The Habs made their first real set of cuts on Saturday in advance of their game against Ottawa. A total of 14 players were trimmed off the roster and have been assigned to Laval of the AHL.
Forwards: Morgan Adams-Moisan*, Alexandre Alain, Joe Cox*, Nikita Jevpalovs*, William Pelletier*, Michael Pezzetta, Hayden Verbeek, Lukas Vejdemo, Antoine Waked
Defencemen: Ryan Culkin*, Maxim Lamarche*, David Sklenicka
Goalies: Connor LaCouvee*, Michael McNiven
* – player is on an AHL contract
There are no real surprises from the mix and only a handful of them (Alain, Lamarche, and Vejdemo) even got into a game this preseason. Nonetheless, the moves were necessary with Laval’s training camp opening up on Monday. There is a reasonable chance that a few others could join them by then while the Rocket will undoubtedly be bringing in a few players on minor league tryouts to give them a full roster before their preseason gets underway late next week.