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38 Minnesotans on NHL Opening Rosters

By Minnesota Hockey, 10/02/19, 11:30AM CDT


2019-20 NHL Season Opens with Many Minnesota Players on New Teams

The 2019-20 National Hockey League (NHL) season is officially underway! Taking the ice on opening night will be 34 players from Minnesota, as well as four more who made opening night rosters but will begin the season with an injury or suspension.

The players come from 29 communities in the State of Hockey, ranging from Hastings up to East Grand Forks, from St. Cloud to Virginia and every corner of the metro area. Nearly all of them (33) played high school hockey, and all but one participated in the CCM High Performance (formerly Select/Advanced) programs.

Minnesota Hockey wishes the best of luck to all of the great players that call Minnesota home!

Anaheim Ducks – None

Arizona Coyotes – Alex Goligoski (Grand Rapids) and Derek Stepan (Hastings)

Boston Bruins – David Backes (Spring Lake Park)

Buffalo Sabres – Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie) and Kyle Okposo (St. Paul)

Calgary Flames – None

Carolina Hurricanes – Jake Gardiner (Minnetonka)

Chicago Blackhawks – None

Colorado Avalanche – Erik Johnson (Bloomington)

Columbus Blue Jackets – None

Dallas Stars – None

Detroit Red Wings – None

Edmonton Oilers – Josh Archibald (Brainerd)

Florida Panthers – None

Los Angeles Kings – Blake Lizotte (Chisago Lakes) and Derek Forbort* (Duluth)

Minnesota Wild – Zach Parise (Bloomington Jefferson), Nick Seeler (Eden Prairie) and Alex Stalock (South St. Paul)

Montreal Canadiens – Mike Reilly (Chaska)

Nashville Predators – None

New Jersey Devils – None

New York Islanders – Nick Leddy (Eden Prairie), Anders Lee (Edina) and Brock Nelson (Warroad)

New York Rangers – Brady Skjei (Lakeville)

Ottawa Senators – None

Philadelphia Flyers – Justin Braun (White Bear Lake), Matt Niskanen (Virginia), Tyler Pitlick* (Lino Lakes) and Andy Welinski* (Duluth) 18

Pittsburgh Penguins – Nick Bjugstad (Blaine) and Jake Guenztel (Woodbury)

San Jose Sharks – Jonny Brodzinski (Blaine)

St. Louis Blues – Justin Faulk (South St. Paul)

Tampa Bay Lightning – Ryan McDonagh (Mounds View)

Toronto Maple Leafs – Justin Holl (Minnetonka)

Vancouver Canucks – Brock Boeser (Bursnville)

Vegas Golden Knights – Nate Schmidt (St. Cloud) and Jimmy Schuldt (Minnetonka)

Washington Capitals – Travis Boyd (Hopkins), Nick Jensen (Rogers), and TJ Oshie (Warroad)

Winnipeg Jets –Dustin Byfuglien^ (Roseau), Neal Pionk (Hermantown), Tucker Poolman (East Grand Forks), and Blake Wheeler (Wayzata)



^Team suspension

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