With training camps for all 31 NHL clubs now officially underway across North America, the Bruins announced their full training-camp roster for the 2021 season Sunday morning, with 36 skaters and five goalies set to hit the ice at Warrior Ice Arena over an abbreviated 10-day ramp-up to a new NHL season.
In total, Boston will have to trim this pool of players down to a 23-man roster ahead of its season opener on Jan. 14 — with an additional 4-6 players relegated to a “taxi squad” as part of the parameters put in place during this COVID-impacted campaign.
Here is the full training-camp roster for the Bruins’ 2021 training camp, sorted by position:
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Paul Carey, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Filipe, Trent Frederic, Cameron Hughes, Ondrej Kase, David Krejci, Karson Kuhlman, Sean Kuraly, Robert Lantosi, Par Lindholm, Brad Marchand, Greg McKegg, David Pastrnak, Nick Ritchie, Zach Senyshyn, Craig Smith, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, Chris Wagner
Defensemen: Jack Ahcan, Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Matt Grzelcyk, Steven Kampfer, Jeremy Lauzon, Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, John Moore, Urho Vaakanainen, Nick Wolff, Jakub Zboril
Goaltenders: Callum Booth, Jaroslav Halak, Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Swayman, Dan Vladar
Even though camp is officially underway, the Bruins will not take to the ice for full practice sessions until Monday at 10:30 a.m. Given the size of the roster, Boston plans on holding two separate practice sessions each day with different groups.
Here are a few takeaways from Sunday's announcement of Boston's roster...
No PTO's to start camp: While this roster is subject to change, it is interesting that Boston won't open camp with at least one veteran player on a professional tryout (PTO) contract. Given the need for some stability and depth on this D corps, one would think that the B's would at least bring in one of the many blueliners still out on the open market to at least compete for a spot — if not push players like Jakub Zboril, Jeremy Lauzon, Urho Vaakanainen Connor Clifton and other youngsters vying for a regular role on this 2021 roster. Boston had been linked to UFA left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton over the final weeks of the offseason, while other free agents such as Sami Vatanen have also not been scooped up by an NHL club.
Of course, Boston could still