NHL PTO tracker 2021-22: James Neal, Brian Boyle among players signed to professional tryouts

NHL PTO tracker 2021-22: James Neal, Brian Boyle among players signed to professional tryouts

As the calendar flips to the start of NHL training camp, a number of veteran guys are still waiting for a contract that will lock them up for the 2021-22 season. Instead of sitting at home and watching the latest episodes of “Ted Lasso,” a number of wily vets have signed professional tryout (PTO) agreements to find a suitor.

Several players — e.g., James Neal and Bobby Ryan — are expected to find NHL jobs for the season. Other guys are bubble depth signings to push youngsters to up their games in camps. They could still get a deal if they up their game too, as the PTO allows players to practice and play in exhibition matches.

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Players shifting from PTOs to deals happens. Alex Chiasson, who signed a PTO with the Canucks on Sept. 22, was on a PTO with the Oilers before signing a deal in 2018 with the club. He then posted a solid year before signing a two-year contract on July 1, 2019.

Below are all the players who have been announced or are reportedly attending teams’ 2021 training camps on PTOs:

This story will be updated.

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NHL players signed to PTOs in 2021-22

2021-22 NHL team Name Position 2020-21 NHL team(s)
Anaheim Ducks Tobias Rieder Forward Sabres
Arizona Coyotes Alex Galchenyuk Forward Senators/Canadiens
Colorado Avalanche Artem Anisimov Forward Senators
Detroit Red Wings Bobby Ryan Forward Red Wings
Edmonton Oilers Colton Sceviour Forward Penguins
Montreal Canadiens Cody Goloubef Defense Senators (AHL affiliate)
New Jersey Devils Frederik Gauthier Forward Coyotes
New Jersey Devils Mark Jankowski Forward Penguins
New Jersey Devils Jimmy Vesey Forward Maple Leafs/Canucks
New Jersey Devils Tyler Wotherspoon Defense
New York Islanders Erik Gustafsson Defense Canadiens/Flyers
Ottawa Senators Tyler Ennis Forward Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Bartowski Defense Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins Brian Boyle Forward
Seattle Kraken Scott Wilson Forward
St. Louis Blues Michael Frolik Forward Canadiens
St. Louis Blues James Neal Forward Oilers
Toronto Maple Leafs Nikita Gusev Forward Panthers
Toronto Maple Leafs Josh Ho-Sang Forward Islanders (AHL affiliate)
Vancouver Canucks Alex Chiasson Forward Oilers