Unassigned veteran players can obtain a contract with an NHL team by sufficient influence in the training camp to have a professional trial contract (PTO). Training camps open on September 21 and the regular season begins on October 7.
The following notable players (listed alphabetically) will be in the NHL camp on the PTO:
Zack Aston RaceToronto Maple Leafs
The 28-year-old striker scored 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 69 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Anaheim Ducks last season. Traded with ducks for forward Ricard Raquel On March 21. Aston-Reese has 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists) in 230 regular season games with the Penguins and the Ducks, and four points (one goal, three assists) in 23 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Calvin de HanCarolina Hurricanes
The 31-year-old defender scored eight points (four goals and four assists) in 69 appearances for the Chicago Blackhawks last season. De Haan played with the Hurricanes in 2018-19. He has 119 points (19 goals, 100 assists) in 520 regular season games with the Blackhawks, Hurricanes and New York Islanders and five points (one goal, four assists) in 37 playoffs.
Danny de KeyserVancouver Canucks
The 32-year-old defender provided 11 assists in 59 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season. DeKeyser has 146 points (33 goals, 113 assists) in 547 regular season games with the Red Wings and 2 points (one goal, one assist) in 19 playoffs.
Cody AkinCalgary Flames
The 31-year-old scored 12 points (four goals and eight assists) in 69 appearances for the Buffalo Highlights last season. Eakin has 256 points (110 goals, 146 assists) in 701 regular season games with the Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, Winnipeg Jets and Sabers, and 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 50 playoff games.
Scott HarringtonSan Jose Sharks
The 29-year-old defender provided one assist in seven games for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. Harrington has 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) in 210 regular season games with the Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets, and four assists in 14 playoff games.
Thomas HickeyNew Jersey Devils
The 33-year-old defender had no points in two games with the Islanders last season and had 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 44 games for Bridgeport and Ontario of the NHL. Hickey has 117 points (22 goals, 95 assists) in 456 regular season games with the Islanders and six points (one goal, five assists) in 24 playoffs.
Tyler BetlakeSt. Louis Blues
The 30-year-old scored five points (one goal and four assists) in 39 games for the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens last season. Traded with Canadians with future potential Emil Heinemannfirst-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and fifth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft forward Tyler Toffoli On February 14th. Betlake has 89 points (48 goals, 41 assists) in 325 regular season games with the Edmonton Oilers, Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Arizona Coyotes, Flames and Canadans, and three points (two goals, one assist) in 22 playoffs.
Eric StahlFlorida Panthers
The 37-year-old striker earned five points (two goals, three assists) for Iowa, affiliated with the AHL’s Minnesota Wild, after signing the PTO on January 13, and four points (one goal, three assists) for Canada. Its leader in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Stahl last played in the National Hockey League in 2020-21, when he had 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 53 games with the Sabers and the Canadians. He has 1,034 points (441 goals, 593 assists) in 1,293 regular season games with the Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Wild Sabers, and Canadians, and 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists) in 83 playoff games. He helped the Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Michael StoneCalgary Flames
The 32-year-old defender scored six points (two goals and four assists) in 11 regular season games and five points (two goals and three assists) in nine playoff games last season. Stone has 134 points (35 goals, 99 assists) in 504 regular season games with the Wolves and Flames, and six points (three goals, three assists) in his 15 post-season games.