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Montreal Canadiens reveal 42-player training-camp roster

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Claude Julien will have several new players to try out in several spots.

NHL: JUL 20 Canadiens Training Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

To prepare for the 2020-21 NHL season, teams are allowed to bring a roster of 36 skaters and an unlimited number of goaltenders to training camp, which, for the 24 teams that made it to the post-season, begins on January 3.

By the end of camp (the season is slated to start on January 13), the number will need to be whittled down to the typical 23, compliant with the $81.5 million salary cap. However, all teams will also have a “taxi squad” with a minimum of four players and a maximum of six that travels with the team. Moving players to and from the taxi squad is the same as transferring to and from the AHL, with waivers and salaries following those familiar rules.

There are all of the players (42 in total) whom the Canadiens have invited to training camp:

Forwards (24)

Player Age Pos Waivers required
Player Age Pos Waivers required
Josh Anderson 26.7 RW Yes
Joel Armia 27.6 RW Yes
Brandon Baddock 25.8 LW Yes
Alex Belzile 29.3 C Yes
Joseph Blandisi 26.5 C Yes
Paul Byron 31.7 RW Yes
Phillip Danault 27.8 C Yes
Laurent Dauphin 25.8 C Yes
Jonathan Drouin 25.8 LW Yes
Jake Evans 24.6 C No
Michael Frolik 32.9 LW Yes
Brendan Gallagher 28.7 RW Yes
Jesperi Kotkaniemi 20.5 C No
Artturi Lehkonen 25.5 LW Yes
Jacob Lucchini 25.6 LW No
Kevin Lynch 29.7 C No
Corey Perry 35.6 RW Yes
Ryan Poehling 22.0 C No
Nick Suzuki 21.4 C No
Tomas Tatar 30.1 LW Yes
Joël Teasdale 21.8 LW No
Tyler Toffoli 28.7 RW Yes
Lukas Vejdemo 24.9 C No
Jordan Weal 28.7 C Yes

Defencemen (12)

Player Age Pos Waivers required
Player Age Pos Waivers required
Ben Chiarot 29.6 LD Yes
Joel Edmundson 27.5 LD Yes
Cale Fleury 22.1 RD No
Noah Juulsen 23.7 RD Yes
Brett Kulak 27.0 LD Yes
Otto Leskinen 23.9 LD No
Victor Mete 22.6 LD Yes
Gustav Olofsson 26.1 LD Yes
Xavier Ouellet 27.4 LD Yes
Jeff Petry 33.1 RD Yes
Alexander Romanov 21.0 LD No
Shea Weber 35.4 RD Yes

Goaltenders (6)

Player Age Pos Waivers required
Player Age Pos Waivers required
Jake Allen 30.4 G Yes
Vasili Demchenko 26.8 G No
Charlie Lindgren 27.0 G Yes
Michael McNiven 23.5 G No
Carey Price 33.4 G Yes
Cayden Primeau 21.4 G No

Seven players on NHL contracts, plus Rafaël Harvey-Pinard (AHL contract) were not invited, and most will wait until the AHL’s training camp begins in January to get their on-ice training under way. None of those players will require waivers. Only Kevin Lynch was invited to camp with an AHL contract.

Alexandre Alain
Josh Brook
Rafaël Harvey-Pinard
Cam Hillis
Arsen Khisamutdinov
Michael Pezzetta
Hayden Verbeek (on loan in Slovakia)
Jesse Ylönen (on loan in Finland)