Training Camp Notebook (9/29): One-on-one with 2022 No. 96 Pick Jordan Dumais, Roster Cuts, News, Notes

By Coby Maeir on September 29, 2022 at 1:59 pm
Jordan Dumais

Good news out of training camp today.


Center Cole Sillinger was back out on the ice today and did not have a no-contact jersey on. 

Defenseman Zach Werenski, who hasn't practiced in the last two days, is fine but is still day-to-day after leaving Sunday night's game vs. Pittsburgh early. 

Roster Cuts

The Jackets cut nine players from their training camp roster, sending six back to their clubs and releasing three from their professional tryouts. 


Embedded is the lines I saw at the morning skate today. 

The only change in lines for tonight is that Mathieu Olivier and Cole Fonstad will switch spots on the fourth forward line.

Other lines/pairings I saw during the non-game group's practice:

Johnny Gaudreau-Boone Jenner-Patrik Laine

Kirill Marchenko-C. Sillinger-Carson Meyer

Jakub Voracek-Jack Roslovic-Emil Bemstrom

Liam Foudy-Sean Kuraly-Eric Robinson

Vladislav Gavrikov-Erik Gudbranson

Nick Blankenburg-Andrew Peeke

Jake Christiansen-Adam Boqvist

Samuel Knazko-Olivier LeBlanc

One-on-one with 2022 No. 96 pick Jordan Dumais

I spoke to the 2022 third-round pick from the Halifax Mooseheads today at practice.

You've scored the fourth most points in a single season and the most by a 17-year-old in Halifax Mooseheads history. That franchise has seen players like Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Jakub Voracek, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Timo Meier. Does it mean anything to you to be in that company?

Dumais: "It's always good to look back at it and the company of those guys and [being in] the same conversation with those types of names. That's great, but I just try to work hard and not let it get to my head and just try to do it again next season."

There's been a big shift in the NHL where teams aren't as worried about a player's size and more about skill and speed. As a player who some say may be undersized (5'8'') is that something you've noticed coming up playing hockey?

Dumais: "The game is getting [faster] and a bit more [skillful] and looking at those small guys in the NHL, like [Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point and Ottawa Senators winger Alex DeBrincat]. For guys like me, I just look up to them and it gives me confidence and if they could do it, I think I can too."

Is DeBrincat a guy you watched growing up?

Dumais: "Yeah, I watch a lot of hockey. I see all those guys. My favorite player was Patrick Kane. I mean, he's a little undersized, too. But  I look up to all of them."

The Blues are dressing nearly their entire NHL roster for tonight's game. Does that add any pressure or does it make tonight's game more important?

Dumais: "I'm not going to try looking at it too much like that, but I'm just going to try to do my best tonight. And obviously playing against those types of guys, it's going to be great for me and kind of get a feel with those guys how they play like and what the league is like, but I'm just gonna try to go shift by shift tonight."