42 Minnesotans on Opening Day NHL Rosters

42 Minnesota born players are on NHL opening day rosters (including taxi squads). This number does not include players that were born outside the state but played youth or high school hockey in Minnesota. Jake Guentzel, Neal Pionk, and Mark Alt are some examples. The Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders have the most Minnesotans rostered with each team having four. A staggering 50% (21) of the Minnesotans in the NHL are defensemen. 


Arizona Coyotes 

Alex Goligoski Grand Rapids 
Jordan Gross* Maple Grove 
Tyler Pitlick Minneapolis RW 

Boston Bruins 

Karson Kuhlman # Esko RW 

# Kuhlman is on the COVID protocol list 

Buffalo Sabres 

Will Borgen* Moorhead 
Casey Mittlestadt* Eden Prairie RW 
Kyle Okposo St. Paul RW 

Carolina Hurricanes 

Jake Gardiner Minnetonka 
Brady Skjei Lakeville 

Colorado Avalanche 

Erik Johnson Bloomington 

Dallas Stars 

Jake Oettinger Lakeville 

Los Angeles Kings 

Mikey Anderson Fridley 
Blake Lizotte Lindstrom 

Minnesota Wild 

Nick Bjugstad Minneapolis 
Zach Parise Minneapolis LW 
Kyle Rau* Eden Prairie LW 
Alex Stalock South St. Paul 

Montreal Canadiens 

Charlie Lindgren* Lakeville 
Ryan Poehling* Lakeville LW 

Nashville Predators 

Jarred Tinordi Burnsville 
Cole Smith* Brainerd LW 

New Jersey Devils 

Matt Tennyson Minneapolis 

New York Islanders 

Kieffer Bellows* Edina LW 
Nick Leddy Eden Prairie 
Anders Lee Edina LW 
Brock Nelson Warroad 

New York Rangers 

Ryan Lindgren Burnsville 
K’Andre Miller St. Paul 

Ottawa Senators 

Derek Stepan Hastings 

Philadelphia Flyers 

Justin Braun Minneapolis 
Nate Prosser* Elk River 

St. Louis Blues 

Justin Faulk South St. Paul 
Austin Poganski St. Cloud RW 

Tampa Bay Lightning  

Ryan McDonagh St. Paul 

Toronto Maple Leafs 

Justin Holl Tonka Bay 
Travis Boyd* Hopkins 

Vancouver Canucks  

Brock Boeser Burnsville RW 
Nate Schmidt St. Cloud 

Washington Capitals 

Nick Jensen Rogers 

Winnipeg Jets 

Derek Forbort Duluth 
Dylan Samberg* Hermantown  
Blake Wheeler Plymouth RW 

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