Devils make 1st round of cuts at training camp

September 18, 2018

The Devils released or reassigned five players from their training camp roster. Watch video

The Devils cut five players off their training camp roster, trimming the group for the first time since the preseason started last Thursday.

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Two players were reassigned to their respective junior teams, while two more were sent down to the AHL (both are signed to AHL contracts). One more player was released from a professional tryout.




Here’s the full list of transactions:

F Mitch Hoelscher – assigned to Ottawa (OHL)
D Xavier Bernard – assigned to Drummondville (QMJHL) 
F Ryan Schmelzer – assigned to Binghamton (AHL)
D Tariq Hammond – assigned to Binghamton (AHL)
G Colton Phinney – released from PTO

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There aren’t any surprises among the first rounds of cuts from camp. Hoelscher and Bernard were both drafted in June and will continue to play junior hockey this season. With plenty of other competition for NHL roster spots, Schmelzer and Hammond got a brief taste of a pro camp to start their careers.

The Devils still have five goalies on their camp roster, including Cory Schneider, who has done some work in practice while rehabbing from offseason surgery. That allowed the Devils to release Phinney.

The next round of cuts likely won’t come until after Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders, at the earliest. Following the first off day of camp on Tuesday, the Devils will return to practice on Wednesday in Newark.

Chris Ryan may be reached at original article here.

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