The Boston Bruins have now played a total of four preseason games; two in a China, where they took on the Calgary Flames, and two in the United States against the Washington Capitals. They are 4-0 in the preseason and the teammates who were in China have traveled home. With all that, it is not surprising that the team’s General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, that they were trimming the training camp roster.
Defenseman Mark Fayne, who last season played for both the Bakersfield Condors and the Springfield Thunderbirds in the AHL, and forward Marcel Noebels who played for the Eisbären Berlin A of the DEL league last season, were released from their player tryout agreements.
Daniel Bukac, a 19-year-old defenseman the Bruins took in round seven of the 2017 NHL Draft (no. 204 overall), has been returned to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. Likewise, Cédric Paré, the 19-year-old forward from Lévis, Québec, who was drafted by Boston in 2017 in round six (no. 173 overall), was returned to Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL.
The undrafted goaltender from Coral Springs, Florida, Kyle Keyser, has been assigned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. He signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins on October 3, 2017. Though he was undrafted, he is still not allowed to play in the AHL at his age, which is one of the reasons he has gone to major juniors team.
Harvard University graduate, Wiley Sherman was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 2013 NHL Draft’s fifth round (no. 150 overall). The 6’7” defenseman has been assigned to the Providence Bruins.
In addition to Sherman, the following other players will report to the Providence Bruins for the start of their training camp: Austin Fyten (27-year-old forward), Olivier Galipeau (21-year-old defenseman who was expected to sign with the Montréal Canadiens but on June 26, 2018 he signed with the Bruins instead), Brett McKenzie (21-year-old forward), Joel Messner (24-year-old defensive alum of the University of Nebraska-Omaha), Tanner Pond (24-year-old forward who called Boston home as he played for the Northeastern University Huskies, 2013-2017), and Alex Sakellaropoulos (24-year-old goalie who played for the Worcester Raiders of the ECHL last season).
As training camp is more than halfway through, the competition will only get tougher for those who are still in Boston.