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Lind, Gadjovich among the 8 Canucks cuts

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35 players remain on the current roster.

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
Jonah Gadjovich, left, and Michael DiPietro are interviewed after being drafted by the Vancouver Canucks during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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The Canucks wrapped up their preseason home stand with a shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings. The rest of the roster will fly to Calgary for another preseason game on Friday, but some other Canucks on Friday were getting ready to board a plane to beautiful Utica, New York.

Here were the Canucks who were cut this morning, copied from the Canucks media release.

The following players have been assigned to the Utica Comets:

  • Guillaume Brisebois, Defenceman
  • Jonah Gadjovich, Left Wing
  • Lukas Jasek, Right Wing
  • Kole Lind, Right Wing
  • Zack MacEwen, Centre

The following players have been designated for assignment:

  • Richard Bachman, Goaltender
  • Tanner Kero, Centre

The following player has been released from his tryout contract and will attend the Utica Comets Training Camp:

  • Ivan Kulbakov, Goaltender

Here are some quick thoughts from the unsurprising preseason cuts.

  • You thought perhaps guys like Kole Lind, Jonah Gadjovich, and Zack MacEwen might have gotten a second game in before the end of the preseason. That’s especially true for a guy like MacEwen, who could be a fit in a fourth line call-up role. Still, he was never going to beat out guys like Brendan Gaunce or Darren Archibald, who are both in tough for spots to begin with.
  • What’s interesting about seeing Lind, Gadjovich and Lucas Jasek sent back, was that guys like Petrus Palmu and Jonathan Dahlen still remain with the big club. Dahlen has already played two games with Bo Horvat, and hasn’t wowed fans like he did in the Young Stars tournament. Palmu played over 16 minutes in his lone preseason game, and it seems like the Canucks want to give him another look before sending him to Utica.
  • Not surprising to see Guillaume Brisebois cut, but something that’s interesting to note is that Jalen Chatfield is still at camp. Those two have been lumped together since they were both AHL rookies last season. For all the talk surrounding Brisebois from Canucks management last season, it says something that Chatfield is getting more of an opportunity ahead of the former third-round pick. Brisebois plays a very simple game on defence, whereas Chatfield tends to take more chances. Not that Chatfield’s ceiling is incredibly high, but it’s probably higher than Brisebois.
  • Thought Belarussian Ivan Kubalkov would get a look, especially after he saved Canucks eqiupment manager Brian Hamilton from getting smoked in the head with a puck during first period action last night.

By this time next week, we should have a pretty firm idea of how the Canucks roster will shake up. Anyone have bold predictions who or who doesn’t make the final roster?