NHL Player News

  • Jaden Schwartz LW | STL

    Blues' Jaden Schwartz: No limitations Thursday

    Schwartz played his first game of the season following rehab from an elbow injury and had two shots on net in 19:38 of ice time in the Blues' 3-1 loss to the Oilers on Thursday.

    There was no easing Schwartz back into action as head coach Ken Hitchcock had him out there for a full complement of shifts plus time on both special-team units. If he remains healthy, Schwartz will occupy a top-six role with time on the power play.

  • Hurricanes' Elias Lindholm: First point of season in win over Flames

    Lindhom notched his first point of the season in Thursday's win over the Flames, assisting on Jeff Skinner's third-period insurance goal.

    After posting identical 39-point campaigns the past two seasons, Lindholm is poised to take a step forward this year and finally surpass the 40-point plateau. He is technically listed as the Canes' No. 3 center behind Victor Rask and Jordan Staal, but he makes up for that by seeing a ton of first-unit power-play time, leading the team in TOI with 3:48 per game. He makes for a good waiver-wire candidate with plenty of upside in most fantasy formats.

  • Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin: Posts assist in win over Flames

    Slavin posted his first point of the season, assisting on the eventual game-winning goal Thursday against the Flames.

    Slavin enjoyed a terrific debut season with the Canes last year, ranking fifth among rookie blueliners with 20 points. This year, he's already seeing more ice time compared to last year (22:11 vs. 20:59), although a significant portion of that is being spent on the penalty kill (4:38). For now, given his top-four role on the Canes' blue line, Slavin represents a decent mid-tier fantasy defenseman option in most standard formats.

  • Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen: Scores in Thursday's win

    Lehkonen scored his second goal of the season in Thursday night's 5-2 win over Arizona.

    The early results are positive for Lehkonen, who is second on the team with 13 shots on net while fitting in nicely with linemates Tomas Plekanec and Alexander Radulov on the Habs' second line.

  • Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk: Extends point streak to four games

    Galchenyuk scored his first goal of the season in Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Coyotes. The top-line center has points in each of the first four games.

    Galchenyuk is still adjusting to life as a full-time center, winning just 33 percent of his draws, but with Montreal winning (3-0-1), head coach Michel Therrien will give him time to hone that skill. One skill that doesn't need honing is his knack for offense, whether it be scoring or playmaking. His line, with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher produced 14 of Montreal's 43 shots Thursday.

  • Canadiens' Torrey Mitchell: Pots second of the season

    Mitchell scored a goal on his only shot on net in Thursday night's 5-2 win over Arizona. It was Mitchell's second goal of the season.

    The Canadiens played well Thursday and head coach Michel Therrien could roll all four lines, leading to a season-high 13:19 of ice time for Mitchell. When the fourth line is getting that type of playing time, there's obviously greater opportunity to score. Mitchell's not considered a scorer -- his status as a fourth-line center should tell you that -- but the 31-year-old is coming off a career-high 11 goals in 2015-16.

  • Canadiens' Alexei Emelin: Ahead of last season's scoring pace

    Emelin scored the first goal of the game in Montreal's 5-2 win over Arizona on Thursday. He also had a team-high five hits in 17:21 of ice time.

    We've become accustomed to Emelin doling out the punishment, but providing offense is rare. The Russian defenseman, who didn't score at all last season, unloaded a slap shot from the left faceoff circle to register his first goal since March 17, 2015.

  • Martin Reway LW | MON

    Canadiens' Martin Reway: Out for season

    Reway (illness) may not play this season, according to the player's agent, L.A. Lariviere of TVA Sports reports.

    Reway has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness for the last month. The Canadiens' have not released much information about the Slovak forward's condition.

  • Panthers' Mike Matheson: Putting up points early

    Matheson scored a goal in Thursday's loss to Washington, giving him three points in four games to open the season.

    Two of those points are goals and he's taken a dozen shots on net, so Matheson's first full NHL season is off to quite a promising start. The 22-year-old isn't seeing much power-play time, and a promotion on that front could send his value higher, though it's worth noting that he managed just 20 points in 54 AHL games last year.

  • Radek Faksa C | DAL

    Stars' Radek Faksa: Scores first of the year

    Faksa posted his first goal of the season for Dallas in Thursday's OT loss to Los Angeles.

    The Stars expect big things from the 22-year-old, whose fantasy value remains a bit of a mystery. He's a strong defensive player with offensive upside but has yet to prove what he's capable of on a fantasy roster.