Hamilton came out of their pre-season series against Toronto empty-handed as they lost by two markers for the second time in a row against the Marlies.
Ryan Hamilton and Sam Carrick were the goal scorers for Toronto, with Hamilton’s only preseason goal coming Saturday courtesy of Stephan MacAuley assisted by Palushaj and Tinordi. Hamilton managed 29 shots whilst being shut off the score board and held Toronto to 24 shots on net, while going 0 for 8 against Toronto’s powerplay.
The next round of cuts from the Bulldog’s roster came after the game with Phillipe Lefebvre being sent to Wheeling and Bobby Farnham released from his try out contract.
28 players remain on the Bulldog’s current roster, which includes 20 with NHL/AHL contracts. Hard decisions are coming on whether to keep AHL veterans like Sortini and Boyce in the roster and dump a player with a supposed shot at the NHL down to the ECHL or to run with a young lineup with virtually no veteran support.
One factor for the Bulldogs will be that they face the prospect of losing 2-4 bodies to the main NHL team if the lockout ends. So there is a very good reason to stock up the ECHL franchise to be prepared for dropping the squad’s best talent mid-season.
Most likely though, a blood bath from the bottom of the lineup is coming, with the forwards that did not make the lineup of the final exhibition game being among the most likely cut:
meaning essentially Avtsin and Berger as Hagel likely remains. Stephen MacAuley was a tryout but had a strong camp so its interesting if he will be kept in the organization.
Three non contracted defensemen in Corbin, Gagne and Boutet also remain, with Morgan Ellis reputedly suffering an injury and a top 6 spot potentially temporarily open. Maybe one or two of them is kept.
Finally, there is a single backup goaltender position to fill between Delmas and Meyer with the loser relegated to the ECHL.