''If you look at what I've done, it hasn't been a whole lot,'' Eichel said. The player selected No. 2 in the 2015 draft behind Connor McDavid might be overstating his case given he produced at nearly a point-a-game pace last year despite missing 21 games with a sprained left ankle. The competitor in Eichel was miffed watching rookie Auston Matthews help the cross-border rival Toronto Maple Leafs vault ahead of Buffalo in the standings and clinch a playoff berth.
Bad news for Ty Ronning, good news for the Vancouver Giants. The New York Rangers re-assigned Ronning, a right winger, to the WHL’s Giants on Tuesday. Ronning is expected to hold down one of the team’s three over-age spots and play on the top line. He’s been Vancouver’s leading scorer the past two campaigns. He had 25 goals last season, 31 in 2015-16. Vancouver opens the WHL regular season on Friday, visiting the Victoria Royals. Their home opener is Saturday, with the Royals providing the opposition at the Langley Events Centre. Ronning, who turns 20 in October, was a seventh-round pick of the Rangers in 2016. They are yet to sign him to a contract. Teams are permitted to have just 50 players
Ryan Malone found a good way to get noticed in his come-back attempt with the Minnesota Wild. The 37-year-old forward, who has almost 650 NHL games on his resume, scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Wild to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in pre-season play Monday. "I've had some success in the past, so just come down and shoot it and hope it goes in," said Malone, who last played pro hockey in 2014-15 with the New York Rangers and then its American Hockey League club in Hartford.