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1 year agoTampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov left Tuesday's preseason game against the Florida Panthers with a lower-body injury. The issue does not appear to be too serious but head coach Jon Cooper did not want to commit to a time-frame for recovery just yet. Kucherov, as expected, is not in the lineup for Thursday's tilt with the Panthers. The 25-year-old is coming off a monster 2017-2018 season in which he posted 100 points (39 goals, 61 assists) to go along with a 36 power play points and 279 shots on goal.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Erik Erlendsson
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1 year agoDetroit Red Wings rookie forward Filip Zadina pocketed the game-winning goal in overtime during a 3-2 preseason win over the Boston Bruins. The Red Wings finished the preseason with a perfect 6-0-0 record. Zadina was the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and is the Wings' most valuable prospect. The 18-year-old had 44 goals and 38 assists in 57 games with the Halifax Mooseheads last season. Zadina is likely to start 2018-19 in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins in order to round out his game, but he could be called up to Detroit as the season progresses.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoColumbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (knee) is expected to be out four to six weeks after suffering an MCL sprain in a preseason game on Tuesday. This timeframe has him set to return somewhere between October 24 and November 7. Jones was the 13th ranked defenseman on Yahoo Fantasy heading into the regular season. He was a Second Team All-Star last season and came fourth in Norris Trophy voting. He tallied 16 goals, 41 assists, 17 PPP, and 249 shots on goal in 2017-18. Jones had an ADP of 54 prior to the injury, so perhaps fantasy managers can snag the elite defenseman a little later on draft day. He remains a D1 for fantasy purposes.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Aaron Portzline
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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks right-winger Corey Perry is set to miss the next five months after undergoing knee surgery to repair meniscus and MCL injuries. The former Hart Memorial Trophy winner has regressed a bit over the past few years (17 goals, 32 assists in 2017-2018) likely due to the wear and tear of playing an agitator role throughout much of his 12 year career. However, the loss is still significant for the Ducks as Perry plays an integral top-six role in the Ducks lineup when healthy. Perry, ranked #135 in Yahoo's preseason rankings, should likely now be avoided by fantasy owners in upcoming drafts.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Sportsnet
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1 year agoDetroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou had two goals and two assists in Tuesday's 8-6 preseason win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Athanasiou has impressed during all of the exhibition games, recording four goals and two assists across three contests. He has played exclusively with Thomas Vanek throughout training camp, while rookie stalwart Filip Zadina has occasionally filled in on the other side. All signs point to Athanasiou being utilized as a dynamic offensive weapon this season which means he should crush the 16 goals and 33 points he put up last year. Snag him as a flier in the later rounds of drafts, although be wary of a poor +/- rating.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoArizona Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk (groin) is doubtful to play in the regular season opener and has been listed as week-to-week. It appears he sustained the injury during a preseason game last Tuesday. Galchenyuk has breakout potential playing with the Coyotes top-six, so hopefully, he can return soon. He was underutilized in Montreal but should see every opportunity to succeed in the desert. He can be drafted as a C3/C4 depending on the severity of his injury. Dylan Strome is the likely beneficiary in his absence.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Arizona Coyotes
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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (hip) has still not been cleared for contact. Kesler has been practicing with the team during the preseason, but he has not been a full participant. Kesler only appeared in 48 games last season as he recovered from offseason hip surgery. The hip gave him discomfort for the entirety of 2017-18 and the issue continued over the summer. While it is promising that Kesler has been on the ice during practice, it seems likely that he will not be ready in time for the Ducks' season opener on October 3. Even when he is healthy, Kesler has been an average fantasy asset for the past few seasons. He could be worth a stash in deeper leagues, but it looks like he may be out for at least a couple of weeks. --Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Eric Stephens
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1 year agoMontreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki was part of the latest round of training camp cuts on Tuesday morning. Suzuki was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights in the Max Pacioretty deal earlier this month. The supremely skilled center looked like he had a decent shot at cracking the Canadiens roster due to their lack of depth down the middle, but the Habs' brass felt otherwise. Suzuki was the 13th overall pick from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and he has dominated junior the past two seasons. He currently has no fantasy value for 2018-19 aside from deep keeper leagues.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Eric Engels
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1 year agoThe Vegas Golden Knights signed restricted free-agent defenseman Shea Theodore to a seven-year, $36.6 million contract ($5.2 million average annual value) on Monday. The 23-year-old rearguard posted 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 61 games last season, emerging as a valuable second-pair defenseman as the year progressed. Theodore's season was his first full season in the NHL after being acquired at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from the Anaheim Ducks. While projected to go late in upcoming fantasy drafts (Yahoo preseason ranking #211), the offensive blueliner could provide considerable value if he takes another step forward in his sophomore NHL season.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoBrian Gionta announced his retirement from the NHL following 16 career seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins. The former third-round pick (82nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft closes out his career with 595 points (291 goals, 304 assists) in 1,026 career games. Gionta, captain of the 2018 United States Olympic team, posted seven points (two goals, five assists) with the Bruins last season. The 2003 Stanley Cup Champion will transition into a role with Sabres organization. --Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoOttawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk has looked great in training camp so far and has survived the first round of cuts to the AHL. The Senators cut key prospects such as Logan Brown and Drake Batherson to the AHL, and Tkachuk looks to have secured a roster spot on the team. He's developed nice chemistry with Chris Tierney and Mark Stone and is projected to start on that line for the regular season. Only time will tell right now, however, with the Sens lack of top offense, Tkachuk could look to be a key contributor this year and should be given consideration in all deeper formats for now.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
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1 year agoSt. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri departed Sunday's preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a lower-body injury. Without knowing the specifics of the injury, head coach Mike Yeo reported that the current ailment has no relation to the knee that caused him to miss the end of the 2016-2017 season and all of the 2017-2018 campaign (two separate ACL tears). The 2014, first-round pick is expected to be a very important piece in the Blues top-nine forward group this season and could be a significant fantasy sleeper if this injury isn't serious.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: theScore
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1 year agoOttawa Senators center prospect Logan Brown was sent down to the Belleville Senators in the AHL on Sunday. With the Ottawa Senators roster containing numerous young prospects able to play center such as Brady Tkachuk and Colin White, along with the seasoned veterans such as Zack Smith, Chris Tierney, and Matt Duchene, there just wasn't enough room for Brown on the roster. The promising 20-year-old will make his Belleville Senators debut, and with the Senators lack of offensively gifted forwards, Brown could easily get a mid-season call-up depending on his AHL play. For now, he should be dropped from all re-draft formats and kept on the watchlist, but remains a top prospect in the Senators system.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoMontreal Canadiens winger Paul Byron signed a four-year, $13.6 million contract (average annual value of $3.4 million) to remain with the club through the 2022-2023 season on Sunday. Byron is coming off one of his better NHL seasons, having posted 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) in all 82 games last season. The 29-year-old forward doesn't carry much value in fantasy leagues headed into the 2018-2019 season, but could prove to be an impactful streamer in deep fantasy leagues considering he's expected to play in Montreal's top-six forward group.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoThe New Jersey Devils announced that the team has come to terms with restricted free-agent forward Miles Wood on a four-year, $11 million contract on Saturday. The new contract will allow Wood to join his teammates in New Jersey for the first time this preseason. The 22-year-old winger is coming off a season in which he set career-highs in games played (76), goals (19) assists (13), points (32) to go along with 170 shots on goal and 75 hits. Wood, a speedy power forward, will look to earn his way into Devils' top-six forward group and could prove to be a valuable add in deep fantasy leagues in his third NHL season.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com

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