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Canucks further reduce training camp roster with 8 cuts

Another day and another round of cuts for the Vancouver Canucks.

It was announced this morning that the organization has made 8 further training camp cuts.

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 eight players.

The following players have been assigned to the Utica Comets:

  • Guillaume Brisebois, Defenceman
  • Jonah Gadjovich, Left Wing
  • Lukas Jasek, Right Wing
  • Kole Lind, Right Wing
  • Zack MacEwen, Centre

The following players have been designated for assignment:

  • Richard Bachman, Goaltender
  • Tanner Kero, Centre

The following player has been released from his tryout contract and will attend the Utica Comets Training Camp:

  • Ivan Kulbakov, Goaltender

None of these cuts are surprising as all of them were eventually destined for Utica but could all be in consideration for call-ups at some point this season.

Richard Bachman and Tanner Kero are subject to waivers and thus would have to be placed and then clear to be assigned to Utica. While the other five players are still waiver exempt.

For players like Kole Lind and Jonah Gadjovich, it’s about getting adjusted to professional hockey this season and then working towards making an impact at that level before making the leap to the NHL. With the Comets training camp expected to start in the coming days, getting them down there for that is a good way to ensure they are best suited to hit the ground running when the AHL regular season begins.  Lukas Jasek, Guillaume Brisebois, and Zack MacEwen played in Utica last year (for varying lengths) and hope to take big steps this upcoming season.

All of these young players are expected to play a huge role for the Comets this season and rightfully have Canucks fans excited.

With these cuts done, the Canucks have 37 players remaining.


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  • apr

    Barring injuries and so forth, it appears that Chatfield and Sautner are ahead of Brisebois; and Palmu ahead of McEwen, Lind, and Gadjovich when the inevitable injuries come calling (Roussell and Erickson notwithstanding).

    • Chris the Curmudgeon

      I think Sautner is also subject to waivers and has a very slight chance of being claimed, so it’ll be interesting what they do with him but there might be an element of timing to not demoting him now. Chatfield is a more interesting situation, as he could have been sent down now but is probably going to draw into another preseason game instead. Good sign for the young man, even though he’s still obviously Utica-bound, because it likely means the coaches want another look. Same thing for Palmu too, though it shouldn’t be too surprising as he has plainly stood out much more than those other forwards so far. I think we knew that Gadjovich would take a little AHL seasoning, and McEwen is traveling the long road as a former junior overager trying to muscle his way to a bottom six role and will need to accept that there are still many AHL games in his future, but I have to say I was a little disappointed in Kole Lind. As a high 2nd rounder, I was expecting him to look a little closer than he did through the scrimmages and preseason so far, but based on a short sample size of his play, it’s plain to me that he isn’t quite ready and is probably destined to spend at least one full season in Utica.

      I’m still waiting to see what the team sees in Brisebois too. Nothing he has done since being drafted has given me any indication that he has a regular NHL job in his future. Obviously it’s worth keeping him moving in his development, but for the way management fawns over him you’d expect at least some glimpse of breakthrough ability to show up at some point.

  • Defenceman Factory

    What does being designated for assignment mean? Are they on waivers?

    Between Penticton and the preseason games I’ve seen enough of these players to agree this looks like the right move. I do like MacEwan’s game and he is ahead of the younger prospects cut today but getting that solid core set up and ready in Utica is important too.

    Why is PQW still allowed to post in the comments section? He insults other posters regularly and is clearly not using this forum for its intended purpose. I don’t believe CanucksArmy allows or even promotes this activity for page hits as some accuse but the regular readers of this site have repeatedly requested incessant trolling be dealt with.

    • Green Bastard

      Hopefully the connection made between PQW and LASKID will have them spend more time with each other, and generally have a sunnier outlook on life. Romance will do that.

    • LAKID

      I disagree, PQW seems to provide well informed and thoughtfull posts. I, for one enjoy to hear opinions that show the team for what it is and not bandwagon fans…….. On another note Benning should offer sheet Nylander to 7M x 8.

      • Defenceman Factory

        You should be a bit careful LAKID. You are sort of like a mime busker, only mildly annoying but easily ignored. Sometimes your absurdity is even a bit amusing. You really shouldn’t be aligning yourself with a multi account troll who has been banned on numerous occasions because he is unable to maintain an appropriate level of decorum

        • Green Bastard

          PQW uses a magical looking back crystal ball to tell people who his boi Jim SHOULD have drafted. I can’t remember who he said Jim should have drafted instead of Brock.

          • Freud

            Using a crystal ball to point to who Benning did draft? What’s lost is the fact Benning was actively trying to obtain Lucic that summer and we all know the pick that became Boeser was on the table. We should just be thankful Benning just got out dumbed by Lombardi on that deal…

            The ignorant can only point to Benning’s drafting as a means to justify their cheerleading. He’s a failure at everything else. So, yes, his drafting record should be up for debate.

          • Canuck4Life20

            More fiction from fraud. Along with his patented method of throwing it out there that anyone who disagrees with him is an ignorant cheerleader. You know what’s not up for debate in any way fraud? Your stupidity. It’s well established at this point.

  • Fred-65

    I’m not that surprised about Lind, since he left junior he’s shown zero, the good news in Palmu may have what we expected of Lind. This kid is serious about his career, short but solid. Never mistake short with small

    • Defenceman Factory

      This is exactly what should have been expected from Lind when he was drafted. He has a fairly high ceiling but he is a skinny kid and showed no physicality in his game at all in junior. His point rate in the WHL was the same as Linden Vey’s and Emerson Etem’s. Baertschi scored at a much higher rate. This is not to say he was necessarily a bad pick but most Kelowna Rocket fans expected he would take a couple years of further development and growth.

      • Defenceman Factory

        Palmu out weights Fleury’s playing weight at that age by at least 25 lbs. Fleury played at under 150 lbs regardless of what made up number they might have put on a roster.

  • Killer Marmot

    The current roster seems to be the players who have a reasonable chance of playing this season, either starting or as a call-up.

    It’s a pretty clear indication of the club’s intentions.