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 8/8 (Gionta), 44 NHL contracts for 2017-18 (6 G, 15 D, 23 F), including at present no players who don’t count if sent to junior before playing 10 NHL games.
LW — Nikolay Kulemin, Andrew Ladd, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson
C — Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Casey Cizikas, Alan Quine, John Tavares
RW — Josh Bailey, Jason Chimera, Cal Clutterbuck, Jordan Eberle, Josh Ho-Sang, Shane Prince
D — Johnny Boychuk, Calvin de Haan, Thomas Hickey, Nick Leddy, Scott Mayfield, Adam Pelech, Dennis Seidenberg
G — Thomas Greiss, Jaroslav Halak
LW — Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston, Kellen Jones,
C — Connor Jones, Scott Eansor, Stephen Gionta (V), Jeff Kubiak, Matt Lane, Travis St. Denis, Kyle Schempp, John Stevens
RW — Steve Bernier (V), Tanner Fritz, Josh Holmstrom, Matt Gaudreau
D — Sebastian Aho, Kyle Burroughs, Mike Cornell, Pat Cullity, Seth Helgeson (V-320), Kane Lafranchise, Ryan Pulock, Mitch Vande Sompel, Devon Toews, Parker Wotherspoon
G — Christopher Gibson, Kristers Gudlevskis, Eamon McAdam
Wild cards — Linus Soderstrom (signed but reportedly staying in Sweden);
Sebastian Aho ( drafted, could sign signed 7/5)
(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