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Posted On Wednesday, 09.24.2014 / 10:48 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top prospect McDavid named captain of Erie Otters

Connor McDavid, expected to be one of the top two players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, on Wednesday was named captain of his team, the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

"It's a tremendous honor to be named captain of this team," McDavid told the Otters website. "You look at some of the guys before me, and those guys, it's something that is pretty special to me."

Last season McDavid, 17, was fourth in the OHL with 99 points in 56 regular-season games. He also had one goal and four points in seven games for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship; he was the sixth 16-year-old to play for Canada in the tournament, following Sidney Crosby, Eric Lindros, Jason Spezza, Jay Bouwmeester and Wayne Gretzky.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 8:45 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Red Wings' Datsyuk expects to miss a week

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk left the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night with a shoulder injury and was scheduled to have an MRI either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Datsyuk, who took a hit from Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, doesn't believe the injury is serious. The Red Wings open the regular season on Oct. 9 against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 5:53 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Canadiens goalie Fucale returned to junior team

The Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday returned goaltender Zachary Fucale to his junior team, the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Fucale was a second-round pick (No. 36) at the 2013 NHL Draft, and the first goaltender selected. He is No. 57 on the Top 60 prospect ranking.

Last season Fucale led the QMJHL in wins (36), goals-against average (2.26), and was tied for second with six shutouts. He also had a 2.42 GAA and .902 save percentage in five games for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Fucale has a chance to return as the starting goalie for Canada at the 2015 WJC, which will be played in Toronto and Montreal.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 5:30 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Kings defenseman Doughty takes part in full practice

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who sat out the first three days of training camp with an upper-body injury, took part in a full practice Tuesday.

He skated Monday with the players who did not play in the Kings' split-squad preseason games against the Arizona Coyotes, and offered a reassuring "good to go" after practice on Tuesday when asked about his status by L.A. Kings Insider.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 2:48 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Ryan on Senators roster for Wednesday game: report

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan, who left a training camp scrimmage Sunday after a collision with a teammate, is on the 25-man roster for their preseason game at home Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to a report by the Ottawa Sun.

It won't be confirmed until Wednesday whether Ryan plays, the report said.

The Senators and Maple Leafs will play split-squad games Wednesday, one in Ottawa and the other in Toronto.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 12:59 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Teravainen, Nordstrom day-to-day for Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Joakim Nordstrom are day-to-day with upper-body injuries, coach Joel Quenneville said. Neither will play in Chicago's preseason game Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings at United Center.

"He could have played," Quenneville said of Teravainen.

Teravainen scored two goals during Blackhawks scrimmages Saturday at Notre Dame, but was injured following a hit from defenseman Cam Barker.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 12:52 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Crosby, Kunitz practice; Kapanen to debut

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and forward Chris Kunitz each practiced Tuesday.

It was Crosby's first practice since Friday, the opening day of training camp, when he wasn't scheduled to skate due to an unspecified injury.

Crosby said Tuesday the reason he didn't practice the past few days wasn't because he had a setback, but because he is taking things day-to-day.

Crosby skated with players who will not be participating in the Penguins' preseason game Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kunitz, also out with an unspecified injury, skated with a group of injured Penguins and later returned to the ice to practice with Crosby and others not in the lineup Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 12:22 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Lightning's Drouin out 3-4 weeks with thumb fracture

The Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed reports that forward Jonathan Drouin will be out 3-4 weeks with a fracture in his right thumb.

The Lightning had held Drouin out of training camp activities over the weekend because of what the team said was an upper-body injury.

Drouin got bumped during drills Thursday and fell on his hand, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Drouin didn't think the injury was that bad originally, but told the Lightning about it Friday after their skate.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 11:34 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Sabres' Reinhart, Lemieux excited for home debuts

Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart makes his First Niagara Center debut Tuesday, and the second pick of the 2014 NHL Draft couldn't be more thrilled.

Reinhart played his first NHL preseason game Sunday as the Sabres lost 1-0 to the Washington Capitals. He saw nearly 17 minutes of ice time and won 60 percent of his faceoffs. He had one hit, one blocked shot and one takeaway. Reinhart did not record a shot on goal and was on the ice for the only goal of the game, scored by the Capitals' Andre Burakovsky.

"I felt more comfortable as the last game went on, and I'm really excited for [Tuesday]," Reinhart said.

He's not the only new face on the Sabres feeling some butterflies. Coach Ted Nolan announced 2014 second-round pick (No. 31) Brendan Lemieux and free-agent signings Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges also would play Tuesday against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Nolan said Gionta, Gorges and Matt Moulson will be the alternate captains for the game. The Sabres have not had a captain since Steve Ott was traded to the St. Louis Blues in February.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 11:18 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Canucks, Capitals

NHL Live turns its attention to the Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals on Tuesday, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek taking you from 5-7 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Eddie Olczyk makes his season debut appearance on the show live from Chicago, where the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Detroit Red Wings as one of nine games on the Tuesday schedule.

NHL Network analyst Craig Button also joins the show to talk rookies and prospects for the 2014-15 season.

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