Canadian teams announce initial rosters, taxi squads for 2020-21 season

Ottawa Senators right wing Connor Brown (28) and Winnipeg Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey (44) battle for position during second period NHL action. (Fred Chartrand/CP)

The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames have finalized their initial rosters and taxi squads ahead of the 2020-21 NHL season, with their peers in the North Division expected to follow suit Tuesday.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is allowing each team to carry four-to-six players on a taxi squad to keep extra bodies available in the event of a last-minute positive COVID-19 test or separate injury. Players on the taxi squad will be able to practice and travel with the team while collecting the same salary they would have in the AHL.

The puck drops on the NHL season Wednesday with five games, headlined by the Maple Leafs hosting the Canadiens and the Oilers hosting the Canucks on Sportsnet.

Calgary Flames

Roster: Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau, Milan Lucic, Matthew Tkachuk, Joakim Nordstrom, Sean Monahan, Josh Leivo, Elias Lindholm, Dillon Dube, Dominik Simon, Andrew Mangiapane, Sam Bennett, Rasmus Andersson, Mark Giordano, Juuso Valimaki, Christopher Tanev, Noah Hanifin, Nikita Nesterov, Jacob Markstrom, David Rittich.
Taxi Squad: Connor Mackey, Derek Ryan, Zac Rinaldo, Buddy Robinson, Oliver Kylington, Louis Domingue.

Montreal Canadiens

Roster: Josh Anderson, Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin, Jake Evans, Brendan Gallagher, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar, Tyler Toffoli, Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson, Brett Kulak, Victor Mete, Jeff Petry, Alexander Romanov, Shea Weber, Carey Price and Jake Allen.
Taxi Squad: Cale Fleury, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren, Corey Perry, Ryan Poehling

Ottawa Senators

Roster: Marcus Hogberg, Matt Murray, Josh Brown, Thomas Chabot, Braydon Coburn, Erik Gudbranson, Mike Reilly, Christian Wolanin, Nikita Zaitsev, Artem Anisimov, Drake Batherson, Connor Brown, Evgenii Dadonov, Alex Galchenyuk, Josh Norris, Cedric Paquette, Nick Paul, Derek Stepan, Tim Stützle, Chris Tierney, Brady Tkachuk, Austin Watson, Colin White.
Taxi Squad: Joey Daccord, Jonathan Aspirot, Artem Zub, Filip Chlapik, Micheal Haley, Matthew Peca.

Vancouver Canucks

Roster: Jay Beagle, Brock Boeser, Loui Eriksson, Adam Gaudette, Nils Hoglander, Bo Horvat, Zack MacEwen, JT Miller, Tyler Motte, Tanner Pearson, Elias Pettersson, Antoine Roussel, Brandon Sutter, Jake Virtanen, Jordie Benn, Jalen Chatfield, Alex Edler, Travis Hamonic, Quinn Hughes, Olli Juolevi, Tyler Myers, Nate Schmidt, Thatcher Demko, Braden Holtby.
Taxi Squad: Justin Bailey, Guillaume Brisebois, Mikey DiPietro, Marc Michaelis, Brogan Rafferty, Jack Rathbone.

Winnipeg Jets

Roster: Laurent Brossoit, Connor Hellebuyck, Dylan DeMelo, Tucker Poolman, Neal Pionk, Sami Niku, Derek Forbort, Josh Morrissey, Nathan Beaulieu, Andrew Copp, Nate Thompson, Jansen Harkins, Adam Lowry, Mason Appleton, Paul Stastny, Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers, Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor, Kristian Vesalainen.
Taxi Squad: Mikhail Berdin, Dylan Samberg, Logan Stanley, David Gustafsson, Mathieu Perreault.

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