Unsigned veteran players can earn a contract with an NHL team by impressing enough in training camp on a professional tryout contract (PTO). Training camps open Wednesday, and the regular season begins Oct. 12.
The following notable players (listed alphabetically) will be in an NHL camp on a PTO with the listed team:
Matt Bartkowski, Pittsburgh Penguins
The 33-year-old defenseman did not have a point in one game with the Minnesota Wild last season. He has scored 48 points (eight goals, 40 assists) in 256 regular-season games with the Wild, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins and three points (one goal, two assists) in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Brian Boyle, Pittsburgh Penguins
The 36-year-old forward last played in the NHL with the Florida Panthers in 2019-20, scoring 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 39 games. He has scored 213 points (130 goals, 101 assists) in 805 regular-season games with the Panthers, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings and 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 118 playoff games.
Michael Frolik, St. Louis Blues
The 33-year-old forward did not score a point in eight games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. He scored 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 57 games with the Flames and Buffalo Sabres in 2019-20 and has scored 384 points (159 goals, 225 assists) in 858 regular-season games with the Canadiens, Sabres, Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks and Panthers. Frolik has scored 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 47 playoff games and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013.
Frederik Gauthier, New Jersey Devils
The 26-year-old forward did not score a point in two games with the Arizona Coyotes last season and scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in 18 games with Tucson of the American Hockey League. He has scored 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 170 regular-season games with the Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs and no points in eight playoff games.
Mark Jankowski, New Jersey Devils
The 27-year-old forward scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 45 games with the Penguins last season. He has scored 75 points (40 goals, 35 assists) in 253 regular-season games with the Penguins and Flames and no points in 10 playoff games.
James Neal, St. Louis Blues
The 34-year-old forward scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 29 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season and did not have a point in two playoff games. Neal has scored 555 points (294 goals, 261 assists) in 850 regular-season games with the Oilers, Flames, Vegas Golden Knights, Predators, Penguins and Dallas Stars, including at least 20 goals 10 times in his 13 NHL seasons. He has scored 58 points (33 goals, 25 assists) in 110 playoff games.
Colton Sceviour, Edmonton Oilers
The 32-year-old forward scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 46 games with the Penguins last season. He has scored 151 points (64 goals, 87 assists) in 500 regular-season games with the Penguins, Panthers and Stars and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 19 playoff games.
Jimmy Vesey, New Jersey Devils
The 28-year-old forward scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 50 games with the Maple Leafs and Canucks last season. He has scored 120 points (64 goals, 56 assists) in 354 regular-season games with the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Sabres and Rangers and five points (one goal, four assists) in 12 playoff games.
Tyler Wotherspoon, New Jersey Devils
The 28-year-old defenseman last played in the NHL with the Flames in 2016-17 scoring no points in four games. He had six assists in 24 games with Lehigh Valley of the AHL last season. Wotherspoon has five assists in 30 NHL games with the Flames and no points in six playoff games.