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.