Sometimes, it’s not always possible to get every prospect on the ice. When a NHL team is trying to review the status of its contract players, a few of the try out players can get lost in the shuffle. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli lamented on that unfortunate fact just before announcing the second round of cuts to the Boston Bruins’ roster.
“The first couple games allowed us to see some of those players that maybe we wouldn’t have if we had games starting a little later on or if they were more spaced. So it’s a bit of a development piece too, to have those players get into games,” Chiarelli said. “And there may be a couple guys that won’t get in to games that we’ll end up having to cut and it would have been nice to get them into games.”
“So these games, the early games, they’re evaluation, but also there’s a bit of a development piece to them.”
The Bruins roster is now down to forty five potential players battling for twenty three spots. With just five pre-season games to go, competition will be fierce to see who ends up on the final roster.
Scott Campbell, Jack Downing, Steven Spinell and Ben Youds were the cut players who have AHL contracts. They will be joining Providence Bruins training camp which starts on Monday. Two other players, who are currently on entry-level contracts with Boston, (forward Tyler Randell and net minder Adam Morrison)on entry-level level deals with Boston, were assigned to Providence and will also be taking part in the P-Bruins camp.
Chiarelli’s lament makes sense here. Of this six players assigned to the Providence squad, only Jack Downing saw any ice time in the first two games. Downing was on a line with Carter Camper and Jared Knight in the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals.
The remaining players will attempt to cement a position on the 2013-14 Boston Bruins team with the Bruins first home pre-season game tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. The puck will drop at 7:05 at the TD Garden.