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Canadiens complete second wave of cuts, assign 9 players to St. John's

The second group includes a few players who will need to clear waivers, including Gabriel Dumont and Christian Thomas.

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The Montreal Canadiens made their second wave of training camp cuts today, assigning nine more players to the St. John's IceCaps

Daniel Carr continues to develop, and another year in the AHL can only be good for him. He should get a call-up this year to the NHL.

Darren Dietz was a late scratch at last year's training camp, so obviously the organization sees potential in him. He will continue to develop in the AHL and wait for his opportunity on a crowded blue line in Montreal.

Gabriel Dumont is starting his sixth professional season, all of which were mostly spent in the AHL. His occasional call-ups to the NHL never go poorly, however the depth at forward makes him expendable for the most part. Should he clear waivers he will most likely be team captain again.

Morgan Ellis needs to be considered a disappointment thus far for the organization coming off such high expectations after his junior career. Struggling to find consistency in the AHL, he spent most of last season in the ECHL and he only returned to the AHL due to a crippling injury plague that hit the team. Make or break year for him.

Jeremy Gregoire was fairly quiet during the preseason. He shows great leadership and talent potential, and he will start his first professional year developing those characteristics in St. John's.

Joel Hanley formed a solid defensive pairing with Ryan Johnston during the rookie tournament, and you can expect the two to be paired up again with the IceCaps.

Bud Holloway was signed primarily to give the IceCaps an offensive boost. Should he clear waivers he will be expected to play top line minutes in the AHL.

Michael McCarron turned some heads during the rookie tournament and preseason games, however no one will argue that spending a year in the AHL refining his game will be nothing but good for his development.

Christian Thomas was acquired in exchange of Danny Kristo in 2013, and has thus far failed to make his place in the NHL despite an 18 game call-up last season. He will have to clear waivers this year before he can report to St. John's.