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Posted On Monday, 09.28.2015 / 2:26 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Sharks send top pick Meier back to junior team

The San Jose Sharks reassigned 10 players Monday, including sending forward Timo Meier, the ninth pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, to the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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Posted On Monday, 09.28.2015 / 12:03 PM

By Staff -  / - 2016 NHL Draft blog

Bellows, Tkachuk have strong starts for new teams

Top American-born forwards Kieffer Bellows and Matthew Tkachuk, each projected to be a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, had impressive starts to the season for their respective teams.

Bellows, a left wing in his first season with USA Hockey's Under-18 National Team Development Program, scored a hat trick and had an assist in a 6-4 victory against the Youngstown Phantoms on Saturday. He was named USHL Forward of the Week for his effort.

Bellows, the son of former NHL player Brian Bellows, was named the USHL rookie of the year in 2014-15 after connecting for 33 goals and 52 points in 60 regular-season games with the Sioux Falls Stampede. He is committed to Boston University in Hockey East in 2016-17.

Posted On Monday, 09.28.2015 / 12:04 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Kings' Muzzin, Greene sustain upper-body injuries

Los Angeles Kings defensemen Jake Muzzin and Matt Greene sustained upper-body injuries during a preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Muzzin was hit hard into the boards by Avalanche forward Blake Comeau eight minutes into the game. He played four additional shifts in the period but did not return for the second.

Greene took his final shift late in the second period. He remained on the bench for the third.

Posted On Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 6:22 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Avalanche's MacKinnon primed to bounce back

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon is promising to be more aggressive entering his third season in the NHL.

"I feel faster, more powerful. I can say all that stuff, but I have to bring it to the games. But I do feel good out there," MacKinnon, 20, told the Denver Post.

"There's times to pull up and times to drive, and obviously I didn't drive enough. I know that. But you have to make a decision pretty quick out there and sometimes you're not going to make the best decision. I can drive more, for sure, and I need to get deeper when I do pull up -- it needs to be closer to the goal line. I have to at least try to get to the net, and if I can't, I'll pull up. But for sure, this year I'm going to try to be more aggressive."

Posted On Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 3:16 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Bruins send goalies McIntyre, Subban to AHL

The Boston Bruins assigned goalies Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence on Sunday, leaving Jeremy Smith and veteran Jonas Gustavsson, in camp on a professional tryout, to compete for the backup role behind Tuukka Rask.

Forward Jake DeBrusk, the 14th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was one of three players returned to their respective junior teams.

Posted On Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 2:28 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Maple Leafs release veterans Glencross, Setoguchi

The Toronto Maple Leafs released veteran forwards Curtis Glencross and Devin Setoguchi from their professional tryout contracts, and reassigned forward Mitchell Marner to London of the Ontario Hockey League, the Maple Leafs announced Sunday.

Glencross has 134 goals and 275 points in 507 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Washington Capitals. Setoguchi has 127 goals and 249 points in 471 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets and Flames. He scored a career-high 31 goals with San Jose in 2008-09.

Posted On Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 2:16 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Lightning claim Poulin off waivers, release Emery

The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed goaltender Kevin Poulin off waivers from the New York Islanders and released goalie Ray Emery from his professional tryout, the Lightning announced Sunday.

Poulin had an .899 save percentage and a 3.07 goals-against average in 50 games with the Islanders. He went 16-21-7 with a 2.87 GAA and .912 save percentage in 45 games last season for Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. He will compete with Kristers Gudlevskis to back up Ben Bishop in place of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is expected to be sidelined until at least November after having vascular surgery on Sept. 3.

Posted On Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 10:59 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Predators send first-round pick Fiala to AHL

The Nashville Predators assigned forward Kevin Fiala and 21 others to their American Hockey League affiliate Saturday.

Fiala, the 11th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, had two assists and seven shots on goal in four preseason games while averaging 14:23 of ice time. He had 11 goals and 20 points in 33 games for the Admirals last season, and a goal and two assists in eight games for Switzerland at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Posted On Saturday, 09.26.2015 / 11:47 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Injured Jackman aiming to debut for Predators

Defenseman Barret Jackman participated in a Nashville Predators scrimmage Saturday and is hopeful to recover from an upper-body injury in time to play the final two preseason games.

"We're just looking for him to get back on the ice," Predators coach Peter Laviolette told The Tennessean. "It's unfortunate what happened, and now that he's feeling better, on the ice for a couple days, we were able to get him mixed into a scrimmage.

"Some of the exhibition games have gone by, obviously he would have played in some of those. Especially being new here, learning the systems, it's good to get him out here and just get him back."

Posted On Saturday, 09.26.2015 / 1:03 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Lightning's Drouin trying to mesh with Stamkos

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin has been skating on a line with Steven Stamkos in training camp with the hopes it will form one of the more dynamic 1-2 punches in the NHL this season.

Drouin, the third player selected at the 2013 NHL Draft, scored four goals in 70 games for the Lightning last season and played six games during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the 20-year-old could take a big step this season if he gets the chance to skate on a line with Stamkos, a four-time 40-goal scorer.

"Stammer is a smart player, and his shooting ability, if you put the puck in a good spot, it's probably going to end up in the back of the net pretty soon," Drouin told the Tampa Tribune. “He skates really well, he sees the play nice, so it’s definitely easy to play with him."

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