NHL PTO tracker: Devante Smith-Pelly, Troy Brouwer among players signed to professional tryouts

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For hockey fans, September means the return of NHL action — even if the month's schedule is only filled with training camps and preseason exhibition games.

Every year, a number of league veterans who are without a home and could still offer some value sign professional tryout agreements allowing them to practice and play exhibition matches. Teams often sign players to PTOs to encourage competition between a veteran still trying to prove he belongs and younger prospects gunning to secure their first NHL job; many times it's just that — preseason competition.

Some players will eventually earn an NHL contract for their persistence, often as a depth addition to the roster — Lee Stempniak, skated with the Boston Bruins last year until February before the team signed him for the rest of the season. Alex Chiasson, who signed a new two-year deal on July 1 with Edmonton, was on a PTO last year before signing at the start of the regular season and had a career year.

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Current Flames defenseman Brandon Davidson started off with Chicago last season on a PTO and Drew Stafford, who originally had a PTO with the Devils before signing a one-year deal, signed a PTO with Minnesota for this season.

Below are all the players who have been announced or are reportedly attending teams' 2019 training camps on PTOs.

Boston Bruins

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Alex Petrovic

Defense

Edmonton Oilers

Calgary Flames

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Andrew MacDonald

Defense

Philadelphia Flyers

Devante Smith-Pelly

Forward

Washington Capitals

Tobias Rieder

Forward

Edmonton Oilers

Zac Rinaldo

Forward

Nashville Predators

Alexandre Grenier

Forward

Laval Rocket (AHL)

Eric Gryba

Defense

New Jersey Devils

Dallas Stars

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Stefan Noesen

Forward

New Jersey Devils

Scottie Upshall

Forward

Did not play last season

Corey Elkins

Forward

Grizzlys Wolfsburg (Germany)

Florida Panthers

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Lance Bouma

Forward

Geneve-Servette (Switzerland)

Troy Brouwer

Forward

Florida Panthers

Minnesota Wild

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Drew Stafford

Forward

New Jersey Devils

Olivier Archambault

Forward

Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

Gabe Gagne

Forward

Toronto Marlies (AHL)

Shawn O'Donnell

Forward

Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Brett Pollock

Forward

Stockton Heat (AHL)

Josh Atkinson

Defense

Allen Americans (ECHL)

Matt Register

Defense

Toledo Walleye (ECHL)

Keaton Thompson

Defense

San Diego Gulls (AHL)

New York Islanders

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Luca Sbisa

Defense

New York Islanders

New York Rangers

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Micheal Haley

Forward

San Jose Sharks

Joe Morrow

Forward

Winnipeg Jets

Connor Brickley

Forward

New York Rangers

Philadelphia Flyers

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Chris Stewart

Forward

Nottingham Panthers (England)

Toronto Maple Leafs

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Michal Neuvirth

Goalie

Philadelphia Flyers

Matt Read

Forward

Iowa Wild (AHL)

Vancouver Canucks

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Landon Ferraro

Forward

Iowa Wild (AHL)

Winnipeg Jets

Name

Position

2018-19 team

Emile Poirier

Forward

Manitoba Moose (AHL)

This post will be updated as more PTO signings are announced.

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