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 teamNamePosition2020-21 NHL team(s)Result
DucksTobias RiederForwardSabres
CoyotesAlex GalchenyukForwardSenators/Maple Leafs1 year, $750,000
AvalancheArtem AnisimovForwardSenatorsReleased
Red WingsBobby RyanForwardRed Wings
OilersColton SceviourForwardPenguins
CanadiensCody GoloubefDefenseSenators (AHL affiliate)Released
DevilsFrederik GauthierForwardCoyotes1 year, $800,000
DevilsMark JankowskiForwardPenguinsReleased
DevilsJimmy VeseyForwardMaple Leafs/Canucks
DevilsTyler WotherspoonDefense
IslandersErik GustafssonDefenseCanadiens/Flyers
SenatorsTyler EnnisForwardOilers1 year, $900,000
PenguinsMatt BartowskiDefenseWildReleased
PenguinsBrian BoyleForward
KrakenScott WilsonForwardSigned with Charlotte (AHL)
BluesMichael FrolikForwardCanadiensReleased
St. Louis BluesJames NealForwardOilers
Maple LeafsNikita GusevForwardPanthersReleased
Maple LeafsJosh Ho-SangForwardIslanders (AHL affiliate)1-year deal with Marlies (AHL)
CanucksAlex ChiassonForwardOilers

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