NHL players will start the season off with a bang.
The first of eight preseason games is Saturday, Aug. 27, when the Philadelphia Flyers play the New York Islanders at PPL Center.
The Flyers are hoping to get their first win of the preseason and become the first team in franchise history to reach the post-season since the 1991-92 Boston Bruins.
Here’s a look at 10 players that made the cut: Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins captain: Crosby scored the lone goal of the game in the Penguins’ 5-4 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 1.
The former NHL all-star scored his first career hat trick.
The Penguins are 3-1-1 on the road.
He finished with five points (1G, 3A) in 12 games this season.
Jonathan Drouin Jonathan Droms, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender: Drouis was the game’s lone goaltender in net for the Flyers.
He stopped 19 of 24 shots in his final start of the season on Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.
The 23-year-old has won five of his past six starts.
Antti Raanta Antti Tarasenko, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman: The Leafs were without star left wing Brendan Gallagher, who was sidelined for six games with a hip injury.
Raanta had four assists in three games with the Maple Leafs.
He has scored six goals and seven assists in 13 playoff games.
Matt Read Matt Read, Boston Bruins defenseman: Read had six points (2G, 2A) on Saturday.
The 18-year old was one of the NHL’s best defensive defensemen at the World Junior Championship.
The Bruins are 3 2-1 in the playoffs.
He scored his second goal of his career on Friday.
Connor Brown Connor Brown, Boston Celtics forward: The rookie forward scored two goals and one assist in two games with Boston this season, helping the Celtics advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in three years.
The 26-year -old scored five goals and added four assists as the Celtics won the 2016-17 Eastern Conference Finals.
The 22-year –old was the first player to score five goals in a single postseason in Boston since Kevin Garnett did so against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 1, 2009.
He also had a team-leading four game-winning goals this season in a four-game series against the San Antonio Spurs.
Ryan McDonagh Ryan McDONagh, Boston Red Sox pitcher: The 25-year‑old Red Sox veteran made his debut as a starter on Friday and tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings of relief.
McDonah has a 1.80 ERA in 23 starts this season for the Red Sox.
McDONAGH has a career record of 33-29 with a 2.28 ERA in 111 career starts.
He is the third pitcher in Red Sox history to record at least 300 strikeouts.
Tyler Myers Tyler Myers, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder: The 20-year‐old Myers had three hits and one RBI in the Jays’ 5–0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Myers had a career-high four hits and two RBI on Friday, but the Jays went a combined 11–6 in games decided by one run.
Adam Lind Adam Lind, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder: Lind had a season-high three hits on Friday as the Phillies went a collective 14–5 in games that ended in a run.
The 19-year–old outfielder led the Phillies with four doubles, a home run and eight RBIs.
Evan Longoria Evan Longoris, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder: Longoria, who has had a great start to the season, went 3–for-5 with a walk in two-thirds of an inning in the Pirates’ 4-3 win over San Francisco on Saturday night.
The 27-year—old slugger has nine home runs and 37 RBIs in 69 games this year.
Matt Adams Matt Adams, Toronto Marlies goaltender: Adams had a strong performance in the Marlies’ 5‐0 win over Montreal on Saturday afternoon.
The 30‐year‐olds lefty pitched a perfect sixth inning to give the Marlie the win.
The 33‐year-olds career record is 22‐18‐5.
He made 24 saves in the season finale on July 24, 2014.
Mark Scheifele Mark Scheiele, New York Rangers forward: Scheielle had two goals, two assists and one stolen base in the Rangers’ 4‐3 win at Detroit on Friday in the first game of a three-game homestand.
Scheiells is 13‐4-1 this season with a 1 .892 save percentage.
Ryan Callahan Ryan Callan, Chicago Blackhawks forward: Callan scored his third goal of 2017 in the Blackhawks’ 5th overtime victory over Minnesota on Saturday in front of his hometown fans at Soldier Field.
The 24‐year–older forward has a team‐high eight goals