Colin McDonald was sent down yesterday, along with a bunch of other new pro’s and junior kids. None of the names is very surprising, but I’m certain a guy like McDonald would have been hoping for one pre-season game to show where he’s at in terms of progress. The others sent out were Rick Berry (D), Glenn Fisher (G), Stephane Goulet (LW), Jacob Micflikier (LW), Geoff Paukovich (LW), Theo Peckham (D), T.J. Reynolds (D), David Rohlfs (RW) and Allan Rourke (D) to Springfield (AHL).
Players returned to their junior teams were Vitaly Karamnov (C, Everett, WHL), Milan Kytnar (C, Kelowna, WHL) and Bryan Pitton (G, Brampton, OHL).Left winger William Quist was returned to Linkopings HC of the Swedish Elitserien.
None of them were given any chance of making the big team, but a few guys survived the first cut and have to feel good about it. Among them are Liam Reddox, Tim Sestito, Fredrik Johansson, Troy Bodie and TJ Kemp. Most of these players will likely be among the next cuts, with one of the two remaining minor league goalies (Dubnyk and Deslauriers) likely sent down at some point in the next week.
Among those who have had early camp success (reflected by their being chosen to play in tonight’s first exhibition game) are D Bryan Young, C Sam Gagner, RW Ryan O’Marra and C Tim Sestito.