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Shawn Horcoff likely to remain on fourth line 09-01-2014
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Shawn Horcoff appears to be penciled in to play left wing on the fourth line this season.

Dallas Morning News
If the Stars want to shake up their lines at some point then he could end up skating with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Horcoff played with Hemsky in Edmonton, but a move to the second line would be a significant jump after averaged just 12:51 of ice time last season. He recorded just seven goals and 20 points in 77 games. Horcoff ended the year well with a team-leading six points in the playoffs. However, it's unlikely he'll chip in much offensively in 2014-15 while serving as a decent depth forward for the Stars.
GM expects Draisaitl to 'make a strong case' 09-01-2014
Leon Draisaitl C EDM
Leon Draisaitl is expected to help fill Edmonton's void at center and that could start as early as this season.

Edmonton Sun
The Oilers will find out how ready the third overall pick in the 2014 draft is at training camp. "In my mind, I feel he's going to make a strong case," GM Craig MacTavis said. "I've seen him play, he's going to make a strong case, I'll be shocked if he's not going to make a strong case."
Boudreau unsure how crease 'will shake out' 09-01-2014
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Frederik Andersen is penciled in as Anaheim's starting goalie entering training camp, but not even coach Bruce Boudreau knows how the team's crease situation will turn out yet.

NHL.com
"We think we've got two really good goalies and an experienced, veteran goalie," Boudreau said referring to Andersen, John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera. "I think we're OK there, I just don't know how it will shake out." Gibson has a shot at being the Ducks' starter as well, but with LaBarbera on the roster the young netminder could also begin the year in the minors to get playing time and continue his development.
Hitchcock on Ian Cole : 'It's his time' 09-01-2014
Ian Cole D STL
Ian Cole will be looking to prove that he can be a regular in the Blues' top-six defense group this season.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis already has firm pairings among their top four, but he has a shot at earning a spot. "This is a real opportunity for Ian," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's paid his dues. He spent time in the minors. He's spent time as the seventh defenseman. He's matured as a person and as a player. It's his time." Cole will have to wrestle the sixth position from Jordan Leopold and Chris Butler at training camp. He played 46 games last season, where he recorded 11 points, 68 blocks and a plus-15 rating. "There's an open spot, a regular shift. There's everything there waiting for him, just step up and grab it."
Jimmy Howard could face some competition soon 09-01-2014
Jimmy Howard G DET
Jimmy Howard still has five years remaining on his contract, but the 2014-15 campaign is viewed as an important one for him.

Detroit Free Press
First of all, he wants to be better after his statistics slipped last season. Howard posted an inconsistent mark of 21-19-11 to go with a .910 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average. Jonas Gustavsson showed last year that he could be relied on to fill in at times when he stole a few starts, but he shouldn't be viewed as that much of a threat. The Red Wings have been grooming Petr Mrazek in the minors and he could be the best option of the three very soon. He may see action with the big club again at some point this year and he'll likely have a full-time spot on Detroit in 2015-16.
Andrew Desjardins likely to serve on 4th line 09-01-2014
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Andrew Desjardins is projected to continue to serve as a fourth liner in 2014-15.

CSN Bay Area
Desjardins had three goals, 17 points, and 86 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The 28-year-old doesn't have much upside at this point and consequently isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues.
Schultz will enter 14-15 with lots to prove 09-01-2014
Justin Schultz D EDM
Justin Schultz acknowledged that he has plenty to prove after inking a one-year deal with Edmonton.

Edmonton Journal
Schultz has a ton of offensive upside, but he also needs to work on the defensive side of the game. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish feels it would be wrong to say that he's currently weak defensively though. He argues that Schultz is doing a good job in one-on-one situations. "I thought I made better decisions last year in terms of jumping up and being better defensively," Schultz said. "I have to do it more consistently." He had 11 goals, 33 points, and a minus-22 rating in 74 games in 2013-14.
Oilers don't making moves before preseason 09-01-2014
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With formerly restricted free agent Justin Schultz signed, the Edmonton Oilers aren't expected to make any more moves before the preseason.

Edmonton Sun
Of course, that doesn't mean that the Oilers' roster is finalized. There will be battles for spots during training camp and Edmonton's centers will be at the heart of that. There's an opening for Leon Draisaitl after he was taken with the third pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but the Oilers aren't making any promises and have other options if he doesn't impress during training camp.
Ryan Murray gets ready for sophomore campaign 09-01-2014
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Ryan Murray will be looking to build off of a solid rookie campaign in 2014-15.

Columbus Dispatch
Murray had four goals and 21 points in 66 games in 2013-14. His power-play ice time might be limited this season because of the continued presence of James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson and we consequently don't see him taking a huge step forward offensively in his sophomore campaign, but he's a nice guy to have in keeper leagues.