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Montreal Canadiens send three players back to junior

After a scrimmage, the cuts start.

NHL: SEP 20 Canadiens Rookie Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have sent Joshua Roy, Xavier Simoneau, and Joe Vrbetic back to junior after the team’s scrimmage on Sunday.

All three will go back to their junior teams.

Roy made a great first impression with the team through rookie camp and even the team’s scrimmage where he had two goals. The fifth-round pick will take what he did and look to become a top player in the QMJHL.

Simoneau was battling for a potential pro contract, but he will go back to junior for his 20-year-old season, similar to what the team decided to do with Rafaël Harvey-Pinard.

Vrbetic was one of the goaltenders with the minor league group in camp. Now that a few days of camp have passed, the need for several extra goaltenders has gone away. He will look to have a full season after missing the 2020-21 season as the OHL did not play.

There are now 68 players remaining in camp.