With a few days of on-ice practices full of drills and two preseason games played against the Montreal Canadiens, to whom they lost, and the Washington Capitals, who they beat, it was not surprising to hear late on Thursday that the Boston Bruins had made some decisions and released some players from training camp.
The ten players released on Thursday will join the Providence Bruins training camp. The list was comprised of four forwards: Andrew Ammon, Rob Flick, Cory Kane, and Ethan Werek; five defensemen: Tommy Cross (who must clear waivers to attend Providence), Steve Eminger, Frankie Simonelli, Ben Youds, and Mike Young; and one goalie: Adam Morrison.
Of those released, seven of the players were invited on a tryout basis to either the 2014 Rookie Camp (Ammon, Kane, Simonelli, Young) or to the Bruins 2014-15 season training camp (Eminger, Werek, and Youds).
For Cross, Flick, and Youds who all played for the Providence Bruins last season, it was anticipated that they would be spending the coming season playing with the P-Bruins. And Kane, who completed his senior year with the Ferris State University Bulldogs, made his professional debut on April 6, 2014, with the Providence Bruins after signing a player tryout (PTO) contract.
Neither Ammon nor Young attended the regular training camp, though they did participate in some on-ice drills and practice after the main camp completed their sessions following the conclusion of the rookie camp.
And while none of these players were actually expected to make the roster of the Boston Bruins that will be iced for the 2014-15 season, it marks the first decisions of Bruins’ management as they move forward to get their roster down to its final group before the puck drops on October 8 when the Boston Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers in their season home opener at TD Garden.