With some pre-season games in the books, the inevitable camp cuts were soon to follow. That happened today as the Canucks assigned six players to their junior clubs this morning, the full press release is as follows:
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have reduced their pre-season roster by six players.
The following players have been assigned to their junior clubs:
Matt Brassard Defence Oshawa Generals
Cole Candella Defence Hamilton Bulldogs
Michael DiPietro Goaltender Windsor Spitfires
Jonah Gadjovich Left Wing Owen Sound Attack
Kole Lind Right Wing Kelowna Rockets
Dylan Plouffe Defence Vancouver Giants
Plouffe was here on an ATO, and thus would’ve also been released.
None of these cuts are surprising, as the OHL and WHL seasons kick off this weekend. By making the cuts now, all of the aforementioned players can make it back in time to suit up for their junior clubs.
Michal DiPietro will assume the starters role for the Windsor Spitfires, while Kole Lind and Jonah Gadjovich will look to take that next step and force their way onto Team Canada’s WJHC rosters. Cole Candella took a step back last season for the Bulldogs, and with this being the last year that the Canucks have his rights, he is playing to earn an ELC. Matt Brassard returns to the Oshawa Generals and hopes to take on a larger role for them.
It’s worth mentioning that Kole Lind and the Kelowna Rockets will play the Vancouver Giants at the Langley Events Centre on November 18th and 24th, January 13th, and March 16th.
The Canucks will face the Calgary Flames tomorrow in pre-season action, before the team in China plays the L.A. Kings early Thursday morning.