After sending Nikolay Goldobin to the AHL, the Vancouver Canucks have cut four more players from their NHL roster.
The Vancouver Canucks have announced yet another round of cuts from their NHL roster, trimming the team down to 31 players. There are now three netminders, nine defencemen and 19 forwards remaining in camp.
With Gaunce being injured, the team will have to make just seven more cuts. One of them will surely be used for third-string netminder Richard Bachman, leaving the Canucks to cut six skaters.
The news is that defencemen Philip Holm and forward Anton Rodin will be sent to the AHL while veteran forward Scottie Upshall will be released from his PTO and likely signing with the St. Louis Blues in the very near future.
As for blueliner Olli Juolevi, he will be released from the Canucks camp. He will either head to junior where he will suit up for the OHL’s London Knights or sign a pro contract in Finland with a team in Liiga, where Canucks prospect Petrus Palmu is already playing.
Of all these players, only Rodin will have to go through waivers. Holm and Juolevi are both exempt from the waivers. All thirty other NHL teams will have a chance to acquire Rodin, though injury concerns and roster size may deter them from doing so.
Other Tidbits: Players to watch on waivers & Ryan White returning
One of those 31 players remaining on the Canucks roster is forward Ryan White who is on a PTO. After suffering a concussion in early preseason action, he has returned to practice. The 29-year-old grinder is the lone PTO remaining in Vancouver.
It will be interesting to see if he makes the Canucks or is offered an AHL contract with the Utica Comets at the least.
On the other hand, there were only three other players placed on waivers from around the league today. One of them is Chicago’s Ville Pokka, the 23-year-old Finnish defenceman. He is a regular each year on the Finnish international squad, including on the World Cup and the World Championships.
Back when the Canucks were trying to trade Dan Hamhuis, Pokka was mentioned as a player the Canucks could trade for.
Claiming the offensive defenceman could be an interesting move for the Canuck, who has the second-overall waiver priority currently. He could be an interesting Finnish duo with Juolevi. Claiming him would also mean that the Canucks would have to cut one more defenceman that they would have had to, meaning both Alex Biega and Andrey Pedan would be put on waivers.
The Canucks have just one game remaining in preseason to assess their players. Watch for the youth and the depth players to make their final case to stay on the roster.