The Nashville Predators have set their starting 23-man roster for the 2020-21 season, as well as their 6-man Taxi Squad.

The roster includes 13 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 2 goaltenders. Here’s who made the final roster:

Forwards

  • Ryan Johansen
  • Filip Forsberg
  • Viktor Arvidsson
  • Matt Duchene
  • Colton Sissons
  • Erik Haula
  • Luke Kunin
  • Nick Cousins
  • Mikael Granlund
  • Calle Jarnkrok
  • Brad Richardson
  • Rocco Grimaldi
  • Yakov Trenin

Defensemen

  • Roman Josi
  • Ryan Ellis
  • Mattias Ekholm
  • Dante Fabbro
  • Mark Borowiecki
  • Matt Benning
  • Jarred Tinordi
  • Luca Sbisa

Goaltenders

  • Pekka Rinne
  • Juuse Saros

And here’s the Taxi Squad:

  • Connor Ingram (Goalie)
  • Matthieu Olivier (Forward)
  • Alex Carrier (Defenseman)
  • Cole Smith (Forward)
  • Eeli Tolvanen (Forward)

The Taxi Squad is new for 2020-21 and provides team’s better access to players on their roster that are within their “bubble.” All members of the Taxi Squad can practice and travel with the full team and can be moved to the active roster at any point (note that if they are to be made active for an NHL game, the move must be made before 5 p.m. that day, unless it is a goaltender).

The Taxi Squad can have up to six players, but Hynes is electing to start out with five. Hynes has suggested he will use his Taxi Squad as a way to spread out the depth of the team, keeping room for guys who are still developing as well.

Also, technically Mikael Granlund and Luca Sbisa are “non-roster players” as they are still under going quarantining prior to joining the team. This means that they do not count against the 23-man roster limit currently, so technically the roster is at 21 prior to their arrival.

Which Preds didn’t make it?

Most of the players we would expect to make the roster did. The only surprise might be Philip Tomasino, who might have been designated for the Taxi Squad, but instead has been assigned to the AHL Chicago Wolves.

Yannick Weber, who was on a PTO (professional try-out) did not make it. Rem Pitlick, Michael McCarron, and Anthony Richard were among the last cuts as well.

Goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo will presumably head to Chicago to play for the AHL Chicago Wolves. The Predators announced a partnership with the Wolves and the Carolina Hurricanes to allow Nashville prospects to play for this season, since the Milwaukee Admirals canceled their season.

Final note: Mikael Granlund, who re-joined the Nashville Predators after testing free agency, will not be available to start the season due to quarantine/immigration. The same goes for Luca Sbisa. Look for both of these players to miss the first few games.

— Featured image via Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports —


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