Eric Staal, Derek Stepan signed tryouts

The NHL preseason and training camps are getting closer by the day.

who look for opportunities via a professional tryout.

Professional tryouts, or PTOs as they are commonly referred to, are handed out

PTO may be handed out as a way to navigate the cap.

A professional tryout is exactly what it sounds like — a tryout for a player to make an NHL team.

As training camps approach, there are a number of players who have been signed to PTOs.

De Haan is a shot-blocking defenseman and would be a steady presence on the Hurricanes' third-pairing.