Hoffman scored a power-play goal and tacked on an assist during Saturday's 3-2 preseason loss to Montreal in overtime.
While these games may not count for the ultimate prize, Hoffman has officially caught fire. The 2009 fifth-round pick has three goals in two games and continues to be the aggressor. The winger compiled 29 goals last year, and with added motivation from a new contract and coach, the 26-year-old is in line for a monster campaign.
Hammond allowed three goals on 32 shots during Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal in the preseason.
Hammond's second appearance in the preseason didn't go as planned, but the netminder still had a decent outing and probably enjoyed having Erik Karlsson back to protect the blue line. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, Craig Anderson remains the man in Ottawa, limiting his opportunities between the crease.
Baun was assigned to AHL Rockford on Saturday.
Despite signing a two-year contract extension in the offseason, it appears that Baun will spend another season primarily at the AHL level. Last season he played 43 games with Rockford, compared to just two with Chicago.
Yakupov was recently designated with a lower-body injury but his ability to skate Saturday suggests that his ailment isn't overly serious. In fact, it seems that he even has a chance to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Kings.
Karlsson was on ice for 21:41 and recorded no points during Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal in the preseason.
While he didn't reach the box score, Karlsson joined his team for the first time since competing on Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey. Preseason aside, the 26-year-old stud is in line for another monster season and remains the No. 1 blueliner option across all drafts. The Swede held a point-per-game pace last year en route to a historical campaign that consisted of 16 goals and 66 assists.
Ceci sat the pine during the first period of Saturday's 3-2 preseason overtime loss to Montreal due to a missed team meeting, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Bobby Ryan also missed the team meeting, so the winger joined Ceci on the bench for the first period. It's just preseason, but new coach Guy Boucher is establishing ground rules early, and if anything, this could serve as a minor wake-up call. The 22-year-old is stepping into a more prominent role this season next to veteran Dion Phaneuf and remains on fantasy radars as a deep league asset with sleeper potential.
Hunt was assigned to AHL Chicago on Saturday, NHL.com reports.
With Opening Night approaching and NHL teams being forced to slim their rosters, Hunt and fellow defenseman Vince Dunn were sent down to the Blues' minor league affiliate. Hunt has yet to produce any noteworthy seasons in the NHL but he has recorded 40-plus points in each of his last three AHL campaigns. The 28-year-old will likely remain with the Wolves until the Blues call upon his services to fill a void on their defensive depth chart.
Ryan was benched in the first period of Saturday's 3-2 preseason overtime loss to the Canadiens because he missed a team meeting, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. The winger had a power-play assist in 11:59 of ice time.
Cody Ceci joined Ryan on the pine in the first period. While this should be a non-issue moving forward, it was worth mentioning for the mere fact that new coach Guy Boucher clearly isn't messing around. The Sens are ready to win now, and even though it's just preseason, the 29-year-old winger that notched 56 points last year is not an exception to team rules. Looking past this blunder, Ryan is primed for another consistent campaign with upside for more in 2016-17.
Backhand (concussion) is expected to play Sunday against Winnipeg.
Backlund sustained a concussion during the World Cup of Hockey but resumed skating Thursday and is now prepared to take the ice competitively. The 27-year-old center is coming off a career-best season, totaling 47 points in 82 games and with his speed and playmaking ability, he could be due to take another step forward in 2016-17.