The Vancouver Canucks have made some cuts to their roster and the news comes with one very disappointing, if not unexpected, name attached to it.
According to a report from the Canucks official website, the team cut at least 7 players from their current training camp roster on Saturday and 6 of those are now expected to report to the American Hockey League. There the young men will join the Canucks' AHL affiliate team, the Utica Comets, as they begin their own training camp in the coming days. The odd man out will not be so fortunate.
The players being set home today are the following:
24 year old forward Justin Bailey, a former Buffalo Sabres 2nd round draft pick (52nd overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
24 year old undrafted defenseman Brogan Rafferty
22 year old forward Lukas Jasek, Vancouver's 6th round pick (174th overall) at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
20 year old forward Kole Lind, Vancouver's 2nd round draft selection (33rd overall) at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
24 year old undrafted defenseman Josh Teves
There was one other player sent down to the American Hockey League today but his failure to make the team will stand out as a much bigger disappointment for the organization and it's fans. According to the Canucks the team will also be sending down former 1st round pick (5th overall) Olli Juolevi to the American Hockey League. Now this is not entirely unexpected given the fact that Juolevi is still building himself back up after suffering a major knee injury last season, one that required surgery, but nonetheless this continues a disappointing journey for the 21 year old since being drafted.
The Canucks also cut NHL journeyman Landon Ferraro from his professional tryout offer today.