The Nashville Predators made their first significant round of cuts Saturday.
Twelve players were reassigned to Milwaukee or to their junior clubs following a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals at Bridgestone Arena.
Those headed for Milwaukee, which opens training camp on Tuesday, are: forwards Gabriel Bourque, Ryan Flynn, Mark Santorelli and Ryan Thang, defensemen Jonathon Blum and Roman Josi, and goaltender Jeremy Smith.
Taylor Beck was reassigned to his junior club, Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League. Forwards Chris Mueller and Mark Van Guilder, and defensemen Scott Ford and Scott Lehman were released from professional tryout deals.
“There’s some good players in that group – on defense and at forward – that are going to eventually play,” coach Barry Trotz said. “At this point, we have to get them back and settled in Milwaukee. That doesn’t mean that they’re not going to play this year for us. It just means that there’s other people in the pecking order that we need to see first.
“… We have to get a little of the clutter out. The numbers have to come down quickly, and we have to work on our game.”
With half the preseason remaining a total of 38 players remain on the active roster.