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Sens sign first-rounder Brady Tkachuk to ELC

2018 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators signed forward Brady Tkachuk to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 18-year-old native of St. Louis native selected fourth overall by Ottawa in the first round of last month’s NHL Entry Draft. Tkachuk led the Boston University Terriers with 23 assists in his freshman season and finished with a +15 rating, second best on the team. (Silver Seven Sens).

Speaking of ELCs, defenseman Noah Dobson signed his with the New York Islanders. Dobson was selected 12th overall by the Islanders in June after completing his second season with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan. (Lighthouse Hockey)

The New Jersey Devils signed RFA center Kevin Rooney to a new two-year deal. The contract is two-way in the first season and one-way in the second. Rooney appeared in one game with the Devils in 2017-18 and put up 34 points in 71 games for AHL Binghamton. (Pucks and Pitchforks)

We are now one month and one day away from the start of the NHL preseason. Rejoice!

2018 NHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15

Boston vs. Calgary, at Shenzhen, China (Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center), 2:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m.local)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16

Washington at Boston, 1 p.m.

NY Islanders vs. Philadelphia, at Uniondale, N.Y. (NYCB Live/Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum), 1 p.m.

Arizona at Vegas, 8 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 17

Nashville at Florida (split-squad doubleheader), 3:30 and 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

NY Islanders at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

NY Rangers at New Jersey (split squad), 7 p.m.

New Jersey (split squad) at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Calgary, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18

Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

Ottawa vs. Toronto, at Lucan, Ont. (Lucan Community Memorial Centre), 7:30 p.m.

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Vegas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles (split squad) at Arizona (split squad), 10 p.m.

Arizona (split squad) at Los Angeles (split squad), 10:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.

Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19

Boston vs. Calgary (split squad), at Beijing, China (Cadillac Arena), 7:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m. local)

Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Florida at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota vs. St. Louis, at Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena), 8 p.m.

Calgary (split squad) at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20

Montreal vs. Washington, at Quebec City, Que. (Centre Videotron), 7 p.m.

New Jersey at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Winnipeg at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Los Angeles (split squad) at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Vegas at Los Angeles (split squad), 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21

NY Islanders vs. Philadelphia, at Allentown, Pa. (PPL Center), 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Columbus at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

Columbus at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

NY Islanders vs. NY Rangers, at Bridgeport, Conn. (Webster Bank Arena), 7 p.m.

Nashville at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Dallas vs. Florida, at Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center), 8 p.m.

Vancouver at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Anaheim at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Vegas at San Jose, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23

St. Louis at Columbus, 3 p.m.

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 24

New Jersey at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, at Salt Lake City, Utah (Vivint Smart Home Arena), 9 p.m.

Winnipeg at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Colorado at Vegas, 10 p.m.

Arizona at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25

Buffalo vs. Columbus, at Clinton, N.Y. (Clinton Arena), 7 p.m.

Florida at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Carolina at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

San Jose at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26

Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.

NY Islanders at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27

NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Florida vs. Tampa Bay, at Orlando, Fla. (Amway Center), 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Ottawa at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Arizona at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Calgary at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Buffalo vs. NY Islanders, at Oshawa, Ont. (Tribute Communities Centre), 7 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Vegas, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Calgary at Edmonton, 3 p.m.

Philadelphia at Boston, 5 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Florida, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Arizona vs. Vancouver, at Kelowna, B.C. (Prospera Place), 10 p.m.

Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

Nashville at Carolina, 1:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Washington, 3 p.m.

Colorado at Dallas, 6 p.m.

San Jose at Vegas, 8 p.m.

MONDAY, OCT. 1

New Jersey vs. SC Bern, at Bern, Switzerland (PostFinance Arena), 1:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. local)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3

Edmonton vs. Kölner Haie, at Cologne, Germany (Lanxess Arena), 10 a.m. (4 p.m. local)