Top restricted free agents for 2020-21 season

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The NHL free agent signing period began at noon ET on Oct. 9. NHL.com takes a closer look at the top restricted free agents available who have not filed for arbitration (listed in alphabetical order).

Each can receive an offer sheet contract from another team. His team can match the contract or receive draft-pick compensation based on its value.

 

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Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders

The 23-year-old center scored 60 points (19 goals, 41 assists) in 68 games last season and 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 22 postseason games. Barzal, who won the Calder Trophy voted as NHL rookie of the year in 2017-18, has scored 207 points (59 goals, 148 assists) in 234 regular-season games and 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 30 playoff games. 

Video: Stu breaks down Mathew’s Barzal’s play style

Anthony Cirelli, Tampa Bay Lightning

The 23-year-old center had NHL career-highs in assists (28) and points (44) in 68 games and scored nine points (three goals, six assists) in 25 playoff games to help the Lightning win the Stanley Cup. He has scored 94 points (40 goals, 54 assists) in 168 regular-season games and 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 46 playoff games. 

Jake DeBrusk, Boston Bruins

The 23-year-old left wing scored 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games and four goals in 13 playoff games. DeBrusk has scored 120 points (62 goals, 58 assists) in 203 regular-season games and 23 points (14 goals, nine assists) in 49 playoff games.

Denis Gurianov, Dallas Stars

The 23-year-old forward scored 29 points (20 goals, nine assists) in 64 games and 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 27 postseason games. Gurianov has scored 22 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in 86 regular-season games. 

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Columbus Blue Jackets

The 22-year-old center scored 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 70 games and 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 10 playoff games. Dubois has scored 158 points (65 goals, 93 assists) in 234 regular-season games and 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 26 playoff games.

Roope Hintz, Dallas Stars

The 23-year-old left wing scored 33 points (19 goals, 14 assists) in 60 games and 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 13 playoff games. Hintz has scored 55 points (28 goals, 27 assists) in 118 regular-season games and 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 38 playoff games.

Video: Roope Hintz’s best plays of the postseason

Anthony Mantha, Detroit Red Wings

The 26-year-old right wing scored 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in 43 games. He’s scored 173 points (84 goals, 89 assists) in 260 regular-season games.

Dylan Strome, Chicago Blackhawks

The 23-year-old center scored 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) in 58 games and three points (two goals, one assist) in nine playoff games. Strome has scored 105 points (36 goals, 69 assists) in 164 regular-season games with the Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes. 

 

Defensemen

Vince Dunn, St. Louis Blues

The 23-year-old scored 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 71 games and had three assists in nine playoff games. Dunn has scored 82 points (26 goals, 56 assists) in 224 regular-season games and 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 29 playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with St. Louis in 2019.

Mikhail Sergachev, Tampa Bay Lightning

The 22-year-old scored 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 70 games for the Lightning and 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 25 playoff games en route to winning the Cup. Sergachev has scored 106 points (25 goals, 81 assists) in 228 regular-season games with the Lightning and Montreal Canadiens and 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 46 playoff games.

Video: DAL@TBL, Gm5: Sergachev takes lead with one-timer

 

Goalies

Mackenzie Blackwood, New Jersey Devils

The 23-year-old led NHL rookies in wins and was 22-14-8 with a 2.77 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and three shutouts in 47 games (43 starts). Blackwood is 32-24-8 with a 2.72 GAA, .916 save percentage and five shutouts in 70 games (64 starts).

Sam Montembeault, Florida Panthers

The 23-year-old was 5-5-1 with a 3.34 GAA and .890 save percentage in 14 games (nine starts) as a rookie. Montembeault is 9-8-3 with a 3.20 GAA and .892 save percentage in 25 games (19 starts).

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