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Paul, Puempel among Senators' top five prospects

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Young forwards Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Curtis Lazar, and defensemen Cody Ceci and Mark Borowiecki were significant parts of the Ottawa Senators' success last season, which ended in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Despite having a large number of players graduate to the NHL, the Senators have a good core of prospects thanks to recent trades and some strong drafting.

Here is a look at the Senators' top five prospects, according to

Ottawa Senators fantasy hockey outlook

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

As part of's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Erik Karlsson

My top ranked fantasy defenseman comes in at No. 13 among all players in my offseason rankings, 10 spots ahead of the next defenseman (P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens). Karlsson was one of two defensemen to lead his team in scoring last season (Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes) and it marked the second straight season he did so on the Senators. His 21 goals and 292 shots on goal last season were career-highs. Since his breakout season in 2011-12 (19 goals and 78 points), Karlsson leads all defensemen with 232 points, 166 assists and 889 shots on goal, and his 66 goals are tied for first with Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. More remarkable is that Karlsson accomplished all of this despite missing 31 games in 2012-13 because of injury. Simply put, there is no better defenseman in fantasy hockey than Karlsson, and it's not even close. A return to the 70-point mark seems likely for the 25-year-old.

McDavid impresses Oilers' Hall at training session

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 8:58 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

Taylor Hall skated with Edmonton Oilers teammate Connor McDavid for the first time Monday and did his best to keep up.

"He's got a lot of foot speed," Hall said. "He seems to glide faster than most guys skate at full speed."

Hall and McDavid, each a No. 1 pick at the NHL Draft, were taking part in the BioSteel camp in Toronto. It's the latest step for McDavid, the top pick in June and considered the best prospect to enter the NHL since Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005.

Dupuis skates with Penguins at new practice facility

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 4:29 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis on Monday took another step in his return from a blood clot in his lung when he and several teammates skated for the first time at the Penguins' new practice and training facility.

"Being on the ice with teammates, and being allowed more than myself and the trainer [on the ice] here in Pittsburgh, it's a first in basically 10 months," Dupuis told the Penguins website. "It felt great to be out there."

Dupuis, who missed all but 16 games last season, was joined at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex by forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, defensemen Ian Cole, Rob Scuderi, Steve Oleksy and Adam Clendening, and goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff.

Ducks sign forward Santorelli to one-year contract

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 2:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Forward Mike Santorelli signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

Financial terms were not released, but reported the contract is worth $875,000.

Santorelli, 29, has 55 goals, 120 points and 70 penalty minutes in 336 regular-season games with the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Briere announces retirement after 17 seasons

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 12:05 PM / News

Center Daniel Briere announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday after 17 seasons with five teams.

Briere, 37, played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. He scored 307 goals and had 696 points in 973 regular-season games, and had 53 goals and 116 points in 124 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

He announced his retirement in a bylined story in Le Droit, a French newspaper in his hometown of Gatineau, Quebec, amid speculation on his future.

"This is not a decision that can be taken lightly. I've been thinking about it for weeks," Briere wrote. "In fact, I first began bouncing the idea around in my head last winter, when I was in Colorado. I felt far away from my children, who stayed in Philadelphia. It wasn’t really an easy situation for me. ... I'm putting an end to my career in order to become more involved in the lives of my three boys. They are at an age when it is crucial to have a father at home.

"This summer, the more time I spent with them, the less I saw myself leaving home one more time to start up the engine for another season. If I took my time before making my decision, it was because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t making the wrong one."

Fleury glad to have Kessel as teammate on Penguins

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 11:41 AM / News

After the Pittsburgh Penguins scored eight goals in five games during their Eastern Conference First Round loss to the New York Rangers last season, they acquired high-scoring forward Phil Kessel on July 1.

One player happy with the move is Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who won't have to face Kessel anymore.

"[Kessel is] very talented, very fast," Fleury told the Penguins website Friday. "One less guy I have to worry about playing against. It'll be good to have him with the group of guys that we have and maybe make practice a little tougher with all these guys that we have up front."

Hellebuyck, Ehlers among Jets' top five prospects

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Solid scouting and player development are the two pillars on which the Winnipeg Jets are building their organization.

After inheriting a farm system bereft of talent in 2011, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has rebuilt the prospect base slowly and methodically.

"I don't want to see [Cheveldayoff] change the organization's draft-and-develop approach," Jets coach Paul Maurice told Jets TV on July 3. "I like the young players we've got. We're building something here."

Here is a look at the Jets' top five prospects, according to

Maurice, young players have Jets feeling optimistic

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets have to find a way to top last season.

For years, merely reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs had been a key goal for the Jets. The franchise had not reached the playoffs since 2007, when it played as the Atlanta Thrashers, and an ever-changing group of players had come and gone without a trip to the postseason.

The Jets finally reached the playoffs last season, though the good times ended quickly in a sweep by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round. Still, the Jets managed to combine the test of a late-season playoff race with further establishing MTS Centre as one of the loudest and most intimidating buildings in the NHL.

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has patiently gone about trying to rebuild the Jets' prospect base from the bottom up. His moves began to pay off last season, and he has more prospects on the way for coach Paul Maurice.

Here are four reasons for optimism for the Jets:

Goaltending, discipline among questions for Jets

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets took a big step last season by reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the franchise relocated from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season.

Though ending the franchise's playoff drought helped to validate the long-term plans of general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, the Jets have endured some challenges since. They added forward Alexander Burmistrov from the Kontinental Hockey League this summer, but capable veteran forwards Michael Frolik, Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty all departed.

Here are three questions facing the Jets this season:

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