Three more players have settled this offseason, as Andrew Hammond, Josh Brook, and Cole Schneider have agreed to professional tryouts according to CapFriendly. Hammond will be attending training camp with the Florida Panthers, Brook with the Calgary Flames, and Schneider with the Nashville Predators.
As the summer continues, more and more players will be taking tryout offers, as they try to land NHL contracts that have at least call-up eligibility. For a goaltender like Hammond, an NHL at some point seems likely since he saw 11 games this season and has a history at the level. In four games for the Montreal Canadiens, he registered a .920 save percentage, though that was dragged down considerably by the .860 he put up in seven appearances for the New Jersey Devils.
For his career, he actually holds a .916, thanks to that incredible run with the Ottawa Senators in 2014-15, when he posted a 20-1-2 record and .941 save percentage to carry the team into the playoffs.
Brook meanwhile is the only one of the three without any NHL experience, though he is just 23 years old and was a second-round pick of the Canadiens in 2017. Last season he split just 12 games between the AHL and ECHL, making it difficult to see how he’ll land an NHL deal even with a strong camp. That doesn’t mean it’s out of the question down the road but for this year, a minor league deal still seems more likely.
Schneider, who last saw NHL action during the 2016-17 season, is an excellent minor league player and has been for a long time. In 71 games with the Milwaukee Admirals last season he scored 30 goals and 60 points but hasn’t been on an NHL contract since 2019. Perhaps he’ll be able to negotiate one, though a call-up for the Predators seems unlikely at this point in his career.