The final cuts have been made and the Montreal Canadiens are ready to play, as the team finalized its final roster to begin the 2020-21 season.
Voici vos Canadiens pour la saison 2020-2021.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 12, 2021
The final roster includes 12 forwards, seven defencemen, and two goaltenders. In addition, five players have been named to the taxi squad — a group of players kept in reserve due to the pandemic.
Here’s how the lines looked in practice today, according to John Lu of TSN:
#Habs training camp Day 10:
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Suzuki – Anderson
Armia – Kotkaniemi – Toffoli
Lehkonen – Evans – Byron
Frolik – Poehling – Perry
Chiarot – Weber
Edmundson – Petry
Kulak – Romanov
Mete – Fleury
— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) January 12, 2021
Forwards Michael Frolik, Corey Perry, Ryan Poehling, defenseman Cale Fleury and goaltender Charlie Lindgren will make up the Habs taxi squad to start the season, and were final cuts for the team.
Fifteen players were sent to the AHL’s Laval Rocket: Brandon Baddock, Alex Belzile, Joseph Blandisi, Laurent Dauphin, Vasili Demchenko, Otto Leskinen, Jacob Lucchini, Kevin Lynch, Michael McNiven, Gustav Olofsson, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Joel Teasdale, Lukas Vejdemo, and Jordan Weal.
The Canadiens open the season on Wednesday January 13 on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 pm ET on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.