Sharks feel comfortable enough with one of them entering the season. Neither of them have any fantasy value.
Oct 1 - 1:17 AM

Sam Bennett had two assists on Friday in a 2-1 win over the Canucks.

He finished his rookie year with a very respectable 18 goals and 36 points in 77 games. He'll battle with Mikael Backlund who is making his way back from a concussion sustained during the World Cup of Hockey for second line duties in Calgary. Both of his assists on Friday came on the power play. He will likely build himself a solid 40 point floor with room for more with regular time on the Flames power play unit.
Oct 1 - 12:05 AM

Troy Brouwer scored a goal and recorded an assist in a 2-1 win over the Canucks on Friday.

Both of Brouwer's goal and assist on Friday were recorded on the power play. He is a lock to get valuable minutes on one of Calgary's top two lines. He is a great player to own in leagues that award points for penalty minutes and power play goals. Look for him to surpass his career high of 43 points if he plays on a line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.
Sep 30 - 11:56 PM

Semyon Varlamov stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 win over the Kings.

There might not be a goalie with more to prove than Varlamov this season. He is coming off a season where he posted a GAA of 2.81 and a pedestrian .914 save percentage. There were some rumblings that if he were to continue on this current path, the Avalanche would protect Calvin Pickard ahead of him during next summer's expansion draft. Varlamov remains a somewhat risky bet, but one that can pay huge dividends as we inch closer to the regular season.
Sep 30 - 11:50 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko scored two goals in a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

Grigorenko's first goal was a thing of beauty, stick handling his way to the slot, before beating Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff. He added another goal on the power play in the second period. He is now up to three goals during the pre-season and if he continues to perform, he might be worth a dart throw in the last round of deeper leagues.
Sep 30 - 11:45 PM

Oscar Klefbom scored in Edmonton's 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Klefbom's unassisted goal in the second period cut Winnipeg's lead to 3-1, but that's as close as Edmonton would come to tying the game. The 23-year-old scored four goals and eight assists in 30 games with the Oilers last season.
Sep 30 - 10:56 PM

Mark Scheifele scored and added three assists in Friday's 5-1 preseason win over Edmonton.

Scheifele picked up assists on first period goals by Adam Lowry and Joel Armia. He extended Winnipeg's lead to 4-1 with his goal at the 17:57 mark of the third period and helped set up Kyle Connor's goal just over three minutes later. The 23-year-old scored 29 goals and 61 points in 71 games last season.
Sep 30 - 10:53 PM


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