Canadiens release seven junior players ahead of training camp
16 players remain at rookie camp
The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have released seven players from their rookie training camp.
The Canadiens send seven players back to Junior.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 12, 2017
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All seven players were without a professional contract and return to their respective junior teams.
Will Bitten and Michael Pezzetta demonstrated a lot of promise during the rookie tournament and should get their contracts next season when it comes time to start moving towards the professional ranks.
The group of defenders from the 2017 draft class, Josh Brook, Scott Walford, Cale Fleury, and Jarrett Tyszka, also got a chance to display what they had, with Brook and Walford possibly leading the pack in a small sample size.
Surprising was the release of Alexandre Alain who showed well during the Rookie Tournament from his tryout. He returns to the QMJHL Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for his overage season.
This announcement is a good sign for other players on tryout deals such as Maxime Fortier and Jordan Boucher.
UPDATE: Four players will receive professional try outs and will attend the Canadiens main training camp, trying to get an AHL contract.
Jordan Boucher, Maxime Fortier, Alexandre Goulet and James McEwan are on a PTO and will be at the #habs training camp...— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) September 12, 2017
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