Brayden Point makes Lightning roster
The Lightning set its final roster for Thursday's opener, and there are a few twists.
Forward prospect Brayden Point, 20, made the team, even with star Nikita Kucherov signing a three-year deal Tuesday. Point, entering his first pro season, has been impressive in training camp, with three preseason goals, with captain Steven Stamkos saying he deserves to be in the NHL.
"We felt like he's earned the right for us to give him a look right off the bat," GM Steve Yzerman said.
The Lightning also reassigned Erik Condra, Cory Conacher and Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse. All three cleared waivers at noon Tuesday. Yzerman said part of that decision was salary cap based. That means $950,000 of Condra's $1.25 million salary won't count against Tampa Bay's cap, as well as none of Conacher's $575,000. "Some very difficult decisions," Yzerman said.
The Lightning will carry 13 forwards, including wing Ryan Callahan, who won't start the season on long-term injured reserve after all. Yzerman said Callahan, recovering from June hip surgery, could return earlier than anticipated, though likely still not until November. He's been practicing but not cleared for contact.
Ryan Callahan is on this roster, but he's likely to open the season on long-term injured reserve, as he expects to return in mid-November. He's practiced but hasn't been cleared for contact since June hip surgery.
Forwards: Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Jonathan Drouin, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Valtteri Filppula, Vladislav Namestnikov, J.T. Brown, Cedric Paquette, Brian Boyle, Brayden Point, Callahan.
Defensemen: Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Andrej Sustr, Jason Garrison, Braydon Coburn, Nikita Nesterov, Slater Koekkoek.
Goalies: Ben Bishop, Andrei Vasilevskiy.