Training Camp Buzz: Hyman likely out at least one month for Maple Leafs
Hayes to play center with van Riemsdyk, Voracek in Flyers' preseason opener; Holmstrom practices with IslandersNHL.com @NHLdotcom
Welcome to the 2019 preseason! Camps are open and it's a busy time, with rookies looking to make a name for themselves and veterans looking to lock down roster spots. Each day we will have all the updates of note right here.
Here is the training camp news for Sunday:
Hyman likely out at least one month for Maple Leafs
Zach Hyman likely will be out at least for the first month of the season, if not more, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said.
"Hyman, I think he's going to miss 14 or 15 games, so there's a real good opportunity for someone else. So why not [Kasperi Kapanen ]?" Babcock said.
Kapanen will get the first shot to replace Hyman at left wing on a line with center John Tavares and right wing Mitchell Marner.
Hyman had surgery in April to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was injured in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins.
Hayes to center van Riemsdyk, Voracek in Flyers preseason opener
Kevin Hayes will play center on a line with James van Riemsdyk at left wing and Jakub Voracek at right wing when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Islanders in their preseason opener Monday, coach Alain Vigneault said after practice.
"I feel like we've been playing well together," Hayes said. "It's a big line. All three guys can relatively skate pretty well, and all three guys can have the puck. I think it'll be a good combination…hopefully [Monday] we have good [chemistry] right from the start."
Vigneault also said center Sean Couturier and forward Claude Giroux are likely to sit out the home game against the Islanders on Monday and a game against the Islanders on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.
Holmstrom practices for first time at Islanders camp
Simon Holmstrom, the New York Islanders' first-round pick (No. 23) in the 2019 NHL Draft, took the ice for the first time at training camp after missing two days with a lower-body injury.
The 18-year-old forward was injured blocking a shot with his foot in Sweden. He missed rookie camp last week and did not skate Friday and Saturday at the main camp.
Smith sits out practice at Devils camp
Ty Smith didn't take part in practice at New Jersey Devils camp because of illness.
Smith, a defenseman taken in the first round (No. 17) of the 2018 NHL Draft, scored a goal in a scrimmage Saturday. He must make the Devils or be returned to Spokane of the Western Hockey League.