Blackhawks set roster for preseason opener

Jonathan Toews is among those making the trip to Saskatchewan. (William DeShazer/Tribune photo)

The Chicago Blackhawks announced their roster for the team's first exhibition game Tuesday night against the Oilers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and it includes many of the prospects in training camp along with a sprinkling of veterans.

"We have a lot of young guys playing our first couple of games," coach Joel Quenneville said Monday. "We'll get a look at most of these guys. We have a young lineup (Tuesday). It will be nice to see these guys play in an NHL game."

Along with the youngsters, mainstays Jonathan Toews, Jamal Mayers, Viktor Stalberg, Steve Montador and other veterans also will make the trip.

One key matchup to watch will be the battle for backup goaltender between Ray Emery and Alexander Salak. The duo is scheduled to split time against Edmonton.

Here is the full roster for the Hawks' game against the Oilers:

FORWARDS: Kyle Beach; Phillip Danault; Jimmy Hayes; Marcus Kruger; Jamal Mayers; Mark McNeill; Rostislav Olesz; Brandon Saad; Ben Smith; Viktor Stalberg; David Toews; Jonathan Toews.

DEFENSEMAN: Brian Fahey; Joe Lavin; Nick Leddy; Sami Lepisto; Steve Montador; John Scott; Ryan Stanton.

GOALTENDERS: Ray Emery; Alexander Salak.

Meanwhile, the Hawks trimmed five players from the training camp roster by assigning forwards Mirko Hoefflin and Ludvig Rensfeldt, and goaltenders Macmillan Carruth, Johan Mattsson and Kent Simpson to their junior clubs. 

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