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Fantasy All-Access: Islanders' Bailey warrants add

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was named the MVP of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, but what does that mean for his fantasy value for the rest of the season?

The last MVP in his home arena was Alexei Kovalev with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009. The rest of the 2008-09 season the Canadiens winger had 14 goals and 18 assists in 32 games. In 2011 Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp was MVP and followed that performance with eight goals and 17 assists in 25 games. The last All-Star Game played in Ottawa in 2012, the MVP was the New York Rangers' Marian Gaborik, who 16 goals and 21 assists in 35 games.

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Kings, Penguins among 15 top stories in second half

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:33 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

COLUMBUS -- The 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus was fun, intriguing, exciting and entertaining, but it's over now. It's time to get back to work.

Teams are back at practice Monday and the games start up again Tuesday. Here are 15 storylines to follow as the 2014-15 NHL season hits its stretch drive:

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Islanders' Okposo out because of upper-body injury

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:01 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo will miss approximately 6-8 weeks because of an upper-body injury, coach Jack Capuano told the Islanders website on Monday.

Okposo, who plays right wing on the Islanders' top line along with center John Tavares, is second on the Islanders with 44 points in 46 games and third with 14 goals.

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Sharks sign Jevpalovs to entry-level contract

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Nikita Jevpalovs to an entry-level contract.

Jevpalovs, 20, has recorded 71 points (38-33=71) and 24 penalty minutes in 45 games with Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The Armada's alternate captain currently ranks 2nd in the league in goals and 4th in points in his third QMJHL season. His nine game-winning goals lead the league, while he ranks 6th in power play goals (13).

"Nikita is a big-bodied forward who has a good combination of size and scoring ability," said Wilson. "He has represented his country numerous times and impressed against some of the world's top young talent and we're excited to add a young forward with his skill set to our organization."

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Sabres' Zadorov suspended for missing practice

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 2:57 PM / News

BuffaloSabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today's practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break.

"We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week's western road trip," said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray.

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Predators goalie Mazanec recalled from AHL

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 2:46 PM / News

NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn.Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec (MAIR-ehk muh-ZAN-ehk) from Milwaukee (AHL).

Mazanec, 23 (7/18/91), has gone 5-0-0 during the Admirals' franchise-record nine-game win streak, posting a 1.22 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and a shutout in that span. He is tied for fifth in AHL shutouts (3), and for ninth in wins (13). On the season, the Pisek, Czech Republic, native is 13-8-3 with a 2.41 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

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Stars recall Oleksiak, Jokipakka from AHL

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 1:44 PM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka from the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Oleksiak, 22, has registered eight points (1-7=8), eight penalty minutes and 28 shots on goal in 31 games for Dallas this season. The Toronto, Ontario native has skated in six games with Texas this season, posting four assists (0-4=4) and a +4 plus/minus rating. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound defenseman was selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Flames recall Baertschi, two others from AHL

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 12:50 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forwards Sven Baertschi and David Wolf, and defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

Baertschi, a native of Langenthal, Switzerland has played in 14 games with Calgary this season where he has three assists and four penalty minutes. The 22-year-old has also played in 28 games for Adirondack and recorded five goals and 12 assists for 17 points.

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Johansen, Karlsson and Parise named stars of week

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKColumbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 25.

FIRST STAR – RYAN JOHANSEN, C, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Capping a weekend that celebrated the sport and the fans, Johansen was named the MVP – via Twitter vote – of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game. The 22-year-old Vancouver, B.C., native led Team Foligno (captained by Blue Jackets linemate Nick Foligno) with 2-2-4, including a pair of goals in the opening period, in a 17-12 loss to Team Toews Jan. 25. He also was the top pick in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings Jan. 23 and the winner of the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge Jan. 24. The Blue Jackets' leading scorer in 2014-15, Johansen was held without a point in each of team's two outings earlier in the week – a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild Jan. 19 and a 4-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Jan. 21. That snapped his point streak at 13 games (8-8-16), a franchise record, career high and the longest in the NHL this season. Johansen paces the Blue Jackets (20-22-3, 43 points) with 26 assists and 43 points in 45 outings in 2014-15. He also is the only player in the NHL with two point streaks of at least 10 games this season (also Oct. 9 31: 5-8-13 in 10 GP).

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NHL.com draft experts predict 2015 first round

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

NHL.com

Almost every conversation about the 2015 NHL Draft involves Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel.

It's almost a certainty McDavid and Eichel will be the first two players selected when the draft is held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Though NHL teams have to wait six more months to make their decisions, NHL.com has opted to make its picks today, based on League standings at the All-Star break.

The choice was unanimous for NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale, who predicted McDavid will be picked first, followed by Eichel.

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Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.

— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL