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61 NTDP Alums Make Opening Night Rosters

10/04/2017, 2:00pm EDT
By USAHockeyNTDP.com

Watch for these NTDP alumni in tonight’s NHL season openers


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With the NHL’s opening night tonight, below is the breakdown of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program’s alumni who are on each NHL team’s opening night roster.

Eleven alumni are making an opening night roster for the first time including: Christian Fishcer (2013-15), Clayton Keller (2014-16), Anders Bjork (2012-14), Charlie McAvoy (2013-15), John Hayden (2011-13), J.T. Compher (2011-13), Sonny Milano (2012-14), Will Butcher (2011-13), Stephen Santini (2011-13), Tage Thompson (2014-16) and Andrew Copp (2010-12). The NTDP has 61 alumni total on NHL rosters currently.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have the most NTDP alumni with six, followed by the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks with five.

NTDP alumni Ian Cole (2005-07), Phil Kessel (2003-05), Bryan Rust (2008-10) and Matt Hunwick (2001-03) will start their season with the Penguins tonight after its banner raising ceremony and face-off against Tage Thompson (2014-15) and the St. Louis Blues.

Auston Matthews (2013-15), James van Riemsdyk (2005-07), Connor Carrick (2010-12), and Ron Hainsey (1997-99) of the Toronto Maples Leafs will open its season against Andrew Copp (2010-12), Jacob Trouba (2010-12) and the rest of the Winnipeg Jets.

Matthew Tkachuk (2013-15) will be the lone alum when his Calgary Flames take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight and Kevin Leblanc (2011-13) will be the NTDP representative in San Jose’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.  

The remaining alumni will open their seasons later this week.

Last season 85 NTDP alums appeared in at least one NHL game.

Full NHL Opening Night Roster List

NAME NTDP Season(s) COLLEGE /JUNIOR TEAM NHL TEAM
Patrick Eaves 2000-02 Boston College Anaheim Ducks
Cam Fowler 2007-09 Windsor Spitfires(OHL) Anaheim Ducks
John Gibson 2009-11 Kitchener Rangers (OHL) Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Kesler 2000-02 Ohio State University Anaheim Ducks
Christian Fischer (*) 2013-15 Windsor Spitfires (OHL) Arizona Coyotes
Clayton Keller (*) 2014-16 Boston University Arizona Coyotes
Adam Clendening 2008-10 Boston University Arizona Coyotes
Anders Bjork (*) 2012-14 University of Notre Dame Boston Bruins
Austin Czarnik 2008-10 Miami University (OH) Boston Bruins
Matt Grzelcyk 2010-12 Boston University Boston Bruins
Charlie McAvoy (*) 2013-15 Boston University Boston Bruins
Frank Vatrano 2010-12 UMass-Amherst Boston Bruins
Jack Eichel 2012-14 Boston University Buffalo Sabres
Jake McCabe 2009-11 University of Wisconsin Buffalo Sabres
Matthew Tkachuk 2013-15 London Knights (OHL) Calgary Flames
Justin Faulk 2008-10 University of Minnesota-Duluth Carolina Hurricanes
Noah Hanifin 2013-14 Boston College Carolina Hurricanes
Ryan Hartman 2010-12 Plymouth Whalers (OHL) Chicago Blackhawks
John Hayden (*) 2011-13 Yale University Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane 2004-06 London Knights (OHL) Chicago Blackhawks
Connor Murphy 2009-11 Sarnia Sting (OHL) Chicago Blackhawks
Brandon Saad 2009-10 Saginaw Spitfires (OHL) Chicago Blackhawks
J.T. Compher (*) 2011-13 University of Michigan Colorado Avalanche
Erik Johnson 2004-06 University of Minnesota Colorado Avalanche
Matt Nieto 2008-10 Boston University Colorado Avalanche
Colin Wilson 2005-07 Boston University Colorado Avalanche
Nick Foligno 2003-04 Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Columbus Blue Jackets
Jack Johnson 2003-05 University of Michigan Columbus Blue Jackets
Seth Jones 2010-12 Portland Winterhawks(WHL) Columbus Blue Jackets
Sonny Milano (*) 2012-14 Plymouth Whalers(OHL) Columbus Blue Jackets
Jordan Schroeder (IR) 2006-08 University of Minnesota Columbus Blue Jackets
Zach Werenski 2013-14 University of Michigan Columbus Blue Jackets
Stephen Johns 2008-10 University of Notre Dame Dallas Stars
David Booth 2001-02 Michigan State University Detroit Red Wings
Jimmy Howard 2001-02 University of Maine Detroit Red Wings
Dylan Larkin 2012-14 University of Michigan Detroit Red Wings
Jack Campbell 2008-10 Windsor Spitfires/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) Los Angeles Kings
Derek Forbort 2009-10 University of North Dakota Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Suter 2001-03 University of Wisconsin Minnesota Wild
Jason Zucker 2008-10 University of Denver Minnesota Wild
Al Montoya 2001-02 University of Michigan Montreal Canadiens
Will Butcher (*) 2011-13 University of Denver New Jersey Devils
Jimmy Hayes 2006-08 Boston College New Jersey Devils
Kyle Palmieri 2007-09 University of Notre Dame New Jersey Devils
Stephen Santini (*) 2011-13 Boston College New Jersey Devils
J.T. Miller 2009-11 Plymouth Whalers (OHL) New York Rangers
Kevin Shattenkirk 2005-07 Boston University New York Rangers
Brady Skjei 2010-12 University of Minnesota New York Rangers
Ian Cole 2005-07 University of Notre Dame Pittsburgh Penguins
Matt Hunwick 2001-03 University of Michigan Pittsburgh Penguins
Phil Kessel 2003-05 University of Minnesota Pittsburgh Penguins
Bryan Rust 2008-10 University of Notre Dame Pittsburgh Penguins
Kevin Labanc 2011-13 Barrie Colts (OHL) San Jose Sharks
Tage Thompson (*) 2014-15 University of Connecticut St. Louis Blues
Connor Carrick 2010-12 Plymouth Whalers (OHL) Toronto Maple Leafs
Ron Hainsey 1997-99 University of Massachusetts- Lowell Toronto Maple Leafs
Auston Matthews 2013-15 Zurich (Switzerland) Toronto Maple Leafs
James vanRiemsdyk 2005-07 University of New Hampshire Toronto Maple Leafs
Jon Merrill 2008-10 University of Michigan Vegas Golden Knights
Andrew Copp (*) 2010-12 University of Michigan Winnipeg Jets
Jacob Trouba 2010-12 University of Michigan Winnipeg Jets
(*) Made Opening Night roster for the first time

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