The Senators have made another round of cuts to their NHL training camp roster.
Of the notable forwards still left at camp, Alex Formenton and Logan Brown.
Both would be heading back to their respected OHL teams if cut, but the two youngsters have clearly made a great impression on head coach Guy Boucher. Formenton, with his speed and ferocity, has shown he can lead the forecheck and has some more offensive awareness than many critics claimed. Brown, on the other hand, has gone above and beyond any previous declaration of his profound skill with the puck. Given a bit of time and space, there are few players on the NHL squad that can better dissect a defense.
As for the cuts, Filip Chlapik should hold his head high. The 20-year-old made enormous strides in every aspect of his game during the last year. He came into training camp strong, smart and more driven than ever before. It’s now obvious his arsenal includes a well-balanced collection of every tool a professional hockey player needs to succeed at such a level.
Tyler Randell proved a lot of things to Senators management the past couple weeks. He might be missing a couple key attributes to his game, particularly on the offensive side, but he’s not far off becoming a legitimate NHLer.
Chris VandeVelde played his part. The veteran presence during training camp used to push the young guns to their full potential.
The Senators have two preseason games left before the matches begin to matter. On Wednesday, they faceoff against the Winnipeg Jets, and on Saturday they travel to Montreal for a date with the Habs.
Three goaltenders, nine defensemen and 14 forwards remain on the NHL roster.