Yesterday after practice, Guy Boucher spoke about the need to get the roster down to ‘his group’. The latest roster moves, announced by the Senators on Saturday morning, are part of that process
Of the 22 players cut, 15 were assigned to Belleville:
- Goaltenders Chris Driedger, Marcus Hogberg, Danny Taylor
- Defencemen Erik Burgdoerfer, Cody Donaghey, Andreas Englund, Macoy Erkamps, Christian Jaros (!), Patrick Sieloff
- Forwards Chris DiDomenico, Vincent Dunn, Gabriel Gagne, Nick Paul, Francis Perron, Ben Sexton
Five players were released from their professional tryouts, although three of the five (forwards Kyle Flanagan and Jack Rodewald, along with defenceman Jordan Murray) are signed to AHL deals. The two that are no longer with the organization in any capacity are defencemen Charles-David Beaudoin and Brendan Woods.
Additionally, two players were returned to the CHL: forward Drake Batherson (QMJHL - Cape Breton) and the recently-signed Parker Kelly (WHL - Prince Albert).
There are now 33 players remaining, with many of the remaining ‘bubble’ players scheduled to play in tonight’s 7:00 p.m. contest against the Montreal Canadiens. Speaking to the media after practice today, Guy Boucher noted that all of the remaining players have a chance to make the team. The ones who aren’t on one-way NHL deals are:
- Defencemen Maxime Lajoie*, Ben Harpur, Thomas Chabot
- Forwards Mike Blunden, Chris VandeVelde (PTO), Max Reinhart, Logan Brown*, Alex Formenton*, Tyler Randell, Filip Chlapik, Max McCormick
*indicates that the player can go back to junior; Lajoie can also play in the AHL due to age