NHL training camps are opening up across the league and with them come players on rosters both familiar and unfamiliar all vying for spots on the final 23-man roster.
Among these players vying for jobs with the big-club guys, young and old, on professional tryouts.
Here’s a rundown of each player in camp this year with a PTO.
Mark Fayne, defenceman, 31
Fayne signed a four-year, $14-million contract with the Oilers back in 2014 after spending his first four with New Jersey. Last season, the final one of that four-year deal, he played exclusively in the AHL, finishing his season with the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Marcel Noebels, left wing, 26
Drafted in 2011 at 118th overall by the Flyers, Noebels has never played a regular season game in the NHL, spending his last four seasons with Eisbären Berlin in his native Germany.
Lee Stempniak, right wing, 35
Should he make the team, this would be the journeyman winger’s second official stint with the Bruins.
Daniel Winnik, centre, 33
Winnik played 81 games with the Wild last season, tallying six goals and 23 points.
Viktor Svedberg, defenceman, 27
The big Swede has spent the past five seasons in the Blackhawks’ system, playing the vast majority of that time with AHL Rockford, including all of last season.
Michal Cajkovsky, defenceman, 26
Despite playing his junior hockey in the OHL with Kingston and Ottawa, Cajkovsky has never played an NHL game. He spent last season playing for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the KHL.
Brandon Davidson, defenceman, 27
Davidson spent parts of last season with the Canadiens, Oilers and Islanders, getting into 51 games across all three stops.
Detroit Red Wings
Jussi Jokinen, left wing/right wing, 35
If Jokinen makes the team, Detroit would be the veteran forward’s 10th NHL team.
Alex Chiasson, right wing, 27
Chiasson got into 61 regular-season games for the Stanley Cup champion Capitals last season.
Jason Garrison, defenceman, 33
Garrison was one of the Golden Knights’ picks in the 2017 expansion draft.
Scottie Upshall, left wing, 34
Upshall spent the last three seasons with the Blues, totalling 51 points in 206 games played with them.
Mark Letestu, centre/right wing, 33
Letestu played his last three seasons in Edmonton, but got traded midway through last season to the Blue Jackets, a team he had spent three and half seasons with before.
Los Angeles Kings
Emerson Etem, left wing/right wing, 26
After originally getting selected late in the first round of the 2010 draft, Etem found himself out of the NHL last season splitting time between the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners and HC Lugano in Switzerland.
Simon Despres, defenceman, 27
Despres played for the KHL’s HC Slovan Bratislava last season after a pro career that began in Pittsburgh and Anaheim.
New Jersey Devils
Drew Stafford, right wing/left wing, 32
Stafford played 59 games with the Devils last season, scoring eight goals and dishing out seven assists.
New York Islanders
Luca Sbisa, defenceman, 28
The former No. 19 overall pick of the 2008 draft was a Golden Knights expansion-draft pick, but only played 30 games with the club last season as he battled injury throughout the year.
Dennis Seidenberg, defenceman, 37
Seidenberg has already spent his last two seasons with the Islanders. He played just 28 games last season, and was a healthy scratch for a lot of those contests he missed.
Jack Skille, right wing, 31
The 2005 seventh-overall pick played hockey last season in the KHL with HC Dinamo Minsk.
Ben Betker, defenceman, 23
Betker played last season for the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, getting into 42 games.