Devils Make More Roster Adjustments

Just catching up on some odds and ends on this Friday.

The Devils cut their roster down to 31 players today according to Sam Kasan of the Inside the Devils Blog on the team’s website. He said that they must be down to 23 players by Monday at 5 PM.

According to Kasan, Nikita Okhotiuk was assigned to the Utica Comets of the AHL.

They also placed “Chase DeLeo on waivers with the intent to assign him to Utica as well.”

Centerman Mark Jankowski was released from his professional tryout.

In addition, AJ Greer – who was placed on waivers Thursday – cleared. He will now be assigned to Utica.

One other move mentioned by the Devils PR team was that forward Frederik Gauthier was signed to a one-year contract. The contract is worth $800,000 (NHL level) and $175,000 (AHL level). It is $200,000 guaranteed.

Gauthier was on a PTO, having played two games with the Arizona Coyotes last season. He also played 18 games with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League, notching two goals and five assists (seven points).

He was with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2015-16 to 2019-20, where he had 13 goals and 18 assists totaling 31 points and 47 penalty minutes over 170 regular season games. The press release notes that he has played in eight Stanley Cup Playoffs games.

The native of Laval, Quebec, 26-years-old, was the Leafs’ first first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2013 Draft. He played with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL in juniors.

Devils Further Trim Down Their Roster

The Devils continue to march closer to the NHL regular season as yesterday they made eight cuts to their roster, getting down to 34 players remaining.

According to Sam Kasan of the Inside the Devils Blog on the Devils’ official website, forwards Graeme Clarke, Nolan Foote, Aarne Talvitie and Fabian Zetterlund in addition to defensemen Kevin Bahl and Reilly Walsh and goalie Nico Daws have all been assigned to the Utica Comets of the AHL as of yesterday afternoon.

AJ Greer was put on waivers and, should he clear by today, will also be assigned to Utica. No word at the moment if the forward was claimed by anyone.

The Devils will have a few more players to cut in order to get down to an NHL roster. Obviously, the cancelation of last night’s preseason game against the Islanders puts a bit of a monkey wrench into things. While the coaching staff can get a feel in practice and scrimmages how a player is performing, there is nothing like game action against NHL-caliber players.

It is not the end of the world, but I am sure the staff would have liked to have played the game last night.

We will have more information on the roster as it becomes available.