Boedker helped San Jose jump out to a 3-1 lead, only to see Edmonton score three unanswered goals to take the contest in overtime. The Danish forward was a difference-maker in this one after being scratched in Games 3 and 4 for performance reasons, but his 13:13 of ice time was just one second above Marcus Sorensen's team-low mark. Don't expect a long leash from coach Peter DeBoer with the season on the line in Game 6.
While some might chalk Guentzel's success up to simply being in a summer league, the caliber of competition -- Nick Bjugstad, Dustin Byfuglien and Drew Stafford, for example -- makes the youngster's success hard to ignore. A natural center, the 22-year-old could help fill the gap down the middle of the Pens' lineup, but it seems doubtful coach Mike Sullivan will want to break up his Stanley Cup winning "Sid and the Kids" line.
Beauchemin likely won't find ice time easy to come by, but given the number of injuries that impacted the Ducks last season, it's not surprising to see them add some additional blue line depth. As expected, the 37-year-old will not be getting anywhere close to the $4.5 million annual cap hit he carried before Colorado bought him out of his contract. At best, Beauchemin will probably be a 20-point player, yet until his role is more finalized -- fantasy owners may want to hold off on utilizing him for their lineups.
Howden saw action in a mere five contests with Winnipeg last season -- instead spending the bulk of the campaign with AHL Manitoba. While in the minors, the center tallied 13 goals and 11 helpers in 58 appearances. Selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft, the 25-year-old has failed to live up to expectations, but could get another shot in the league if he can put together a solid year in the KHL.
Dea could be in line for larger role with the Pens this season as they haven't shored up the center position behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Carter Rowney appears to have the inside track for the third-line spot, but the fourth-line role likely won't be decided until closer to the end of training camp. The 23-year-old Dea would need to beat out Greg McKegg and Dominik Simon, but this is a positional battle worth monitoring heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
Zetterberg also stated "I may have two years left, but I have also learned to take one year at a time," while carrying a cap hit of just over $6 million annually. One has to wonder whether a second season without a playoff appearance would factor into the veteran's decision -- something that could happen again this upcoming campaign as the Red Wings haven't drastically improved their squad, one that failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in over two decades.
The oft-injured scoring vet reportedly had a procedure done this offseason that involved repairing a tendon and ligament, but even though he avoided surgery and is said to be doing well, Kings GM Rob Blake added in a State of the Franchise address that Gaborik "still has some difficulty with some of the lifts and the strength." A mid-80s point packer in his heyday with the Rangers, it's difficult to recommend the Czech in anything but the deepest fantasy formats since he's played a combined 110 games over the last two seasons.
The towering net-front scoring winger dropped jaws as a rookie, dialing up 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) despite averaging a mere 15:54 of ice time over 60 games. Additionally, among the men donning the Winged Wheel, Mantha's plus-10 rating was inferior only to captain Henrik Zetterberg and his plus-15 clip. As suggested in this latest report, the 22-year-old is part of the reason why the team isn't looking to bring back Thomas Vanek, and he could see regular power-play minutes in the coming season if one of Justin Abdelkader or Riley Sheahan get injured.
According to Rutherford, this is the St. Louis native's second hip surgery in just over a year. The Notes had sung his praises upon making him a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, but these ailments, coupled with underwhelming peripherals (3.08 GAA, .897 save percentage) over 75 regular-games with the OHL's Kitchner Rangers, have dimmed his long-term fantasy outlook.
While the expansion Golden Knights would have little reason to press one of their more established players into a promotional event, it's discouraging that he's dealing with an injury in the first place. He'll reportedly be reevaluated in "a week or so," but this doesn't bode well for Schmidt's fantasy prospects after he took the nascent franchise to arbitration with his award set at two years and $4.45 million. Last year, he compiled 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) over 60 games with the Capitals.
The 'Yotes signed Wood to a three-year, entry-level contract this past March. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, he's an imposing presence from the back line, and is fresh off a season with the AHL's Roadrunners that included 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) in 68 games. However, he turned in a minus-23 rating that same year, suggesting that his own-zone play needs refining. For now, fantasy owners should at least consider the 2014 third-round pick -- originally drafted by the Avalanche -- as a potential keeper option.
The Finn spent his first three seasons in St. Louis, having surged out of the gate with a rookie year that included 14 goals, 30 assists, and a plus-21 rating. However, his production slipped quite a bit in the two subsequent years -- all the way down to 22 points and a minus-6 rating over 64 contests in 2016-17. Perhaps a change of scenery will invigorate Lehtera, but don't be surprised if it takes him awhile to settle in. After all, he's projected to start out in a bottom-six role for a Flyers offense that was inferior to the Blues during his tenure with the Notes.
Formerly with the Oilers, the skilled right winger was traded to the Islanders in June in a straight up deal for Ryan Strome. Last season, Eberle played all 82 games for the first time in his seven-year career and proceeded to register 20 goals and 31 assists -- including 14 man-advantage points. This year, he'll assuredly see more ice time than the 16:46 average in his previous go-around with the Oil, and being the right flanker to Tavares -- who's amassed 537 points in 587 regular-season contests -- definitely has its advantages.
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