Usual disclaimers apply: This isn’t a true depth chart; it more or less keeps guys where they finished, except for the first-rounders and non-AHL-eligibles. 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 9/20 (Strome), 44 NHL contracts for 2016-17 (6 G, 14 D, 24 F), including Barzal, Wotherspoon and Beauvillier, who don’t count if sent to junior before playing 10 NHL games.
LW — Josh Bailey, Eric Boulton, Jason Chimera, Andrew Ladd, Anders Lee, Alan Quine
C — Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Casey Cizikas, Mikhail Grabovski, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, John Tavares
RW — Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin, P.A. Parenteau, Shane Prince
D — Johnny Boychuk, Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey, Nick Leddy, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock, Parker Wotherspoon
G — J.F. Berube, Thomas Greiss, Jaroslav Halak
LW — Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston, Kellen Jones, Lukas Lofquist, Travis St. Denis
C — Ben Holmstrom (V), Josh Holmstrom, Joshua Ho-Sang, Connor Jones, Bracken Kearns (V), Tanner Fritz, Kyle Schempp, Carter Verhaeghe
RW —Aaron Berisha, Colin Markison, Andrew Rowe, Josh Winquist
D — Kyle Burroughs,
Matt Carkner (V) (retired), Patrick Cullity, Matt Finn, Jesse Graham, Luke Juha, Kane Lafranchise, Loic Leduc, Scott Mayfield, Ryan Obuchowski, Devon Toews
G — Christopher Gibson, Eamon McAdam, Stephon Williams
Wild cards — Kirill Petrov*? Barzal, Beauvillier and Wotherspoon are NHL or junior.
(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