10 questions for the start of NHL training camps

1. How will the banged-up Flyers deal with their first Camp Tortorella?

The Philadelphia Flyers will get their first have a look at life underneath coach John Tortorella in training camp, and so they’re already shorthanded.

Sean Couturier is out week to week with an upper-body damage, protecting the 29-year-old middle out of the start of camp and probably for the start of the season too.

Couturier did not play after Dec. 28 final season and had again surgical procedure Feb. 11. He stated on Sept. 12 that he was feeling good and could be able to go for camp, however the Flyers up to date his standing Monday and stated he could be re-evaluated throughout training camp.

The Flyers had been 13-34-6 with out Couturier final season.

Defenseman Ryan Ellis can also be anticipated to start the season on long-term injured reserve. He performed 4 video games final season as a result of of a lower-body damage.

All of the damage information is occurring with Philadelphia’s first training camp underneath Tortorella set to get underway.

The new coach has been vocal about how he feels the Flyers’ tradition wants to alter, telling SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on Sept. 7 that he has “main issues about the (locker) room,” so it will likely be fascinating to what occurs by means of camp with out Couturier and Ellis.

Video: The crew on Flyers expectations underneath Tortorella

2. Who will probably be the Maple Leafs beginning goalie on opening night time?

Teams by no means need their greatest query mark coming into camp to be in objective, however that is precisely the case with the Maple Leafs, who’ve Ilya Samsonov and Matt Murray competing for the No. 1 job.

Toronto signed Samsonov as an unrestricted free agent from the Washington Capitals and bought Murray in a commerce with the Ottawa Senators. Jack Campbell, Toronto’s no. 1 goalie final season, left as an unrestricted free agent, signing a five-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Neither is a slam dunk for Toronto, however Samsonov and Murray, if wholesome, might be a stable tandem primarily based on their expertise and potential.

Samsonov is 25 and is seven years faraway from being a first-round choose (No. 15). He performed 44 video games final season, the most in his three NHL seasons, however he had his highest goals-against common (3.02) and lowest save proportion (.896).

Murray is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017), however his recreation dipped the previous two seasons with the Senators. He was 15-25-3 with a 3.23 GAA and .899 save proportion in 47 video games.

3. Will the Golden Knights uncover a No. 1 goalie?

Robin Lehner will miss the whole season as a result of of hip surgical procedure, leaving Logan Thompson, Adin Hill and Laurent Brossoit to compete to be the Vegas Golden Knights beginning goalie on opening night time Oct. 11 at the Los Angeles Kings.

Between the three, they’ve a mixed 166 NHL begins. Brossoit is the veteran with 86. Hill has 63 and Thompson has 17.

Thompson’s robust end final season, when he was 9-4-3 with a 2.75 GAA and .911 save proportion in 17 video games from March 10 by means of the finish of the season, may make him the favourite going into camp, nevertheless it’s a clear slate with new coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Golden Knights acquired Hill from the San Jose Sharks on Aug. 29 for a fourth-round choose in the 2024 NHL Draft. They obtained him so as to add to the depth at the place and to gasoline extra competitors for taking part in time with Thompson and Brossoit.

Video: Golden Knights offseason outlook

4. Who will probably be Colorado’s No. 2 middle?

Nazem Kadri had an NHL career-high 87 factors (28 objectives, 59 assists) as the Avalanche’s No. 2 middle final season. He had one other 15 factors (seven objectives, eight assists) in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff video games, serving to them win the Cup.

But Kadri’s influence was so robust that he priced himself out of Colorado.

The Avalanche did not have the wage cap area to maintain him and Kadri as an alternative left as an unrestricted free agent, signing a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Calgary Flames, creating an enormous gap in Colorado’s lineup.

The possible candidates to fill the spot are JT Compher, Alex Newhook, Ben Meyers and Evan Rodrigueshowever a wild card is Mikko Rantanenwho has performed primarily without any consideration wing however gained some expertise at middle final season when Kadri was injured in the playoffs.

5. Will Lambert make modifications to the Islanders’ identification?

Lane Lambert is in for Barry Trotz as the New York Islanders coach, employed May 16, however he is not new to the crew.

Lambert was the affiliate coach underneath Trotz for the previous 4 seasons. He additionally was an assistant underneath Trotz with the Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators since 2011.

Lambert’s teaching model and philosophy have little doubt been influenced by Trotz, however the 57-year-old additionally desires to carve his personal path, and he possible has some recent concepts and ideas that would assist the Islanders develop into a probably quicker and extra offensive crew .

The Islanders missed the playoffs final season, after they had been twenty third in objectives per recreation (2.79). They had been the solely crew in the NHL that didn’t have a participant with not less than 60 factors; Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal every had 59.

6. Who will probably be the Devils’ No. 1 goalie?

The New Jersey Devils have two goalies that they like and belief Vitek Vanecek and Mackenzie Blackwood, however they are not certain if both could be a No. 1 they will depend on.

They will not determine it out till the season begins and so they’re taking part in video games frequently, however training camp will assist decide who between Vanecek and Blackwood goes to get the first crack at being No. 1 on the depth chart.

The Devils acquired Vanecek in a commerce with the Capitals on July 8 and signed him to a three-year, $10.2 million contract 11 days later. He was 20-12-6 with a 2.67 GAA, .908 save proportion and 4 shutouts in 42 video games (39 begins) final season.

Blackwood was restricted by accidents final season and went 9-10-4 with a 3.39 GAA and .892 save proportion in 25 video games.

The Devils used an NHL-high seven goalies and missed the playoffs by 37 factors.

7. Will Gaudreau and Laine play on the similar line?

The plan going into the Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp is to see what form of chemistry forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Patrick Laine can develop, as a result of there is a good likelihood they are going to play on the similar line and the similar power-play unit.

Gaudreau signed a seven-year, $68.25 million contract with Columbus ($9.75 million common annual worth) on July 13 after ending final season with 115 factors (30 objectives, 85 assists) for Calgary.

Laine re-signed with the Blue Jackets (4 years, $8.7 million AAV) on July 22. He had 56 factors (26 objectives, 30 assists) in 56 video games for Columbus final season.

Gaudreau is predicted to be the left wing on the prime line and Laine the proper wing. Gaudreau is the playmaker on the energy play and Laine is the shooter.

Assuming they play on the similar line, the subsequent query is who’s the middle? The prime candidates are Boone Jenner, (*10*)Jack Roslovic and Cole Sillinger. Rookie Kent Johnson has an outdoor shot at the place too.

8. Who amongst the 2022 NHL Draft class will probably be in the lineup on opening night time?

It definitely appears that Juraj Slafkovsky, the No. 1 choose in the 2022 NHL Draft, must collapse in camp with the Montreal Canadiens to lose his roster spot. They’re going younger in a rebuild and Slafkovsky has an NHL-ready physique at 6-foot-3, 218 kilos.

External expectations will probably be excessive on the 18-year-old Slovakian ahead, however the Canadiens will attempt their finest to handle them internally as a result of Slafkovsky is one of the faces of their rebuild.

Slafkovsky can play with Laval in the American Hockey League if he does not make the Canadiens’ roster.

Shane Wright, the No. 4 choose to the Seattle Kraken, is a favourite to crack the lineup, probably as one of the prime three facilities together with Matty Beniers, the No. 2 picks in the 2021 NHL Draft, and Alex Wennberg if Yanni Gourde strikes to the wing.

Wright cannot go to the AHL as a result of he is 18 and was drafted out of the Canadian Hockey League. If he does not make the Kraken, he could be again in the Ontario Hockey League.

Defenseman Simon Nemec, No. 2 to the Devils, has an outdoor likelihood, however New Jersey is anticipating him to start the season with Utica of the AHL.

Logan Cooley, the No. 3 choose to the Arizona Coyotes, will play at the University of Minnesota this season. Similarly, Cutter Gauthier, the No. 5 choose to the Flyers, will play NCAA hockey at Boston College.

Video: NHL Tonight on Shane Wright and Juraj Slafkovsky

9. What gamers on PTOs will earn contracts?

Eric Staal will attempt to discover his method again into the NHL with the Florida Panthers, however first he has to earn a contract.

The 37-year-old ahead, a veteran of 1,293 NHL video games, is one of a number of gamers coming into training camp on skilled tryout contracts.

Staal didn’t play in the NHL final season. He represented Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and had 4 factors (one objective, three assists) in 5 video games. He performed 4 video games with Iowa of the American Hockey League as preparation for the Olympics.

He final performed in the NHL for the Canadiens in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, after they misplaced the best-of-7 collection to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 video games. Staal had eight factors (two objectives, six assists) in 21 playoff video games that season.

Jimmy Vesey is coming into training camp on a PTO with the New York Rangers, the similar crew that signed him to his first NHL contract earlier than the 2016-17 season. Vesey had 15 factors (eight objectives, seven assists) in 68 video games with the Devils final season.

Forwards Artem Anisimov (Flyers), Jake Virtanen (Oilers), Zach Aston-Reese (Maple Leafs), Derick Brassard (Senators), Alex Chiasson (Coyotes), Cody Eakin (Flames) and Sonny Milano (Flames), and defensemen Calvin de Haan (Carolina Hurricanes), Danny DeKeyser (Vancouver Canucks), Jason Demers (Oilers), Scott Harrington (Sharks) and Michael Stone (Flames) are additionally coming into their respective camps on a PTO.

10. Who goes to take Marchand’s place on the Bruins’ prime line?

Brad Marchand has begun skating however he is not anticipated again in the lineup for the Boston Bruins till late November or early December, leaving a gap at left wing on the prime line centered by Patrice Bergeron.

Pavel Zacha is the frontrunner to fill Marchand’s spot with Jake DeBrusk a risk to be on the proper wing. The Bruins acquired Zacha from the Devils for ahead Erik Haula on July 13 and signed him to a one-year, $3.25 million contract Aug. 10.

The 25-year-old had an NHL career-high 36 factors (15 objectives, 21 assists) in 70 video games final season.

The Bruins ought to then have a second line that options David Krejciwho returns to Boston after taking part in in the Czech Republic final season, in the center with David Pastrnak on his proper and Taylor Hall on the left.


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