Alex Tuch RW VGK 33 minutes ago
Tuch scored for the second consecutive game in Tuesday's win over Buffalo.
Tuch has only played two games for the Golden Knights and he's impressed in both showings so far. The 21-year-old has great offensive potential and has already been thrown into a top-six role by Vegas. Whether he sticks with the big club or not, Tuch has shown over his hockey career that he appears destined to be a great goal-scorer at the NHL level. The sniper shoots the puck often and is certainly worth monitoring in fantasy this year.
Nathan Noel C CHI 47 minutes ago
Noel was reassigned to AHL Rockford on Wednesday.
Noel had technically still been with the Blackhawks after suffering an undisclosed injury during training camp. With his ailment cleared up, the center was eligible to be sent down to the minors where he will likely spend the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign.
Ryan Strome C/RW EDM 48 minutes ago
Strome scored his first goal in an Oilers uniform and added an assist in Tuesday's loss to Carolina.
The Oilers suffered a fourth consecutive loss, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort from Strome, who was credited with six shots on goal. The 24-year-old is locked into a top-six role and skating on the first power-play unit with Connor McDavid, where he registered his tally Tuesday. These were the first two points of his Oilers' career, but he's been firing plenty of pucks on net and you could tell he was due.There's potential for Strome to be a very impactful fantasy player in Edmonton, so if he sticks in the top-six and builds off this multi-point effort, the former 50-point-getter is worth monitoring.
Nicolas Kerdiles LW ANA 54 minutes ago
Kerdiles was sent down to AHL San Diego on Wednesday, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.
The move to demote Kerdiles could be as simple as a cap-related, paper-only transaction or it could mean the team is preparing to active Ondrej Kase (head) off injured reserve ahead of Friday's clash with Montreal. Even if the 23-year-old Kerdiles is actually being reassigned to the Gulls, he figures to be the top of the Ducks' short list for call-ups throughout the season.
DTDWayne Simmonds RW PHI 59 minutes ago
The Flyers will provide an update on Simmonds (lower body) this Thursday, Dan Gelston of The Associated Press reports.
The official team release will help us determine whether Simmonds will be fit to play in Thursday's home game against the Predators, but either way, it doesn't seem like he's dealing with a significant injury. GM Ron Hextall told reporters that the high-flying scoring winger left Tuesday's clash with the Panthers for precautionary reasons.
DTDNick Bonino C NSH 1 hour ago
Bonino remains day-to-day with what the team clarified as a lower-body injury, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
What isn't clear is whether Bonino's ailment is related to the broken leg that required offseason surgery. If the center is unable to suit up against Philadelphia on Thursday, it will be his second straight absence from the lineup. Frederick Gaudreau was called up from AHL Milwaukee to provide some additional depth and could get a shot at a fourth line role in Bonino's absence.
IRAndrej Sekera D EDM 1 hour ago
Sekera (knee) was back on the ice skating with a few of his teammates Wednesday, and he's said to have been moving well, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
While this is an encouraging development, Gregor reminds us that Sekera is only five months removed from surgery. The defenseman's original timeline for a return from his ACL tear was set at 6-to-9 months, but it does seem to us like he'll end up returning on the shorter side of that estimate -- the bigger test will be seeing how well he absorbs contact.
Patrik Nemeth D COL 1 hour ago
Nemeth (shoulder) will return to action versus St. Louis on Thursday.
Nemeth was forced to watch from the press box just once due to his shoulder ailment. When healthy, the blueliner is logging only 17:16 of ice time per game, which may be higher than any of his previous season averages, but remains low for a blueliner. Chris Bigras figures to be a healthy scratch as a result of Nemeth's reintroduction to the game-day lineup
OUTDanny DeKeyser D DET 1 hour ago
DeKeyser (ankle) resumed skating Wednesday, but he remains without a timetable for his return, NHL.com reports.
Tuesday's report from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press suggested that DeKeyser could miss up to two more weeks with his sprained ankle, but coach Jeff Blashill appears reluctant to offer a firm ETA on the Michigan native's return to game action. Between this injury and his going minus-1 without a point over three contests, it hasn't been an ideal start to the new season for DeKeyser. Look for Xavier Ouellet to continue filling in while he's out.
Jaccob Slavin D CAR 1 hour ago
Slavin had a phenomenal showing Tuesday against Edmonton, netting a highlight-reel goal, picking up an assist and blocking five shots in 27:34 of ice time.
Not only did Slavin shutdown superstar forward Connor McDavid all night, but he also showcased his offensive potential with his first two points of the season. The 23-year-old broke out for 34 points in 2016-17 and could quickly become one of the most dynamic fantasy blueliners in the game. The youngster established himself as arguably the Canes' best defensemen last season, leading the team in ice time and registering a plus-23 rating, so look for him to reach new heights this year. The smooth-skating rearguard is the real deal and it would be wise to take notice before other fellow fantasy goers snatch him up.