Brassard (shoulder) will not be able to take contact until at least Oct. 6, the Ottawa Sun reports. "We're aiming for Game 1, but it's kind of complicated," he said. "If that's not happening, I'm going to try and join the team as fast as I can and try to help out."

The Senators' 2017-18 campaign officially begins Oct. 5 against the visiting Capitals. At this time, it doesn't sound like the Quebec native with two-way acumen is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Night. However, his status is worth monitoring closely, as he's proven to be an impact player under the right conditions -- an output of 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) in 81 games in his debut season with Ottawa last year was underwhelming, but he'd previously enlightened the fantasy world with an average of 59 points in his last two years donning the blue shirt in New York.

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