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Players in NHL training camp on professional tryout

Smith-Pelly, Neuvirth, Brouwer among those looking to earn job

by Sean McCullen / Staff Writer

Unsigned veteran players can earn a contract with an NHL team by impressing enough in training camp and during the preseason on a professional tryout contract (PTO).

The following notable players (listed alphabetically) will be in an NHL camp on a PTO with the listed team:


Lance Bouma, F, Los Angeles Kings

Bouma was out of the NHL last season after playing 53 games for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017-18. He played three games for Geneve-Servette of the National League in Switzerland last season after he had nine points (three goals, six assists) for the Blackhawks in his only season with them. The 29-year-old forward, the No. 78 pick in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, has 76 points in 357 NHL games.


Connor Brickley, F, New York Rangers

Brickley had four points (one goal, three assists) in 14 games with the Rangers last season. Selected in the second round (No. 50) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers, the 27-year-old forward has 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 81 games with Florida and New York.


Troy Brouwer, F, Florida Panthers

Brouwer had 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 75 games for the Panthers after playing the previous two seasons with Calgary. The 34-year-old forward has 362 points (181 goals, 181 assists) in 838 games for the Panthers, Flames, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and Blackhawks. The No. 214 pick of the 2004 NHL Draft won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010.

Video: FLA@BOS: Matheson springs Brouwer for terrific SHG


Fredrik Claesson, D, Carolina Hurricanes

Claesson had six points (two goals, four assists) in 37 games with the Rangers last season after playing the previous three seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Selected by Ottawa in the fifth round (No. 126) of the 2011 NHL Draft, the 26-year-old defenseman has 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 150 games for the Rangers and Senators.

Claesson signed a one-year, two-way contact with the Hurricanes on Sept. 17.


Landon Ferraro, F, Vancouver Canucks

Ferraro has not played in the NHL since he scored one goal in two games for the Minnesota Wild in 2017-18. He played 50 games for Iowa in the American Hockey League that season and had 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists). The 28-year-old forward, selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (No. 32) of the 2009 NHL Draft, was limited to 12 games with Iowa last season because of injuries. He has seven goals and five assists in 77 games for the Wild, Boston Bruins and Red Wings.

Ferraro was released from his tryout contract Sept. 21.


Eric Gryba, D, Calgary Flames

Gryba did not have a point and was minus-1 in 10 games for the New Jersey Devils last season. He had seven points (two goals, five assists) and was minus-19 in 47 games for Binghamton in the AHL. Selected by Ottawa in the third round (No. 68) of the 2006 NHL Draft, the 31-year-old defenseman (6-foot-4, 222 pounds) has 43 points (seven goals, 36 assists) and is plus-15 in 289 games for the Devils, Edmonton Oilers and Senators.

Gryba was released from his tryout contract Sept. 19.

Micheal Haley, F, New York Rangers

Haley, who played nine games for New York in 2012-13, had six points (two goals, four assists) in 43 games for the San Jose Sharks and Panthers last season. He was claimed off waivers by the Sharks on Feb. 20 to return to San Jose, where he played from 2014-17. The undrafted 33-year-old forward has 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) and 637 penalty minutes in 248 games for the Sharks, Panthers, Rangers and New York Islanders.


Andrew MacDonald, D, Calgary Flames

MacDonald had the final season of his six-year contract bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers on June 16. The Flames signed the 33-year-old defenseman to a PTO on Aug. 22 after Juuso Valimaki, expected to be one of Calgary's top six defensemen, tore his ACL training earlier in the month. MacDonald, a sixth-round pick (No. 160) by the Islanders in the 2006 draft, has 161 points (28 goals, 133 assists) and is minus-11 in 586 games for New York and Philadelphia.


Joe Morrow, D, New York Rangers

Morrow had seven points (one goal, seven assists) and an even rating in 41 games for the Winnipeg Jets last season. Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (No. 23) of the 2011 draft, the 26-year-old defenseman has 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and is minus-12 in 162 games for the Jets, Montreal Canadiens and Bruins.


Michal Neuvirth, G, Toronto Maple Leafs

Neuvirth spent four injury-plagued seasons with the Flyers after playing for the Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and Islanders over his first seven NHL seasons. He was 1-4-1 with a 4.26 goals-against average and .859 save percentage last season. The 31-year-old goalie will compete with Michael Hutchinson during training camp to be Frederik Andersen's backup. Neuvirth, a second-round pick (No. 34) by Washington in the 2006 draft, is 105-93-26 with a 2.71 GAA and .910 save percentage in 257 NHL games (228 starts).


Stefan Noesen, F, Dallas Stars

Noesen, a native of Plano, Texas, had eight points (three goals, five assists) in 41 games for the Devils last season. Selected by the Senators in the first round (No. 21) of the 2011 draft, the 25-year-old forward has 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) in 159 games for the Devils and Anaheim Ducks. He had NHL career highs in goals (13), assists (14), points (27), rating (plus-12) and games (72) with the Devils in 2017-18.

Video: NJD@VAN: Noesen finishes feed from Tangradi


Alexander Petrovic, D, Boston Bruins

Petrovic played nine games for the Oilers after being acquired in a trade from the Panthers on Dec. 30, 2018, but was a healthy scratch the rest of the season after playing his final game Feb. 16. Selected by Florida in the second round (No. 36) of the 2010 draft, the 27-year-old defenseman has 50 points (five goals, 45 assists) and is minus-10 in 263 games with the Panthers and Oilers. The Bruins have not signed restricted free agent defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo.


Matt Read, F, Toronto Maple Leafs

Read scored one goal in 12 games for the Wild last season. The 33-year-old forward played the first 437 games of his NHL career for the Flyers from 2011-18 and had 187 points (87 goals, 100 assists) as an undrafted free agent. After playing most of the 2017-18 season for Lehigh Valley in the AHL, he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild on July 30, 2018; he had 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) in 61 games for Iowa in the AHL last season.


Tobias Rieder, F, Calgary Flames

Rieder had 11 assists in 67 games with the Oilers last season but did not score a goal after he had 12 in 78 games with the Kings and Arizona Coyotes in 2017-18. Selected by the Oilers in the fourth round (No. 114) of the 2011 draft, the 25-year-old forward has 128 points (55 goals, 73 assists) in 379 games for Edmonton, Los Angeles and Arizona.


Zac Rinaldo, F, Calgary Flames

Rinaldo had a goal and two assists in 23 games for the Nashville Predators last season. The 29-year-old forward has 719 penalty minutes and 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 351 games for the Predators, Coyotes, Bruins and Flyers, who selected him in the sixth round (No. 178) of the 2008 draft.


Luca Sbisa, D, New York Islanders

Sbisa played nine games for the Islanders last season after entering their training camp on a PTO. The 29-year-old defenseman has 103 points (18 goals, 85 assists) and is minus-19 in 504 games for the Islanders, Vegas Golden Knights, Canucks, Ducks and Flyers, who selected him in the first round (No. 19) of the 2008 draft.


Devante Smith-Pelly, F, Calgary Flames

Smith-Pelly had four goals and four assists in 54 games for the Capitals last season. He had 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 75 games in 2017-18 before he scored seven goals in 24 playoff games, including three in the Cup Final against Vegas to help Washington win the Cup for the first time in its history. The 27-year-old forward has 101 points (44 goals, 57 assists) in 395 games for the Capitals, Devils, Canadiens and Ducks, who selected him in the second round (No. 42) of the 2010 draft.

Video: CHI@WSH: Smith-Pelly buries feed from Boyd


Drew Stafford, F, Minnesota Wild

Stafford had 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 116 games for New Jersey the past two seasons. Selected by Buffalo in the first round (No. 13) of the 2004 NHL Draft, the 33-year-old forward has 428 points (196 goals, 232 assists) in 841 games for the Devils, Bruins, Jets and Sabres.

Video: ARI@NJD: Stafford goes five-hole on Kuemper


Chris Stewart, F, Philadelphia Flyers

Stewart, who has not played in the NHL since 2017-18 (seven games with Calgary), had 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 23 games for Nottingham of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom last season. He had two assists in one game for Hamilton in the four-team Allan Cup Hockey league in Ontario. The 31-year-old forward has 321 points (160 goals, 161 assists) in 652 games for the Flames, Wild, Ducks, Sabres, Blues and Avalanche, who selected him in the first round (No. 18) of the 2006 draft.


Scottie Upshall, F, Dallas Stars

Upshall, who turns 36 on Oct. 7, will be in an NHL training camp on a PTO for a third straight year. He earned a one-year contract from the Blues for 2017-18 and had 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 63 games but last season was released by the Oilers from his tryout before they headed to Europe for the 2018 NHL Global Series. Selected by the Predators in the first round (No. 6) of the 2002 NHL Draft, the forward has 285 points (138 goals, 147 assists) in 759 games with the Blues, Panthers, Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Flyers and Predators.

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