By: Lucas Pearson | Follow Me On Twitter @LucasPearson_
With the first puck drop of the 2021 NHL season just a few days away, rosters are beginning to be finalized, and players are beginning to hit waivers. We’ve seen roster moves from around the league today, and as per Fluto Shinzawa, those going through waivers for the Bruins are Anton Blidh, Paul Carey, Steven Kampfer, Greg McKegg, and Zach Senyshyn.
If one player jumps out at you, it is likely former first-round pick Zach Senyshyn. We’ve seen a few games of Senyshyn in the NHL, and he looked quite good, scoring a goal and two assists in six games but was unfortunately injured in his last game with the big club last year, and we have yet to see him in Boston again. I could certainly see Senyshyn getting claimed by a team looking to give the youngster a chance, but I hope he can stay with the organization.
The rest of the bunch are probably who you’d expect on the waiver wire around this time of the year. Anton Blidh could serve as a physical body that is still relatively young for a club looking to pick a player like that up, but I doubt we see him or the other veterans claimed. If they pass through waivers, look for the five to serve as organizational depth for the Bruins and potentially be put on the “taxi squad,” which is new to the NHL this season.
NHL teams can have four to six players on their taxi squad after they clear waivers. Those players are allowed to be put on the active roster by 5 pm on a game day to allow teams to dress a full lineup if need be. The taxi squad practices, travels, and gets tested with the team, so essentially it increases the active roster size from 23 to 29. Veterans like McKegg, Kampfer, and Carey will likely be utilized in that squad.
Here’s a bit more on the waiver process from PuckPedia.