The 2018-19 NHL season begins Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, when the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens drop the puck at 7 p.m., in Scotiabank Arena. With that, 70 Selects alums made their way onto teams’ opening-day NHL rosters this week for the beginning of the 102nd season.
When teams take the ice this week, 26 of the 31 NHL teams will do so with at least one Selects alum on their rosters. None will do so with more than the Colorado Avalanche, who will start the season with six former Selects players including captain Gabriel Landeskog, Mark Barberio, Gabriel Bourque, J.T. Compher, Patrik Nemeth and Matt Nieto. They are closely followed by the New Jersey Devils with five including one of their captains Kyle Palmieri, Joey Anderson, Jesper Bratt, Blake Coleman and Pavel Zacha.
On the heels of back-to-back 100-point seasons and consecutive Art Ross Trophies, former East Coast Selects-O forward Connor McDavid looks to become the first player since Jaromir Jagr in ‘99 to ‘01 to win the award as the league’s top point scorer for a third straight season. He begins his fourth season with the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday when the team travels to New Jersey.
Among some of the Selects rookies slated to play in their first NHL games this week, no debut has been more hyped than that of former Sweden Selects defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. After being selected first overall in the 2018 NHL Draft this summer, Dahlin is expected to be in the lineup Thursday night when the Buffalo Sabres take on the Boston Bruins.
With 70 Selects alums active on NHL teams’ 23-man rosters to begin the season, the 2018-19 slate is sure to be action-packed and filled with plenty of storylines surrounding our former players. For a complete list of Selects in NHL organizations, check out our Alumni Section HERE. Interested in learning more about our Selects Program and how you can get involved? Check it out HERE.