Jonathan Drouin picked up two assists in Thursday's OT win over Philadelphia. One came on the power play.
Can you smell a breakout? We sure can. And it will be televised. This guy's talent is through the roof and it looks like it's going to translate into real production this season. Enjoy the ride.
Jaden Schwartz assisted on the game-winning goal and the empty-netter in Thursday's Opener against Edmonton.
Schwartz finished with a plus-2 rating and had two shots while playing 16:23. He got the secondary helper on Robby Fabbri's game-winner and and his second from Troy Brouwer before the buzzer sounded. Schwartz was a big part of the "STL" line from last season, but managed to keep the scoring up despite Vladimir Tarasenko's move to the first line. As long as linemate Jori Lehtera continues to make crisp passes, Schwartz will keep tallying assists.
Evander Kane picked up an assist on Jack Eichel's power-play goal in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Senators.
He ended up finishing minus-1 in the loss, but Kane played heavy minutes (21:58) alongside Eichel, with Zemgus Girgensons eventually replacing Sam Reinhart on that trio after they looked rough early in the game. It's intriguing that the Eichel-Kane line already exceeded the ice time of Ryan O'Reilly's line, which was expected to be the Buffalo Sabres ' top group to open the year. Kane has all the talent in the world, and if he can stay healthy -- something that's been an issue throughout his career -- he has a chance to put up big point totals alongside the Sabres' star rookie.
Hoffman dished out primary assists on both of Kyle Turris's goals and went plus-2 in Thursday's Opening Night win against Buffalo.
After last year's unexpected 48-point breakout, Hoffman's now in prime position on the Sens' top line with Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman , and it wouldn't be a surprise to see all three of those guys clear 60 points this season. The talent is impressive, but the chemistry this early in the year is even more impressive.
David Pastrnak scored a goal on three shots in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Jets.
His line with David Krejci and Matt Beleskey was essentially the sole source of offense for the B's in the blowout defeat. With his spectacular scoring ability, Pastrnak is a legitimate breakout candidate this year in second-line minutes for Boston, but with the Boston Bruins ' back end looking a bit ugly, his plus-minus could end up suffering.
Clarke MacArthur will play Thursday against the Sabres, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
MacArthur was a game-time decision leading into Thursday's contest, but will be in the Senator's lineup Thursday night against Buffalo. He'll slot into a bottom-six role in Thursday's tilt.
Jamie Benn (hip) is listed on the top line for Thursday night's contest against Pittsburgh, per Mark Stepneski of NHL.com.
Benn dealt with a hip injury in the preseason but appears ready to rock for the season opener. It appears that he will be joined on the scoring line by Cody Eakin and Tyler Seguin. Benn collected the most points of anyone in the NHL last year, when he compiled 35 goals and 52 assists through a full season's worth of work.
Mason Raymond will be in the Calgary Flames ' lineup Saturday against the Canucks, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 the FAN reports.
Raymond was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Canucks, so it appears as though the Flames are slotting him into the lineup in an attempt to shake things up after such an ugly result. Raymond registered 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 57 games with Calgary last season.
Jakob Silfverberg returned to practice Thursday and is expected to play Saturday.
Silfverberg has been dealing with an apparent head injury after taking a vicious illegal blow to the head from the Sharks' Raffi Torres in Saturday's exhibition, but appears to now be close to full health. He's expected to suit up for Saturday's season opener against San Jose, but his official status will be confirmed prior to puck drop.
John Scott was placed on waivers Thursday,TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
The veteran enforcer will likely clear waivers and report to the Portland Pirates of the AHL. Scott offered very little fantasy value other than his ability to rack up penalty minutes. There is a chance he may end up on another NHL roster, but that is still to be seen.