10 Questions to Start NHL Training Camps


1. How will the “explosive pilots” deal with the first “Tortorella” camp?

The Philadelphia Flyers will get their first look at life under coach John Tortorella at training camp, and they’re already reductive.

Sean Couturier He’s coming out week to week with an upper body injury, which puts the 29-year-old center off a camp start and likely to start the season as well.

Couturier did not play after December 28 last season and had back surgery on February 11. He said on September 12 he was feeling good and would be ready to go to camp, but Flairs updated his status on Monday and said he would. It is re-evaluated during bootcamp.

The Flyers were 13-34-6 without Couturier last season.

defenseman Ryan Ellis The season is also expected to start on the injured reserve for a long time. He played four games last season due to a lower body injury.

All the injury news is happening as Tortorella’s first training camp kicks off for Philadelphia.

The new coach has been vocal about feeling the need to change the Flyers culture, telling SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on September 7 that he has “big concerns about the (locker) room”, so it will be interesting what happens through a camp without Couturier and Ellis.

Video: Crew on expectations of pilots under Tortorella

2. Who will be the goalkeeper who will start the Maple Leafs on opening night?

Teams never want to be the biggest question mark entering camp in goal, but that is just the case with the Maple Leafs, who have Ilya Samsonov And the Matt Murray Competition for job #1.

Toronto signed Samsonoff as an unrestricted free agent from Washington Capitals and acquired Murray in a trade with the Ottawa Senators. Jack Campbell1 goalkeeper in Toronto last season, he departed as an unrestricted free agent, and signed a five-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Neither is a heavy blow for Toronto, but Samsonov and Murray, if healthy, could be a solid tandem based on their experience and capabilities.

Samsonov is 25 years old and seven years away from the first-round pick (No. 15). He played 44 games last season, the most in his three seasons in the National Hockey League, but scored his highest goals-to-average (3.02) and lowest blocking percentage (896).

Murray is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017), but his game has fallen in the past two seasons with the Senators. It was 15-25-3 with 3.23 GAA and .899 savings percentage in 47 games.

3. Will the Golden Knights spot the #1 goalkeeper?

Robin Liner He will miss the whole season due to hip surgery, leaving Logan ThompsonAnd the Aden Hill And the Laurent Prosuite To compete to be the Vegas Golden Knights guard starting on opening night on October 11th at the Los Angeles Kings.

Among the three, they have 166 NHL starters combined. Prosuite is a veteran with 86. Hill has 63 and Thompson has 17.

Thompson’s strong finish last season, when he was 9-4-3 with a 2.75 GAA and .911 savings percentage in 17 games from March 10 through the end of the season, might make him a favorite when going to camp, but it’s a clean slate. With new coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Golden Knights acquired Hill from the San Jose Sharks on August 29 for a fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. They made him add depth to the center and fuel more competition for playtime with Thompson and Prosuite.

Video: The future of Golden Knights Offseason

4. Who will be the second place in Colorado?

Nazim Qadri He earned 87 NHL points (28 goals, 59 assists) as the second-place finisher in the avalanche last season. He had 15 more points (seven goals, eight assists) in 16 Stanley Cup playoffs, helping them win the cup.

But the influence of my fate was so strong that he made himself out of Colorado.

Avalanche didn’t have room for a salary cap to keep him, instead, leaving Kadri as an unrestricted free agent, signing a seven-year, $49 million contract with Calgary Flames, leaving a huge hole in the Colorado squad.

Potential candidates to fill the place are JT ComfierAnd the Alex NewhawkAnd the Ben Myers And the Evan Rodriguezbut the wild card Miko Rantanenwho played mainly as a right winger but gained some experience in the position last season when Qadri was injured in the qualifiers.

5. Will Lambert make changes to the identity of the islanders?

Lyn Lambert is working with Barry Trotz as coach for the New York Islanders, he was hired on May 16, but he’s not new to the team.

Lambert has been the assistant coach under Trotz for the past four seasons. He has also been an associate under Trotz at the Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators since 2011.

Lambert’s coaching style and philosophy no doubt have influenced Trotz, but the 57-year-old also wants to carve out his own path and likely has some new ideas and concepts that could help the islanders become a potentially faster and more offensive team. . .

The Islanders missed the playoffs last season, when they were 23rd in every game (2.79). They were the only team in the NHL that did not have a player with at least 60 points; Brooke Nelson And the Matthew Barzal Each had 59.

6. Who will be the Demons’ goalkeeper No. 1?

The New Jersey Devils have two Guardians they love and trust Vitik Vanishek And the Mackenzie Blackwoodbut they aren’t sure if either of them can be #1 they can count on.

They won’t find out until the season starts and they play games regularly, but boot camp will help determine who between Vanecek and Blackwood will get the first rift to be #1 on the depth chart.

The Devils acquired Vanecek in a business deal with The Capitals on July 8 and signed him to a three-year, $10.2 million contract 11 days later. He was a 20-12-6 year old with a 2.67 GAA and .908 savings percentage and four times in 42 games (39 starts) last season.

Blackwood was limited by injuries last season and went 9-10-4 with a 3.39 GAA and 0.992 save percentage in 25 games.

The Devils used seven NHL goalkeepers and missed the playoffs by 37 points.

7. Will Goudreau and Lynn play on the same line?

The plan to go to Columbus Blue Jackets training camp is to find out what kind of chemistry they attack Johnny Goudreu And the Patrick Lin It can evolve, because there is a good chance of playing on the same line and the same power unit.

Gaudreau signed a seven-year, $68.25 million contract with Columbus ($9.75 million average annual value) on July 13 after finishing last season with 115 points (30 goals and 85 assists) for Calgary.

Lynn re-signed the Blue Jackets (four years, $8.7 million) on July 22. He had 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) in 56 games with Columbus last season.

Gaudreau is expected to be the left winger on the top line and Laine on the right. Gaudreau is the playmaker of the power game and Laine is the shooter.

Assuming they play on the same line, the next question is who is the center? The best candidates Bon JennerAnd the Jack Ruslovich And the Cole Selinger. non-veteran Kent Johnson He has an external shot in position as well.

8. Which 2022 NHL Draft class will be in the squad on opening night?

It certainly seems that Juraj Slavkovsky1 in the 2022 NHL draft, he will have to collapse into camp with the Montreal Canadiens to lose his place on the roster. They are small in rebuilding and Slafkovsky has a NHL ready body of 6ft 3ft 218lbs.

Expectations will be high on the 18-year-old Slovakian striker, but the Canadians will do their best to manage it internally as Slavkovsky is one of the faces of the rebuilding.

Slafkovsky could play for Laval in the American Hockey League if he was not on the Canadian list.

Shane WrightNo. 4 in the Seattle Kraken, is the favorite to break through to the lineup, perhaps as one of the top three alongside Matty PennersNo. 2 in the 2021 NHL Draft, and Alex Weinberg if Yanni Gord Moves to the wing.

Wright cannot go to the AHL because he is 18 years old and was drafted from the Canadian Hockey League. If he doesn’t make the Kraken, he’ll be back in the Ontario Hockey League.

defenseman Simon Nemec2 for the Devils, he has an outside chance, but New Jersey expects him to start the season with Utica of the AHL.

Logan Cooley3, selected for the Arizona Coyotes, will play at the University of Minnesota this season. similarly, Cutter Gaultier5 selected for pilots, will play NCAA hockey at Boston College.

Video: NHL Tonight on Shane Wright and Juraj Slafkovsky

9. Who are the players in the PTOs that will win the contracts?

Eric Stahl He will try to find his way back into the NHL with the Florida Panthers, but first he has to get a contract.

The 37-year-old striker, a 1,293 NHL veteran, is one of several players to enter training camp on professional trial contracts.

Stahl did not play in the National Hockey League last season. He represented Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and has four points (one goal, three assists) in five matches. He played four games with Iowa State of the American Hockey League in preparation for the Olympics.

He last played in the NHL for the Canadians in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, when they lost their best of 7 series to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. Staal scored eight points (two goals, six assists) in 21 playoffs that season.

Jimmy Vesi He enters PTO training camp with the New York Rangers, the same team he signed his first NHL contract before the 2016-2017 season. Vessi scored 15 points (eight goals and seven assists) in 68 games with the Devils last season.

attackers Artem Anisimov (Flyers), Jake Virtanen (lubricants), Zack Aston Race (maple leaf), Derek Brassard (senators), Alex Chiason (coyote), Cody Akin (flame) and Sony Milano (Fire) and the men of defense Calvin de Han (Carolina Hurricane), Danny Deciser (Vancouver Canucks), Jason Demers (lubricants), Scott Harrington (Sharks) and Michael Stone (Flames) They also enter their own camps on the PTO.

10. Who will take Marchand’s place in the front row for the Bruins?

Brad Marchand He started figure skating but isn’t expected to return to the Boston Bruins line-up until late November or early December, leaving a gaping left wing hole in his center line. Patrice Bergeron.

Pavel Zacha He is the most likely candidate to fill the Marchand position Jake Debrosk Possibility to be on the right wing. Bruins have taken Zacha from the Devils forward Eric Hola on July 13 and signed him to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million on August 10.

The 25-year-old scored a career high in the National Hockey League with 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 70 games last season.

Bruins should then have a second line to feature in it David Krigseywho returned to Boston after playing in the Czech Republic last season, is in the middle with David Pasternak to his right and Taylor Hall On the left.


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