Usual disclaimers apply: This isn’t a true depth chart; it more or less keeps guys where they finished. As things come into sharper focus, I may rearrange. Forward positions aren’t strict. There could (will probably) be swing on the margins and within positions.
*-Unsigned restricted free agent. Italics: AHL contract. Blue: added since July 1. As of 9/18 (Zidlicky), 51 NHL contracts for 2015-16 (5 G, 16 D, 30 F), including Barzal, Dal Colle and Ho-Sang, who don’t count if sent to junior before playing 10 NHL games (and with Ho-Sang there already, effectively 50).
LW — Josh Bailey, Taylor Beck, Michael Dal Colle,
Michael Grabner, Anders Lee, Matt Martin, Brock Nelson
C — Mathew Barzal, Casey Cizikas, Mikhail Grabovski, Frans Nielsen, Ryan Strome, John Tavares
RW — Steve Bernier, Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin, Kyle Okposo, Kirill Petrov
D — Johnny Boychuk, Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey, Nick Leddy, Brian Strait, Marek Zidlicky
G — Thomas Greiss, Jaroslav Halak
LW — Sebastian Collberg, Justin Florek, Andrew Rowe, Justin Vaive, Joe Whitney (V-320)
C — Jared Gomes, Ben Holmstrom (V), Josh Holmstrom, Bracken Kearns (V), Alan Quine, Jesse Root, Sebastien Sylvestre, Carter Verhaeghe, James Wright (V)
RW — Tyler Barnes, Mike Halmo, Ross Johnston, Louis Leblanc (V-320), Colin Markison
D — Bryce Aneloski, Kyle Burroughs, Matt Carkner (V), Kevin Czuczman, Matt Finn, Jesse Graham, Kane Lafranchise, Loic Leduc, C.J. Ludwig, Scott Mayfield, Tom Nilsson, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock
G — Christopher Gibson, Parker Milner, Kevin Poulin, Stephon Williams
JUNIOR: Joshua Ho-Sang
Wild cards — Maybe some draft picks or conceivably players under European contract.
(V)-AHL veteran (more than 260 games played NHL/AHL/IHL/Euro elite); only five permitted to dress per game. (V-320)-AHL veteran with not more than 320 games played; one permitted as an exemption if five other veterans are dressed