Randell spent the 2016-17 campaign in the minors with AHL Providence where he garnered one goal and nine helpers in 59 outings. While he can rack up the hits and forechecks well, the winger doesn't have much of a scoring touch which limits his fantasy upside. The 26-year-old figures to once again spent the bulk of the upcoming campaign in the minors.
Czuczman would have needed a phenomenal camp in order to win a spot on the 23-man roster, so it should come as no surprise the organization decided to move him down to the minors. The 26-year-old last appeared in an NHL contest during the 2013-14 season when he was with the Islanders in which he notched a pair of helpers. While he does have offensive upside, the Pens depth on the blue line all but guarantees the London, Ontario native will spend the entire year with the Baby Pens.
Considering what the Pens gave up to bring in Corrado -- Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a fourth-round pick -- fans will no doubt be disappointed to see he was unable to earn a spot on the 23-man roster. The 24-year-old heads back to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he registered one goal and three helpers last season.
Poirier was a first-round pick in 2013, but the 22-year-old winger has yet to make any significant impact at the NHL level. If he clears waivers, he'll be assigned to AHL Stockton, where he'll likely spend the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign.
Ward will have another opportunity to push Scott Darling for the starting job after allowing just one goal on 24 shots in Saturday's win over the Capitals. The Carolina goalie situation is a bit murky at the moment, but whoever becomes the starter should be set up for success with a resurgent Hurricanes team poised to make some noise this season.
Fedun's status has yet to be updated, but there's cause for concern any time a player is struck in the head by a puck. His status will be updated soon, though this ailment is not believed to be serious. With Fedun and Jake McCabe (shoulder) out with injuries, Victor Antipin as well as journeymen Justin Falk, Matt Tennyson and Cody Goloubef all have improved chances of making the team for Opening Night on Oct. 5.
McCabe is considered week-to-week, and with the season opener on Oct. 5 just a week away, this certainly puts his status in doubt. The former Wisconsin Badgers captain appeared in 76 games for the Sabres last year, and he'll likely play a third-pairing role upon returning. Considering how deep Buffalo's blue line is this year, McCabe is an afterthought in most fantasy leagues despite his ability to provide some scoring and peripheral stats.
Shinkaruk enjoyed a solid campaign in the minors last season, notching 35 points in 52 games, but it was disappointing to see him take a step back after racking up 51 points in 62 games with AHL Stockton in 2015-16. The 22-year-old winger was a first-round pick in 2013, so he definitely has potential, but the Flames clearly don't think he's ready for a regular role with the big club.
With the amount of defensive depth the Stars have, it would have been a surprise to see Regner make the Opening Night roster. The 28-year-old should serve as a call-up option this season, but likely nothing more, leaving him with little fantasy value.
Per Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site, Flynn was waived with the intent of being assigned to AHL Texas, but considering his history of solid bottom-six work, he could very well be claimed by another team. Either way, he's not much of a fantasy asset in most formats.
Despite a strong preseason, it appears Gurianov will begin the 2017-18 campaign in the minors. He's shown flashes of offensive upside, and at just 20 years old, he has lots of room to grow as the season progresses. Keep an eye out for a midseason recall.
There's still hope for the 2011 second-round pick as an NHL prospect, but the Flames evidently believe Wotherspoon needs more time to develop in the AHL before getting another shot with the big club. He'll likely spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the 24-year-old blueliner draw into a few games with Calgary this season.
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