The New Jersey Devils announced their next round of training camp cuts after Monday’s split-squad preseason games. As expected, the majority of the cuts were players featured in the tilt at the Barclays Arena and not in PEI.
Who got cut?
Assigned to Binghamton: Yaroslav Dyblenko, Josh Jacobs, Michael Kapla, Colton White, Brandon Baddock, Nathan Bastian, Brandon Gignac, Ryan Kujawinski, Blake Pietila, Kevin Rooney, Blake Speers, Mackenzie Blackwood
Nothing to see here, other than the fact that a few more players will join these after Wednesday. None of these players particularly stood out, as Speers fails to make the team out of camp to replicate his feat from last year. No knocks on anyone here in particular, there just isn’t enough room in a tight competition.
Reporting to Binghamton for AHL camp: Austin Cangelosi, Jan Mandat, Jacob MacDonald
Same thing here.
Waived (to be sent to Binghamton): Bracken Kearns, Ben Thomson, Scott Wedgewood
Most Devils fans are holding out hope that Wedgewood will clear waivers, because like Blackwood, he is merely the victim of a positional logjam at this time. He would be a nice little pickup for some team in need of the help, but fingers crossed. The rest are expendable.
Released from PTO: Tim Erixon
Not too impressive in camp, so no harm, no foul.
This means that despite injury and a disappointing camp so far, Michael McLeod remains. He is still being given every chance to make this team and if his injury is not too serious, he should see some game time against Washington. Jesper Bratt has done more than enough to stay, as have Joseph Blandisi, John Quenneville and Hayes after the game one penalty bonanza. Will Butcher, Dalton Prout, and Mirco Mueller will continue to jostle over the final defensive positions as well.
Of the remaining players, who would you like to see on the opening night roster? Let us know in the comments.