Boyd Gordon C EDM 2 Days
Gordon is expected to serve as the Oilers' No. 3 center to begin the season, ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Though filling the hole at the second-line center spot is the more pressing need for the Oilers, it appears that rookie Leon Draisaitl or Mark Arcobello will be given the opportunity to do so before Gordon does. Gordon is serviceable two-way depth center for the Oilers, but he doesn't offer enough offensive upside to keep up with the likes of David Perron and Nail Yakupov on the wings. Look for Gordon to finish with another season where he hovers around the 20-point mark.
Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 2 Days
Minnesota has approached Bryzgalov about coming into training camp on a tryout, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
With Josh Harding suffering an ankle injury this summer and Darcy Kuemper unsigned and threatening to play overseas, the Wild may bring back Bryzgalov to serve as Josh Harding's backup.
Max Domi C PHO 2 Days
Domi, who had a brilliant 93 point campaign for London in the OHL in 2013, is being looked to crack the Coyotes' lineup and add scoring, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.
Domi's offensive ability is not in question, but coach Dave Tippett will need to be assured that he can handle his defensive duties in order for Domi to get the kind of ice time he needs to reach his potential.
Jaden Schwartz LW STL 2 Days
Schwartz, a restricted free agent, remains unsigned with one day left before camp opens, reports Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest.
Reports suggest that Schwartz and the Blues remain far apart. The 22 year-old had a break out season with 56 points and a plus-28 rating. It is unlikely that he will miss time in the regular season and hopefully any time he misses in camp does not cause him to get off to a slow start.
Justin Braun D SAN 2 Days
Braun, who set career bests with 17 points, four goals, and 13 assists last season, has inked a five-year extension with the Sharks, which will begin in the 2015-16 season.
Braun's strengths for fantasy lie in his 20:59 of average ice time last year. His fantasy value is limited though. He led the team with 2:11 per night in shorthanded ice time and his career-high 17 points is nothing that will get you drafting him in early rounds. Great signing for the Sharks, but he's a fill-in kind of fantasy player in most formats.
Nathan Horton RW CLS 2 Days
Though he's fully recovered from his abdominal and shoulder injuries, Horton will be limited in the early stages of training camp due to lingering back issues, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Horton appeared poised to enter his second training camp with the Blue Jackets at full health, but it didn't take long for him to succumb to another injury. While this latest ailment doesn't appear nearly as concerning as the abdominal and shoulder injuries that both required surgery over the last 14 months, it's difficult to rely on Horton staying upright over the course of a full season. If he's somehow able to dispatch the myriad health concerns that have plagued him the last several seasons, 50-point potential exists here. For right now, however, that projection probably appears overly optimistic.
Josh Harding G MIN 2 Days
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher categorized the foot and ankle injury that Harding sustained earlier this week as "not short term," Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The Wild are only ruling Harding out for the start of the team's training camp for now, but it seems a likely bet that he won't be available for the team's Oct. 9 regular-season opener against the Avalanche. The injury puts the Wild in a bit of a bind, as Niklas Backstrom will enter camp as the team's only NHL-ready goalie, with Darcy Kuemper continuing to negotiate a new contract with the Wild. Once healthy, Harding figures to factor into the mix for No. 1 duties, but the missed action during training camp may prove damaging to his chances.
Ryan Johansen C CLS 2 Days
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen dropped strong hints that the club would stop negotiating with Johansen's agent once training camp begins on Thursday, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Meanwhile, club president John Davidson described agent Kurt Overhardt's contract proposals as "embarrassing" and "absurd", and said that while the Jackets are using Matt Duchesne's bridge deal as a reasonable point of comparison, Overhardt has been tossing around names like Stamkos and Toews. Public statements like these are clearly a negotiating tactic, but the Jackets do have enough depth at center that they could try to survive the loss of Johansen, last season's top scorer, by shifting Boone Jenner into the middle or possibly giving a prospect like Alexander Wennberg a long look.
William Nylander F TOR 2 Days
Leafs' general manager Dave Nonis said Nylander's chances of making the Leafs this season are "remote."
His skills are remarkable and he's been dazzling the Leafs' rookie camp with his 200-foot skills. But the kid really would be best served by growing his game in North America, just not at the NHL level. He may be a sexy pick, but slow and steady wins the race.
Kris Letang D PIT 2 Days
Letang, who suffered a stroke nearly eight months ago, has been working out without any complications this summer and should be a full participant for the start of training camp, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
In addition to the stroke, Letang was limited to 37 games last season due to a knee injury and an elbow infection as well. Though he's the ultimate health risk after missing 99 games over the last three seasons, but few blueliners possess as much skill offensively as Letang, who still accumulated 11 goals and 11 assists in limited action in 2013-14. Letang compiled 50 points in his last full season in 2010, and that total could be in reach again if he can avoid any long-term health complications.