Latest on Lars Eller, Linden Vey, Leon Draisaitl and Nikolaj Ehlers, plus updates on the Senators, Maple Leafs and Flames.
SPORTSNET: Eric Engels profiles Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller, including his ability as a shutdown center and his offseason routine.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: It’s time for the Senators draft class of 2011 (Mika Zibanejad, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Matt Puempel and Shane Prince) to step up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the four, Zibanejad made the most progress, netting career-highs in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46) last season. A 25-30 goal, 55-60 point performance in 2015-16 isn’t out of the question for him.
THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks center Linden Vey admits this season could be “do or die” for him, as he must establish himself with the club.
EDMONTON SUN: Given the Oilers depth at center for the coming season (Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Anton Lander and Mark Letestu), Leon Draisaitl could be playing on the wing.
TORONTO STAR: New Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello has yet to fully put his stamp on the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s hardly surprising, as he was only hired in late-July and the team hasn’t opened training camp yet. It will take some time until Lamoriello makes his presence felt.
WINNIPEG SUN: Nikolaj Ehlers tallied three assists to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers in their final game of the Young Stars tournament. The Jets finished with a 1-2 record.
CALGARY HERALD: Despite an overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the final game of the Young Stars tournament, Flames brass felt it was productive in their evaluations.