Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has announced three cuts to his team’s training camp roster shipping goalie Michael DiPietro, forward Vincent Arseneau and forward Jonah Gadjovich to the AHL’s Utica Comets.
The most notable cut is obviously DiPietro who will officially turn pro with the Comets this season. The 20 year old did play one NHL game last season under emergency circumstances but… well, let’s just forget about that rough outing. It’s expected that DiPietro will fight for the starting position in Utica this season with veterans Richard Bachman and Zane McIntyre.
As for Arseneau and Gadjovich, they’ll return to a familiar place, given that both players for the Comets in 2018-19. The 27 year old Areseneau will play a leadership role for the team this upcoming season, while Gadjovich will be expected to take the next step in his development following a relatively pedestrian rookie campaign. In 43 games with the Comets last season, the 20 year old Gadjovich put up just four goals and 10 points. Look for him to boost those numbers in 2019-20.