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  • Jay Beagle C | WAS

    Capitals' Jay Beagle: Garners assist as Caps tie series

    Beagle generated a secondary assist against the Lightning on Monday in a 3-0 win to take Game 6 of the conference finals.

    The fourth-line center worked with Chandler Stephenson in setting the table for Devante Smith-Pelly's goal in the third period. We doubt that there's been a whole lot of fantasy owners depending on Beagle in playoff pools, but he's an efficient offensive producer who has been known to strike for the occasional goal or assist.

  • Jets' Jack Roslovic: Gets taste of NHL

    Roslovic spent his first significant chunk of time with the Jets this season, as he played in 41 total contests including the playoffs.

    Although Roslovic frequently bounced in and out of the lineup, the fact that coach Paul Maurice felt comfortable putting him on the ice in the postseason shows the level of confidence the club has in the youngster. The winger put up solid numbers given his limited action (11:50 of ice time per outing), as he tallied five goals, 12 helpers and a plus-9 rating. What the organization decides to do regarding restricted free agents Adam Lowry, Joel Armia and Brandon Tanev will factor heavily into what role the 21-year-old Roslovic fills next season. The only certainty for the Columbus native heading into 2018-19 is that he will be given a chance to earn his way onto the 23-man roster during training camp.

  • Bryan Little C | WPG

    Jets' Bryan Little: Picks up assist

    Little notched a helper in Sunday's 2-1 defeat to the Golden Knights.

    Little's helper may have ended an eight-game pointless streak, but he still finished the season on a 12-game goal drought. The lack of production from the Jets' third line was a significant factor to their inability to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The 30-year-old's productivity during the regular season was far superior, as he cracked the 40-point mark for the fifth consecutive season and eighth time overall. If Paul Stastny doesn't re-sign with Winnipeg, Little is a near lock to rejoin the second line alongside Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, which will provide increased opportunities to rack up points during the 2018-19 campaign.

  • Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Makes his presence felt

    Backstrom posted a pair of assists in Game 6, his first of the Eastern Conference finals, helping his team earn a 3-0 win Monday over Tampa Bay.

    Backstrom hadn't been a factor on the scoresheet as Washington lost its grip on the series, but he set up T.J. Oshie twice to get back on track. Despite the fact he's playing through a known hand/wrist injury, expect Backstrom back in the lineup Wednesday in Game 7 (unless you hear otherwise).

  • John Tavares C | NYI

    Islanders' John Tavares: Contacted by Isles

    Tavares and the Islanders have spoken to each other, SNY.TV reports.

    There are reports that former New Jersey and Toronto general manager, Lou Lamoriello, has been hired by the Islanders as director of hockey operations and his first order of business was to contact Tavares. It is unknown what Tavares wants to return to the Isles, but if it was for the organization to hire one of the best GMs in NHL history, mission accomplished. Tavares can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will pretty much have his choice of where he wants to play. No matter where he ends up, he will likely be one of the first centers taken off the board in fantasy leagues next season.

  • Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky: Point total drops in 2017-18

    Dubinsky collected 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 62 games during 2017-18, averaging 15:21 of ice time.

    The 16 points were Dubinsky's lowest of his career, as he'd never posted less than 20 before -- and that came in just a 29-game season in 2012-13. Dubinsky's ice time also dropped to 15:21 from 17:54 a season ago, and for the first time in his career he didn't have a power-play presence. In fairness, Dubinsky was tasked with a much more defensive role, starting 63 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone, but his start rates the last four seasons hovered around 53-58 percent, so it isn't a significant difference from the past.

  • Wild's Charlie Coyle: Surgery needed for wrist injuries

    Coyle underwent surgery Friday to heal tendons on each wrist but is expected to be fully recovered by the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Michael Russo of The Atlantic reports.

    The news certainly explains the lack of points put up by Coyle to close the campaign, as he failed to find the scoresheet in the postseason and had just three assists his last 10 regular-season games. The injury caused Coyle discomfort when he was stick-handling and shooting the puck, and he's been reportedly banged up since January. He should be back to full health well in advance of training camp.

  • Paul Stastny C | WPG

    Jets' Paul Stastny: Unproductive end to season

    Stastny failed to secure a point in the final four games of the Western Conference finals.

    Brought over at the trade deadline, Stastny impressed with 13 points in 19 regular-season contests and seemed poised to carry that momentum into the playoffs, as he notched six goals and eight helpers through the first two rounds. His disappearing act at the end won't derail that fact that the Jets should want to bring back the 32-year-old for a few more seasons -- and with at least $19 million in cap space, they certainly can afford to make him a nice offer. Regardless of what sweater the Quebec City native is wearing next year, he has the talent to register a sixth straight 40-plus point campaign.

  • Jets' Mark Scheifele: Blanked in final two games

    Scheifele failed to tally a point in the Jets' last two playoff contests.

    Prior to his end of year slump, Scheifele racked up 20 points in the previous 15 postseason outings, including four power-play goals. Although injuries limited the center to just 60 games this year, he still managed to tally 23 goals and 37 assists for a point-per-game pace. If the 24-year-old can stay healthy, there is little reason to doubt he could reach 80-plus points in 2018-19 -- a feat he achieved during the 2016-17 campaign.

  • Penguins' Theodor Blueger: Snags three points with Latvia

    Blueger talled a trio of points during the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

    Blueger -- who was selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft -- has spend the past two seasons playing for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton without making his NHL debut. The center is slated to become a restricted free agent July 1 and will likely get a two-way deal from the Penguins. Considering he racked up 45 points in 70 outings in 2017-18, don't be surprised to see the 23-year-old on the shortlist of potential call-ups throughout the upcoming campaign.

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