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14 former Rockets crack NHL opening night rosters, 5 on taxi squads

Marissa Baecker

With the NHL opening their shortened 2020-21 season tonight, teams were required to submit their final rosters—which features 14 Rockets across the league.

The NHL’s 56-game regular season will run from Jan. 13, 2021, and ending May 8.

Below is the list of Rockets on rosters by team:

Calgary Flames: Mikael Backlund, Dillon Dube

Chicago Blackhawks: Duncan Keith

Dallas Stars: Jamie Benn, Blake Comeau

Edmonton Oilers: Tyson Barrie, Leon Draisaitl

Montreal Canadiens: Shea Weber

Nashville Predators: Colton Sissons

New Jersey Devils: Damon Severson

Tampa Bay Lightning: Cal Foote

Vancouver Canucks: Alex Edler, Tyler Myers

Winnipeg Jets: Josh Morrissey

In addition to the 14 players, five former Rockets have been named to taxi squads.

NHL teams are able to have four to six players on taxi squads after they clear waivers, expanding the size of the team beyond the 23-man limit. Players on taxi squads can be put on the active roster as late as 5 p.m. ET on a game day, giving clubs a better chance to having four lines, three defensive pairings and two goaltenders even if rosters take a hit because of COVID-19 protocols.

Below is the list of Rockets on taxi squads by team:

New Jersey Devils: Nolan Foote, Nick Merkley

Philadelphia Flyers: Carsen Twarynski

Tampa Bay Lightning: Luke Schenn

Vegas Golden Knights: Gage Quinney

Twenty-seven Rockets originally attended NHL camps when they opened earlier this month.

Justin Kirkland (Calgary), Lassi Thomson (Ottawa), Rourke Chartier (Toronto) Kole Lind (Vancouver), Kaedan Korczak (Vegas) and Lucas Johansen (Washington) were re-assigned to the American Hockey League.

Devante Stephens was re-assigned to the ECHL and Michael Krutil (Chicago) was released.

 

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