Evgeny Medvedev collected an assist and two PIM in the Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss.
Appearing in his first NHL game, Medvedev did not disappoint. On a power play, the defenseman powered a shot from the point whose rebound was tipped in by Brayden Schenn. Medvedev garnered praise throughout the preseason, and he's worth monitoring in these first few games.
Matt Dumba picked up an assist and blocked three shots in Thursday's Opening Night win.
The No. 7 overall pick in 2012, Dumba played well in his first action of 2015-16. He picked up the secondary assist on the goal that sparked the Minnesota Wild 's comeback in the third period. Dumba also saw limited power play time and his pedigree makes him someone to keep an eye on if you're looking for potential blue line sleepers.
Seth Jones collected two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's Opening Night victory against the Hurricanes.
He helped out on both Nashville goals in the game while playing a surprising 21:04 -- that's only 40 seconds less than Roman Josi. Jones' minutes may not always be that high, but he should see a consistent share of power-play time, and that combined with his pedigree as the No. 4 overall pick in 2013 makes the 21-year-old an appealing fantasy option, particularly in deeper formats.
Jason Garrison scored twice, including the game winner, in Thursday's overtime win over the Flyers. The winner came on a breakaway in the 3-on-3 overtime period.
He's not the typical breakaway type, but his owners will take it. The first goal was his typically heavy, seeing-eye hammer from the blue line that made its way through traffic and eluded starter Steve Mason. Nice outing, but this isn't something you should come to expect.
James Wisniewski left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and will not return.
Wisniewski suffered the injury on just his second shift of the night, playing just 47 seconds before going down. He had to be helped off the ice, which is never a good sign, but the team should provide a follow-up on his status at some point in the near future.
Olli Maatta will skate with Ben Lovejoy at the start of Thursday's game in Dallas, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Maatta returned to the Pens' roster Thursday after a procedural salary-cap move sent him to the minors Tuesday. Maatta did not have a particularly strong training camp but he is loaded with both offensive and defensive ability. Pittsburgh is simply looking for the 21-year-old Finn to stay healthy and let his talent take over.
Victor Hedman (undisclosed) is expected to play Thursday night against the Flyers based on this projected lines/defensive-pairing list from Randy Miller of NJ.com.
Not surprisingly, Hedman is expected to be paired with Anton Stralman atop the defensive pecking order. Hedman has terrific vision, which helps him set up scores on a consistent basis. He notched 42 helpers in 2013-14, but that number decreased to 28 last season with injuries limiting him to 59 games.
Ian Cole is expected to skate with Kris Letang as part of the top defensive pairing for the Pittsburgh Penguins , the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Cole collected a goal and eight points in 20 games after arriving from St. Louis in a deadline deal last spring. If he sticks with Letang then he might offer untapped value while supporting the line of Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz.
Adam Pardy collected two assists in three preseason games with the Winnipeg Jets .
Pardy underwent shoulder surgery in April, but re-signed with the Jets in the offseason, and was expected to be healthy for training camp. That was indeed the case, and he took advantage of the opportunity with the two assists and 19:44 of ice time in his three contests.
Slater Koekkoek was assigned to AHL Syracuse on Thursday.
Koekkoek played will this preseason, but ultimately was unable to grab a spot as one of the Tampa Bay Lightning 's top-seven defenders. The 21-year-old will be one of the first player's called up if and when the injury bug strikes Tampa Bay's defensive corps.