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 top 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) Result
Ducks Tobias Rieder Forward Sabres
Coyotes Alex Galchenyuk Forward Senators/Maple Leafs 1 year, $750,000
Avalanche Artem Anisimov Forward Senators Released
Red Wings Bobby Ryan Forward Red Wings
Oilers Colton Sceviour Forward Penguins
Canadiens Cody Goloubef Defense Senators (AHL affiliate) Released
Devils Frederik Gauthier Forward Coyotes 1 year, $800,000
Devils Mark Jankowski Forward Penguins Released
Devils Jimmy Vesey Forward Maple Leafs/Canucks
Devils Tyler Wotherspoon Defense
Islanders Erik Gustafsson Defense Canadiens/Flyers
Senators Tyler Ennis Forward Oilers 1 year, $900,000
Penguins Matt Bartowski Defense Wild Released
Penguins Brian Boyle Forward
Kraken Scott Wilson Forward Signed with Charlotte (AHL)
Blues Michael Frolik Forward Canadiens Released
St. Louis Blues James Neal Forward Oilers
Maple Leafs Nikita Gusev Forward Panthers Released
Maple Leafs Josh Ho-Sang Forward Islanders (AHL affiliate) 1-year deal with Marlies (AHL)
Canucks Alex Chiasson Forward Oilers


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