Looking at some of the latest training camp cuts, Datsyuk to begin skating, and more…
The Hurricanes cut 16 players last night including Zach Boychuk and Justin Shugg. Boychuck isn’t overly surprising. He’s done as a prospect worth owning and may be on his last legs as a prospect altogether. Shugg, the Charlotte Checkers’ leading scorer from last season is a bit more surprising. It seems Kris Versteeg grabbed the top-six spot Shugg might have had and that the youngster didn’t do enough to earn a bottom-six role.
Shugg will have to clear waivers before getting sent down but if he can’t make the Hurricanes, it’s hard to envision a team he could make. There’s still a chance he makes the leap this season but his projection goes way down now.
On the flip side, it’s looking really good for those in deep multi-category pools who have Brock McGinn. The hardnosed winger is pushing hard for a roster spot and would make an impact right away in pools counting hits.
Also on the radar is tantalizing Russian winger Sergei Tolchinsky. The Hurricanes can certainly use all the offensive spark they can get and Tolchinsky offers a ton. He’s still a long shot to me but the odds are getting better.
Of course, Noah Hanifin and Haydn Fleury both remain in camp as well. You can check out the remaining 33 players here.
The Blue Jackets also made some significant cuts yesterday with both Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano getting sent down. The numbers game in Columbus made it almost impossible for either one to really have a chance but word is that both were impressive in camp nonetheless.
Only a couple of cuts for the Capitals yesterday but a big one was Dan Ellis, which helps to open the door for Philipp Grubauer to grab the backup spot. Justin Peters is still around to muddy the waters but Gruba