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Montreal Canadiens finalize 23-man roster

The Habs opening-night roster is ready to go for Wednesday.

NHL: OCT 01 Preseason - Canadiens at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With opening-night rosters due in to the league on Monday, the Montreal Canadiens have cut down to the maximum of 23 healthy players.

The move capped off a busy day for the Canadiens. Earlier in the day they announced that Cayden Primeau and Kaiden Guhle would be sent to the AHL and WHL respectively, and they claimed Adam Brooks off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Injuries have given opportunities to a few players, like Alex Belzile, who spent nearly a decade in the minor leagues before making his NHL debut a season ago and has a chance to play in the opening game on Wednesday night. Chris Wideman and Brett Kulak took advantage of playing time to solidify a spot on the roster. Sami Niku will start the season on the injured list.

Josh Brook and Joël Teasdale are still injured and therefore officially on the Canadiens injured reserve, however they will rehab their injuries with the Laval Rocket.

These are the 23 healthy players who will be named to the Canadiens’ season-opening roster.

Forwards (15)

  • Josh Anderson
  • Joel Armia
  • Alex Belzile
  • Adam Brooks
  • Cole Caufield
  • Jonathan Drouin
  • Christian Dvorak
  • Jake Evans
  • Brendan Gallagher
  • Artturi Lehkonen
  • Cédric Paquette
  • Mathieu Perreault
  • Ryan Poehling
  • Nick Suzuki
  • Tyler Toffoli

Injured: Paul Byron, Mike Hoffman, Joël Teasdale

Defencemen (6)

  • Ben Chiarot
  • Brett Kulak
  • Jeff Petry
  • Alexander Romanov
  • David Savard
  • Chris Wideman

Injured: Josh Brook, Joel Edmundson, Sami Niku, Mattias Norlinder, Shea Weber

Goaltenders (2)

  • Jake Allen
  • Samuel Montembeault

Injured/Ill: Carey Price

As soon as one of the injured/ill players is ready to return, someone will need to depart to make the roster compliant once more, though several of the players in question are expected to miss significant time.

Dominique Ducharme will be creating a 20-player lineup out of these 23 players for the first game of the season on Wednesday night on the road versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.