Training camp cuts will start fast and furious over the next few weeks, and we’ll keep track of them right here:
- The Nashville Predators have sent Jacob Paquette, Vladislav Yeryomenko and Pavel Koltygin back to their respective CHL clubs, cutting their training camp roster down to 52 players. All three players are late round selections of the Predators that were in camp on amateur tryouts since they are still waiting on their entry-level contracts. Those will come down the line at some point (if at all) but for now each of the three will try to take the next step in their development in the junior ranks.
- The Ottawa Senators have similarly reduced their training camp roster to 56 by sending Kevin Mandolese and Jordan Hollett to their respective CHL teams. Both prospects are goaltenders were attending the early part of camp but were never expected to earn a contract. The pair of sixth round picks will both need to improve their overall games in the junior ranks to really push for professional contracts down the line.
- Samuel Harvey is on his way back to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL, sent home from Montreal Canadiens training camp today. The young goaltender was an undrafted invitee, and will have to try to earn a contract after his overage season in junior. In 46 games last season, Harvey was among the best goaltenders in the CHL with a .930 save percentage and was named a QMJHL first team All-Star.
- Matthew Strome, Maksim Sushko, Wyatte Wylie and Liam Hughes have all been cut from the Philadelphia Flyers training camp roster. The first three are all mid-round draft picks from the last few years and had little chance of cracking the NHL lineup, and will instead return to the junior circuit to take the next step in their development. Strome is obviously the standout given his famous (or perhaps infamous) family name, but will be tasked with improving his skating before ever really pushing for an NHL job. He has had great success in the OHL for the Hamilton Bulldogs the last two seasons though, and could be a difference maker once again in the OHL.
- The Minnesota Wild have cut six players from their training camp roster, reducing it to 55 for the time being. Damien Giroux and Jacob Golden have been assigned to their junior clubs, while Mitch McLain, Darian Pilon, Drake Pilon and Tate Olson have all been released from their amateur tryouts. None of these players were expected to challenge for roles with the Minnesota this season, though Olson will now report to Iowa Wild training camp.
- The Vancouver Canucks announced that they have reduced their roster by ten players. The majority of these names were in camp on tryouts and will be reassigned to AHL camp with the Utica Comets: defensemen Brandon Anselmini, Ben Betker, Dylan Blujus, and Jaime Sifers and forwards Vincent Arseneau, Reid Gardiner, Tanner MacMaster, and Brendan Woods. Prospect forward Michael Carcone will also move to Utica. Another invite, forward Garrett McFadden, has been released from his tryout.