The athlete is included in the list together with six other hockey players.
Monday was the last day when clubs could include hockey players in the opt-out list, because teams with line-ups must be clear by Tuesday at 17:00 US East Coast time or midnight in Latvia.
It has already been reported that after a facial injury on November 28, in the Stavanger “Oilers” team, he no longer went on the field, flying to the Ottawa “Senators” team.
Balcers took part in ten games for the Oilers team this season, with seven goals and eight assists. He was the team’s third most productive player, but the most productive players spent more than nine matches.
It has already been reported that the NHL team Ottawa Senators, after concluding a new one-year contract with the Latvian striker, hired him to the Stavanger “Oilers”, where the Latvian had already played before going to North America. Balcers would have joined the Norwegian club earlier, but this was delayed by talks with Ottawa Senators on a new deal.
Due to injury, Liepaja participated in only 15 games in the NHL last season, in which he scored one goal, scored twice and scored +/- -2. In the American Hockey League (AHL), the Latvian Beleville “Senators” had 16 goals, 20 assists and a positive +/- score of +20 in 33 matches.
Balcers made his NHL debut in the 2018/2019 season, when he scored five goals in 36 matches, scored nine times and scored a negative +/- score of -7. In the world’s strongest league, he has 51 games, six goals and 11 assists.
AHL Balcers, representing the Senators and Barracuda teams in San Jose, has scored 56 goals and 59 assists in 143 matches.
In the 2015 draft with the number 142, he chose “Sharks” in San Jose, but in his first season in North America, he played for the Western Hockey League (WHL) team “Blazers” in Kamloops, where he was recognized as the best debutant of the WHL Western Conference. In 2018, he was involved in an ambitious exchange deal, in which he came under the auspices of the Senators from the Sharks.
Balcers has represented the Latvian national team in the previous two world championships, in which he has scored five goals in 15 matches and scored with ten assists.
The new NHL season will start on January 13, with the teams playing 56 matches in the regular championship only within their divisions.
To limit team travel and not cross the Canadian border, units are divided into four divisions on a regional basis.
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