Phase 3 of the NHL’s plan to reopen the season with postseason play will begin on July 10th when teams will start their training camps. At that time, teams are allowed to bring 30 skaters to camp and unlimited goaltenders. Yep, goaltenders are being treated like salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden.
Other info: Teams will be permitted to bring 30 skaters plus an unlimited number of goaltenders to camp, and 28 skaters plus unlimited GT for tournament. Players on IR do not count against limit.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) June 20, 2020
Why so many goalies? Well, it’s because EBUG situations won’t be able to happen due to limited personnel; teams are only allowed 50 people in total, including players.
So who else will be added to the roster to make up the 28 skaters? Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal has some ideas.
Okay, let’s look at who we would have on an given night:
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Ondrej Kase
Nick Ritchie – Charlie Coyle – Anders Bjork
Joakim Nordstrom – Sean Kuraly – Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Jeremy Lauzon
I took the liberty to place players in the positions that they are mostly likely to play, not how they ended the season. One can argue exactly how far up or down the roster a certain player should be and where they should play; for instance, it’s not unlikley that Kuraly would play wing, allowing Par Lindholm to sub in at center with Nordstrom out.
So far, we have 22 skaters and 2 goalies which leaves room for 8 skaters for camp and 6 for official play.
Ryan suggests that forwards who could get the call-up as black aces could be Jack Studnicka, Karson Kuhlman, Trent Frederic, and Paul Carey. He also suggested Anton Blidh, who is still officially on the Boston roster. Zach Senyshyn is another name to ponder as an extra skater. Among defensemen, Steven Kampfer could be called up along with Jakub Zboril. The left shooting Zboril had a great season down in Providence and could be looking to make a splash if given a chance since he’s up for a new RFA contract at season’s end. The B’s have the ability to call Urho Vaakaneinen as an extra skater as well.
As for goalies, the B’s have only a few options. Dan Vladar was solid in net this season. Maxime Legacé is the other part of that tandem. Unfortunately, Kyle Keyser struugling with a concussion and it’s after-effects this season. Newly signed Jeremy Swayman is not eligible to play or skate this postseason.
Who do you think will be called up? Who do you want to see called up?