Winnipeg getting closer to final roster; there are now 36 players in St. John's camp
The Winnipeg Jets trimmed their training camp roster by five more players Tuesday afternoon, sending four forwards to the American Hockey League's St. John's IceCaps and returning junior-aged defenceman Josh Morrissey, Winnipeg's 2013 first-round draft pick, to the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League
The four sent to St. John's include centre Eric O'Dell, the IceCaps' leading scorer last season, promising young centre Adam Lowry, winger Ivan Telegin and veteran Andrew Gordon, who must clear waivers before the assignment is official.
The move leaves 27 players on Winnipeg's training camp list. The Jets must get down to a 23-man roster before the NHL season starts Monday. It would appear they will need to cut one goalie, one or two defencemen, and one or two forwards before then.
Players who were with the IcCaps at the end of last season but remain in Winnipeg's camp include centre Patrice Cormier, defenceman Zach Redmond and goalie Eddie Pasquale.
Meanwhile, the IceCaps have 36 players in training camp, including 26 who are under some sort of contract (NHL or AHL). Final cuts for St. John's are expected at the conclusion of the Mary's Cup pre-season tournament Sunday. The IceCaps are facing the Syracuse Crunch in the tourney, which involves games at Mile One Centre in St. John's on Thursday night, the Clarenville Events Centre Saturday afternoon and Mile One on Sunday afternoon.
Here's a rundown of which players are where after Tuesday's moves.
The 36 players who have been assigned to the St. John's IceCaps as of Tuesday afternoon:
Notes: * - tryout; Andrew Gordon must clear waivers before he can officially report to St. John's
Adam Brown *, Michael Hutchinson, Jussi Olkinuora,
Zach Bell*, Ben Chiarot, Patrick Cullity, Travis Erhardt*, Kris Fredheim, Jordan Hill*, Brenden Kichton, Cody Lampl*, Julian Melchiori, Cody Sol, Will O’Neill
John Albert, Austen Brassard, Yann Cisse, Phillip-Michael Devos*, Andrew Gordon, Jason Jaffray, Patrick Kennedy*, Carl Klingberg, Adam Lowry, Maxime Legault, J.C. Lipon, Josh Lunden, Blair MacAulay*, Kyle MacKinnon, Kael Mouillierat, Zach O'Brien*, Eric O'Dell, Blair Riley, Jerome Samson, Ryan Schnell, Ivan Telegin, Mike Ullrich*
The 27 players remaining in the Winnipeg Jets camp as of Tuesday afternoon. (NHL teams must get down to a roster of 23 by Oct. 1):
Note: * - two-way contract
Al Montoya, Eddie Pasquale*, Ondrej Pavelec
Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, Grant Clitsome, Toby Enstrom, Adam Pardy, Paul Postma, Zach Redmond*, Mark Stuart, Jacob Trouba
Patrice Cormier*, Michael Frolik, Matt Halischuk*, Olli Jokinen, Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Anthony Peluso, Mark Scheifele*, Devin Setoguchi, Jim Slater, Eric Tangradi, Chris Thorburn, Blake Wheeler, James Wright