Welcome to the 2020-21 NHL training camp buzz. Training camp is underway for all 31 teams and NHL.com has you covered with all the latest news.
David Pastrnak practiced on Tuesday for the first time since the right wing had a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair Sept. 16.
Pastrnak was wearing a red, no-contact jersey. He will not be ready to start the season at the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
“The original prognosis was mid-February,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said last week. “So we feel he’s a little bit ahead of that. How much? We’ve still got a way to go.” — Amalie Benjamin
Carl Soderberg is in Chicago but will not join the Blackhawks for their season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.
“He’d just be wrapping up quarantine,” general manager Stan Bowman said of the forward, who signed a one-year contract in the offseason. “So, we’ll let him settle in here, serve his seven-day quarantine, and he’ll be ready to join the team when we come back from Florida.”
The Blackhawks begin the season with a four-game road trip, including two games against the Lightning followed by two against the Florida Panthers.
Chicago is hopeful that defenseman Brent Seabrook can begin skating soon.
Seabrook did not play during last postseason and was deemed unfit to play during training camp.
“Once he’s on the ice we’ll see how that feels,” Bowman said. “He’s a couple of weeks behind in game shape and conditioning, so it’ll take time for him to ramp it up. First step is to get him skating.” — Tracey Myers
Nolan Patrick said he’s ready to play for the first time in more than 21 months when the Flyers open the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, missed all of last season because of a migraine disorder and hasn’t played since April 2, 2019. The center scored a goal and played center on a line with James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek during a scrimmage Sunday.
“Made a couple mistakes out there, but my energy level felt good, thought our line created quite a few scoring chances,” Patrick said. “Lot of fun being back out there. … I feel really good and I’ll be ready for Wednesday.”
Patrick also said he was happy with the chemistry he generated with his linemates.
“I’ve played with both of them quite a bit,” he said. “Played with [Voracek] a lot. We read off each other, and they’re both very smart players. It’s easy to read off them. Thought we were making good plays tonight.”
Coach Alain Vigneault said Patrick got better as the scrimmage progressed.
“I thought he did a lot of the right things on the ice,” Vigneault said. “Thought that line had some chemistry and some good moments. For him and for our team, that’s a step in the right direction.” — Adam Kimelman
New Jersey Devils
Nico Hischier remains questionable to play in the season opener while waiting for an update from doctors on his injured foot.
“Nico is progressing well. He is working out and the (walking) boot is off,” general manager Tom Fitzgerald said Sunday. “I’m not really sure when his next (doctor’s) appointment is. It’s coming up here for more imaging to see how far along the healing process is going. Once he gets the green light, then it’s just a matter of how comfortable it is in the (hockey) boot.
“We have a great equipment staff, so they’re going to make that transition as easy as possible for Nico. So really just waiting to see when that next appointment is.”
New Jersey is scheduled to open the season against the Boston Bruins at home Thursday. Hischier has not practiced during training camp but has been participating in off-ice workouts.
Hischier said he was injured in December during an on-ice session in Switzerland. The center, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, scored 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 58 games last season and played in his first NHL All-Star Game. — Mike G. Morreale