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14 Prospective Bulldogs Cut

The Hamilton Bulldogs coaches make some late night cuts.

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As reported on twitter by JF Chaumont of le Journal de Montréal, the Hamilton Bulldogs made 14 cuts tonight:

Translated tweets below:

Stefan Chaput, Olivier Fortier, Ian Schultz, Joe Stejskal, Daultan Leveille, Spencer Bennett, Michel Ouellet, Brendan Ranford, Zack Torquato, Kyle Rank, Sebastien Owuya, Cody Wild, Scott Darling and Cody Reichar.

Chaput, Fortier, Schultz and Stejskal will report to the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers, while Leveille will report to the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL.

Players that are released from the team entirely are Ouellet, Bennett, Ranford, Torquato, Rank, Owuya, Wild, Darling and Reichard.

Bobby Farnham, Antoine Corbin and Etienne Boutet all remain with the team as of now.

The big surprise in not making the team is likely Ian Schultz, who seemed to take big steps forward last season with the Bulldogs.

Notes from the scrimmage

  • Brian Wilde noted that Aaron Palushaj was the recipient of several big body checks, many of them coming from young Nathan Beaulieu. We're used to seeing Palushaj get knocked around a bit, so there might be questions about his hockey sense going forward in this critical season for him.
  • Steven Quailer has received solid reviews from media in attendance, as he uses his body well and has a lot of speed for his 6'4" frame.
  • Brendan Gallagher and Michael Bournival were sparkplugs tonight, looking very good on a line with Quailer.
  • It was agreed by everyone that I could find who saw the scrimmage live that Louis Leblanc was the most dominant player in the group, which shouldn't be a surprise.
  • The talent level of the Bulldogs this year as compared to last year is astronomically higher.

Official Press Release:

SHERBROOKE, QC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the club has released 14 players from training camp.

Forwards Stefan Chaput, Olivier Fortier and Ian Schultz and defenceman Joe Stejskal have been assigned to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL while forward Daultan Leveille has been assigned to the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL. The following players have been released outright from training camp: forwards Spencer Bennett, Michel Ouellet, Brendan Ranford, Zack Torquato and Kyle Rank; defencemen Sebastian Owuya and Cody Wild; and goaltenders Scott Darling and Cody Reichard.

The Hamilton Bulldogs will travel to Trenton, Ontario tomorrow to continue training camp with on-ice sessions and team-building activities at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton. The ‘Dogs will play two exhibition games against the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, October 6th in Cobourg, Ontario and on Monday, October 8th in Brantford, Ontario. The Bulldogs’ 17th season-opener is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they will play the Griffins. The team’s 2012-2013 home-opener is set for Friday, October 19th when they will host the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.

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