- Chris Vendevelde has been impressive at Edmonton Oiler training camp.
- TJ Oshie's approach to this season may be just what the St Louis Blues franchise needed.
- The Toews brothers comment briefly about their experience playing with one another.
- Once again, Brian Lee has a fight for playing time on his hands in Ottawa.
- The Portland Press Herald has a nice article on Brett Hextall adding to his family legacy.
- Toward the bottom of this Buffalo training camp notebook entry, Drew Stafford comments on the upcoming season.
- Jordan Schmaltz appears on this (very) preliminary 2012 NHL Draft ranking. Never mind the bit about him playing in Windsor-he'll be in Grand Forks next fall.
- The Western College Hockey Blog published their ballot for the WCHA preseaon poll. It's hard to believe DU's Jason Zucker isn't a first teamer, but then again, whose place would he take?
Mike Brophy writes in his column at sportsnet.ca that Matt Frattin is taking advantage of his chances:
Matt Frattin has taken advantage of every opportunity he has been given to make the Maple Leafs. A finalist for the Hobey Baker Award with the University of North Dakota last season when he scored 36 goals and 60 points in 44 games the 23-year-old right winger looked like a man playing with boys at the team's rookie camp in Oshawa last week. He stood out in the weekend scrimmages and was flying again in the first pre-season game against the Senators. Frattin's greatest attribute in Game 1 was his drive to the net.
Ryan Johnson welcomes the challenge of attending Detroit Red Wing training camp as a tryout attendee. Red Wing head coach Mike Babcock had a couple snippets about Johnson's performance thus far:
"I thought Huds, (Fabian) Brunnstrom and (Ryan) Johnson were a good line (previously), so I stayed with that. It had nothing to do with Patty, I just wanted to look at something else.''
"(Jan) Mursak was all over the puck, hounded hard. (Brendan) Smith was a good player today. Nyquist is a real good hockey player. Ryan Johnson and Brunnstrom have done a real nice job for themselves.''