Blue Jackets Announce Second Round Of Training Camp Cuts

By Jacob Nitzberg on October 4, 2021 at 2:46 pm
Sep 27, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets forward Yegor Chinakhov (59) moves the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nathan Legare (34) during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. The Blue Jackets won 3-0.
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The Blue Jackets started training camp with 67 players, and they've whittled it down significantly.

On Monday afternoon, the Blue Jackets announced the second round of cuts from training camp. 27 players were cut from the roster, leaving the Blue Jackets with 30 players remaining in training camp. Among the cuts were Gavin Bayreuther, Tyler Angle, and Josh Dunne.

So, where does that leave the roster? There are still 18 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders remaining:

Forwards (18) 

  1. Eric Robinson
  2. Emil Bemstrom
  3. Yegor Chinakhov
  4. Boone Jenner
  5. Oliver Bjorkstrand
  6. Liam Foudy
  7. Sean Kuraly 
  8. Jakub Voracek
  9. Gustav Nyquist 
  10. Alexandre Texier
  11. Cole Sillinger
  12. Patrik Laine
  13. Kevin Stenlund
  14. Gregory Hofmann
  15. Justin Danforth
  16. Jack Roslovic
  17. Max Domi (injured)
  18. Trey Fix-Wolansky (injured)

This competition is going to come down to the wire, especially if Domi can get healthy in time for the opener. It's unlikely, given that he hasn't done any contact work in practice yet, but it can't be completely ruled out. Realistically, there are 16 (17 if Domi is healthy) forwards competing for 13 or 14 spots.

Defensemen (9)

  1. Zach Werenski
  2. Jake Bean
  3. Gabriel Carlsson
  4. Andrew Peeke
  5. Vladislav Gavrikov
  6. Dean Kukan
  7. Adam Boqvist
  8. Scott Harrington
  9. Mikko Lehtonen

There will be one or two cuts among the defensemen, based on whether Larsen wants to go with 13F-8D or 14F-7D. All nine defensemen remaining have NHL experience, so it'll be a tough decision for the Blue Jackets.

Goaltenders (3)

  1. Elvis Merzlikins
  2. Joonas Korpisalo
  3. Daniil Tarasov

This one will be a little bit easier. Barring a huge surprise, Tarasov will begin the season in Cleveland while Korpisalo and Merzlikins will start in Columbus.

You can view the list of players who were cut today (and where they're headed) below.

The following players were put on waivers for the purpose of assigning them to Cleveland:

  • D Gavin Bayreuther
  • G Jean-Francoise Berube
  • F Brandon Gaunce
  • F Tyler Sikura

The following players were loaned to Cleveland by the Blue Jackets:

  • F Tyler Angle
  • D Tim Berni
  • D Jake Christiansen
  • F Josh Dunne
  • F Carson Meyer

The following players on AHL contracts have been released from tryout contracts and have been returned to Cleveland:

  • F Cole Cassels
  • F Cole Fonstad
  • F Brett Gallant
  • F Jake Gaudet
  • F Adam Helewka
  • F Zach Jordan
  • F Tristan Mullin
  • F Justin Scott
  • F Jake Slaker
  • D Cole Clayton
  • D Olivier LeBlanc
  • D Thomas Schemitsch
  • D Dillon Simpson
  • D Billy Sweezey
  • D Giovanni Vallati
  • G Jet Greaves

The following players have been released from their tryout contracts:

  • F Navrin Mutter
  • G Evan Moyse