Don Sweeney, General Manager of the Boston Bruins, announced on Sunday, September 24, 2017, that the organization has trimmed their training camp roster from 52 to 40 with still about a week and half to go in the preseason.
Management assigned five forwards, one defenseman and a goalie to the Providence Bruins, Boston’s American Hockey League affiliate. The forwards are Anton Blidh, Colby Cave, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman and Zach Senyshyn. Defenseman Jakub Zboril and goaltender Zane McIntyre have also been assigned.
It was also announced five additional players were cut and will join the Providence Bruins training camp which begins on Monday, September 24, 2017. Forwards include Colton Hargrove, and Chris Porter—both of whom played with Providence this past season. Defensemen are Chris Breen—who has played with Providence for the previous three seasons, Connor Clifton—a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University, and Taylor Doherty—who played ten games with Providence on loan last season.
Cuts were anticipated, and of those young players still pushing hard for a possible job with Boston, Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said that he felt that the forwards seemed to be stepping up a little more than the defensemen to date. Of course with the increased number of penalties called in the four games the Bruins have played, management has struggled a bit to see quality ice time of those they had hoped to watch in action as lines were shuffled and special teams were the norm instead of the exception.
The Bruins play their final home game of the preseason on Monday night, as they host the Chicago Blackhawks. The roster for that game will be released Monday morning.