Just a few days away from finishing the preseason with a trip to Switzerland the New Jersey Devils made more cuts to the training camp roster.
Defenceman, 2018 17th overall draft pick, Ty Smith has been sent back to spend the season with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs. Kevin Rooney and Brett Seney have been assigned to the Binghamton Devils.
These cuts whittle down the roster to 26 players, including four goalies (assuming new waiver pickup Jean-Sebastien Dea isn’t sent to Binghamton straight away due to needing to go through waivers again). Rooney and Seney got some significant ice time over the preseason and news of the pair being cut looks like great news for John Quenneville who finds himself amongst the 13 (or 14) forwards heading to Switzerland for the October 1st preseason finale against SC Bern and NHL roster set to be submitted by 5pm on October 2nd.
The 26-man roster now consists of:
FORWARDS: Brian Boyle, Jesper Bratt, Blake Coleman, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson, Stefan Noesen, Kyle Palmieri, John Quenneville, Drew Stafford, Miles Wood, Pavel Zacha and Travis Zajac. (14)
DEFENCEMAN: Will Butcher, Andy Greene, Eric Gryba, Ben Lovejoy, Mirco Mueller, Steven Santini, Damon Severson and Sami Vatanen. (8)
GOALIES: Mackenzie Blackwood, Keith Kinkaid, Eddie Lack and Cory Schneider. (4)
Three more cuts to be made. There’s still a decision to be made on who sits out on the back end, Drew Stafford looks to be the odd man out and with the other extra bodies likely being Blackwood and Schneider this should be the opening night roster that starts against the Edmonton Oilers on October 6th in Gothenborg.