After 6 days of training camp and a number of intra-squad scrimages, the Hamilton Bulldogs have announced they’ve cut 14 of the 43 players they brought.
Those that have been sent away include:
Stephen Chaput, Oliver Fortier, Ian Schultz, Daulten Levielle, Spencer Bennett, Michel Ouellet, Brendan Ranford, Zack Torquato and Kyle Rank.
Joe Stejkal, Sebastian Owuya and Cody Wild
Scott Darling, Cody Reichard
Stejskal, Chaput, Fortier and Schultz will report to Wheeling in the ECHL, Levielle will report to San Francisco in the ECHL. The other nine are cut entirely from the organization.
Many thought Michel Ouellet would have managed to earn a spot, but being Michel Therrien’s former winger with the Pittsburgh Penguins and a mid-level AHL forward last year didn’t earn him a spot. He’s gone.
Chaput was a try out that at least impressed enough to be kept in the organization, even if its just the ECHL. Stejskal, Fortier and Schultz are victims of the lockout, their AHL jobs last year lost to the greater talent available to the 2nd best NA league this season.
With 14 down, 29 remain. 6 more players must be cut from the roster before this is done.
Delmas and Mayer seem to be in a battle for the last goalie spot. After them will be 3 skaters. 9 defenseman + Hagel who can play there remain, likely one of Kevin Gagne, Antione Boutet or Etienne Corbin are the final one to get the ax, possibly all three.
On forward, Berger, Farnham, MacAulay, Lefebvre and Avtsin need to earn themselves AHL jobs and/or places in the everyday top 12. Farnham and MacAulay are both tryout players who have done very well for themselves to get this far, while the others are the dregs of the existing forwards, fighting to keep themselves relevant.
Any cut players at this point fallers likely end up bolstering Wheeling’s lineup. The top 10 of Leblanc, Geoffrion, Blunden, Palushaj, Dumont, Gallagher, Bournival, Holland, Quailer and Nattinen seem secure.