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NHL Opening Night Rosters

10/12/2016, 5:00pm CDT

A record 107 USHL alumni were named to NHL Opening Day Rosters ahead of the 2016-17 season.


The National Hockey League announced club rosters, as of 10 a.m. (EST) today. Some players who recently have agreed to terms with their respective clubs but whose contracts had not yet been approved by the league are not included. The United States Hockey League had 107 alumni listed on NHL rosters, an increase of 14 from last season’s opening-day rosters. The Los Angeles Kings led all NHL teams with nine USHL alumni on their opening roster. In total, seven NHL teams had five or more USHL alumni listed on their opening night roster: Los Angeles Kings (9), Detroit Red Wings (8), Boston Bruins (7), New Jersey Devils (6), Buffalo Sabres (5), Carolina Hurricanes (5) and Chicago Blackhawks (5). The 2016-17 regular season begins with four games tonight.


14 USHL teams had multiple players listed: Team USA (39), Des Moines Buccaneers (7), Sioux Falls Stampede (7), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (6), Indiana Ice (6), Omaha Lancers (6), Sioux City Musketeers (6), Chicago Steel (5), Green Bay Gamblers (5), Lincoln Stars (5), Waterloo Black Hawks (5), Youngstown Phantoms (3), Dubuque Fighting Saints (3) and Fargo Force (2). The Ohio Blue Jackets, Thunder Bay Flyers and Tri-City Storm each had one player listed.


USHL alumni Matthew Tkachuk (Team USA/Calgary Flames), Tyler Motte (Team USA/Chicago Blackhawks), Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers/Chicago Blackhawks), Zach Werenski (Team USA/Columbus Blue Jackets), Matt Benning (Dubuque Fighting Saints/Edmonton Oilers), Ivan Provorov (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/Philadelphia Flyers), Auston Matthews (Team USA/Toronto Maple Leafs) Zach Sanford (Waterloo Black Hawks/Washington Capitals) and Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms/Winnipeg Jets) could make their NHL debuts this week.



Name NHL Team USHL Team
Alec Martinez Los Angeles Kings Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Chris Wideman Ottawa Senators Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Ivan Provorov Philadelphia Flyers Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Justin Abdelkader Detroit Red Wings Cedar Rapids Roughriders
Teddy Purcell Los Angeles Kings Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Tommy Wingels San Jose Sharks Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Andrew Miller Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Steel
Christian Dvorak Arizona Coyotes Chicago Steel
Jaccob Slavin Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Steel
John Moore New Jersey Devils Chicago Steel
Tom Gilbert Los Angeles Kings Chicago Steel
Alex Chiasson Calgary Flames Des Moines Buccaneers
Drake Caggiula Edmonton Oilers Des Moines Buccaneers
Jeff Petry Montreal Canadiens Des Moines Buccaneers
Keith Kinkaid New Jersey Devils Des Moines Buccaneers
Kyle Okposo Buffalo Sabres Des Moines Buccaneers
Matt Read Philadelphia Flyers Des Moines Buccaneers
Matt Benning Edmonton Oilers Dubuque Fighting Saints
Trevor Lews Los Angeles Kings Des Moines Buccaneers
Michael Matheson Florida Panthers Dubuque Fighting Saints
Zemgus Girgensons Buffalo Sabres Dubuque Fighting Saints
Christian Folin Minnesota Wild Fargo Force
Nate Schmidt Washington Capitals Fargo Force
Anders Lee New York Islanders Green Bay Gamblers
Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets Green Bay Gamblers
Justin Braun San Jose Sharks Green Bay Gamblers
Matt Greene Los Angeles Kings Green Bay Gamblers
Nick Schmaltz Chicago Blackhawks Green Bay Gamblers
Anthony Bitetto Nashville Predators Indiana Ice
Brian Ferlin Boston Bruins Indiana Ice
John Carlson Washington Capitals Indiana Ice
Nic Dowd Los Angeles Kings Indiana Ice
Scott Darling Chicago Blackhawks Indiana Ice
Torey Krug Boston Bruins Indiana Ice
Chris VandeVelde Philadelphia Flyers Lincoln Stars
David Backes Boston Bruins Lincoln Stars
Jared Boll Anaheim Ducks Lincoln Stars
Jimmy Hayes Boston Bruins Lincoln Stars
Ryan Dzingel Ottawa Senators Lincoln Stars
Greg Pateryn Montreal Canadiens Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets
Erik Haula Minnesota Wild Omaha Lancers
Martin Hanzal Arizona Coyotes Omaha Lancers
Matt Carle Nashville Predators Omaha Lancers
Patrick Wiercioch Colorado Avalanche Omaha Lancers
Paul Stastny St. Louis Blues Omaha Lancers
Drew Miller Detroit Red Wings Omaha Lancers
Danny DeKeyser Detroit Red Wings Sioux City Musketeers
Jeff Zatkoff Los Angeles Kings Sioux City Musketeers
Max Pacioretty Montreal Canadiens Sioux City Musketeers
Sam Gagner Columbus Blue Jackets Sioux City Musketeers
Seth Helgeson New Jersey Devils Sioux City Musketeers
Steven Kampfer Florida Panthers Sioux City Musketeers
Alex Goligoski Arizona Coyotes Sioux Fall Stampede
Jamie Oleksiak Dallas Stars Sioux Fall Stampede
Joe Vitale Detroit Red Wings Sioux Fall Stampede
Thomas Vanek Detroit Red Wings Sioux Fall Stampede
Nate Prosser Minnesota Wild Sioux Falls Stampede
T.J. Oshie Washington Capitals Sioux Falls Stampede
Zach Redmond Montreal Canadiens Sioux Falls Stampede
Adam Clendening New York Rangers Team USA
Austin Czarnik Boston Bruins Team USA
Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs Team USA
Brady Skjei New York Rangers Team USA
Brandon Saad Columbus Blue Jackets Team USA
Bryan Rust Pittsburgh Penguins Team USA
Connor Carrick Toronto Maple Leafs Team USA
Connor Murphy Arizona Coyotes Team USA
Derek Forbort Los Angeles Kings Team USA
Dylan Larkin Detroit Red Wings Team USA
Frank Vatrano Boston Bruins Team USA
Hudson Fasching Buffalo Sabres Team USA
J.T. Miller New York Rangers Team USA
Jack Eichel Buffalo Sabres Team USA
Jake McCabe Buffalo Sabres Team USA
Jason Zucker Minnesota Wild Team USA
Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings Team USA
John Gibson Anaheim Ducks Team USA
John Michael-Liles Boston Bruins Team USA
Jon Merrill New Jersey Devils Team USA
Justin Faulk Carolina Hurricanes Team USA
Luke Opilka St. Louis Blues Team USA
Mark Stuart Winnipeg Jets Team USA
Matt Nieto San Jose Sharks Team USA
Matthew Tkachuk Calgary Flames Team USA
Nick Shore Los Angeles Kings Team USA
Nicolas Kerdiles Anaheim Ducks Team USA
Noah Hanifan Carolina Hurricanes Team USA
Patrick Eaves Dallas Stars Team USA
Reid Boucher New Jersey Devils Team USA
Ron Hainsey Carolina Hurricanes Team USA
Ryan Hartman Chicago Blackhawks Team USA
Ryan Kesler Anaheim Ducks Team USA
Seth Jones Columbus Blue Jackets Team USA
Stephen Johns Dallas Stars Team USA
Steven Santini New Jersey Devils Team USA
Thomas Di Pauli Pittsburgh Penguins Team USA
Tyler Motte Chicago Blackhawks Team USA
Zach Werenski Columbus Blue Jackets Team USA
Patrick Sharp Dallas Stars Thunder Bay Flyers
Jaden Schwartz St. Louis Blues Tri-City Storm
Craig Smith Nashville Predators Waterloo Black Hawks
J.T. Brown Tampa Bay Lightning Waterloo Black Hawks
Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks Waterloo Black Hawks
Zachary Sanford Washington Capitals Waterloo Black Hawks
Vinnie Hinostroza Chicago Blackhawks Waterloo Blackhawks
Andrej Sustr Tampa Bay Lightning Youngstown Phantoms
Daniel Renouf Detroit Red Wings Youngstown Phantoms
Kyle Connor Winnipeg Jets Youngstown Phantoms


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17.  30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts,  and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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