The National Hockey League announced the league’s 23-man rosters for the 2015-16 season for its 30 member teams. The United States Hockey League has 91 alumni listed on NHL rosters, an increase of 11 players from last season’s opening-day rosters. The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks lead all NHL teams with six USHL alumni on their opening rosters. 212 USHL alumni are currently signed to NHL contracts. The 2015-16 regular season begins tonight with four games.
Team USA leads all USHL teams with 21 former players on NHL rosters. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (8), Lincoln Stars (8), Sioux Falls Stampede (8), Des Moines Buccaneers (7), Green Bay Gamblers (6) and Omaha Lancers (6) round out the top of the USHL team list.
USHL alumni Adam Erne (Indiana Ice), Jack Eichel (Team USA), Noah Hanifin (Team USA), Dylan Larkin (Team USA),Derek Forbort (Team USA), and Matt O’Connor (Youngstown Phantoms) will potentially be dressing for their first NHL game.
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Tommy Wingels (Evanston) – San Jose Sharks
John Moore (Winnetka) – New Jersey Devils
Scott Darling (Lemont) – Chicago Blackhawks
Matt Lindblad (Winnetka) – New York Rangers
Stefan Matteau (Chicago) – New Jersey Devils