There are only 5 days until the official opening of the 2022-23 National Hockey League regular season and that means that you're likely going to see a lot of players hitting the waiver wire over the course of the next several days as teams make their final roster decisions ahead of the regular season.
That means that there will be several players up for grabs but with each team having limited roster space and most teams having limited salary cap space, that doesn't necessarily mean that any of the players sent to waivers will be claimed. For example, just a few moments ago NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reported that every player placed on waivers on Saturday has cleared the process and will remain within their current organizational structure.
Following a big day of waivers on Saturday we have even more players up for grabs on Sunday with at least 10 NHLers being placed on waivers by their respective teams. Teams will have their pick of positions here as well with forwards, defensemen and even goalies available on Sunday's waiver wire.
Here are the 10 players waived on Sunday, in no particular order:
Malcolm Subban (BUF).
The first goalie on our list, Subban has bounced around from team to team in the NHL, never quite finding a consistent spot as a backup goaltender. The same can be said of the Buffalo Sabres who only used him during 4 NHL games last season. During that short time with the Sabres, Subban had a 4.85 goals against average and a .871 save percentage.
William Lagesson (CAR).
The 26 year old defenseman agreed to a two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes this summer after splitting the season between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. He appeared in a total of 33 games between the two teams, scoring no goals and recording 5 assists for 5 points on the season.
Oscar Dansk (CGY).
The 28 year old former second round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets is coming off a season with Moscow Spartak of the Kontinental Hockey League and is the second goalie on the list. Similar to Lagesson, Dansk agreed to a two-way contract earlier this summer, although in his case it was with the Calgary Flames. He recorded a 2.66 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in the KHL last season.
Greg McKegg (EDM).
McKegg also signed a two way deal earlier this summer, with the 30 year old veteran forward signing as an Edmonton Oiler. McKegg spent last season with the New York Rangers, appearing in 43 games and scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists for a total of 5 points in the regular season.
Dillon Heatherington (OTT).
The 27 year old defenseman signed a new deal with the Ottawa Senators earlier this summer after splitting time between the NHL Senators and the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League last season. At the NHL level he went without a point through 9 games in the regular season
Drake Caggiula (PIT).
After two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, the veteran forward agreed to sign a two way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his most recent campaign he appeared in 18 games, scoring 2 goals and 3 assists for a total of 5 points last season.
Alex Nylander (PIT).
The 24 year old forward spent all of last season in the American Hockey League, split between the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins). In total Nylander appeared in 67 AHL games, scording 22 goals and adding 20 assists for 42 points on the season.
Dustin Tokarski (PIT).
The third goalie on the list comes in the form of veteran backup Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski is coming off 29 appearances with the Buffalo Sabres last season, over which he had a 3.27 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. He signed a one year one-way deal with the Penguins back in July.
Kole Lind (SEA).
The 23 year old forward split time between the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL and the Seattle Kkaken last season, with Lind recording 2 goals and 6 assists for 8 points at the NHL level over 23 games.
Zach Fucale (WSH).
Last but not least we have goaltender Zach Fucale. Fucale remains with the Capitals following last season in which he split time between the Caps and their AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears. Fucale made just 4 appearances at the NHL level but performed well when called upon with a 1.75 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.