REPORT: Jets Cut Numerous Players And Prospects From Training Camp

Published September 30, 2023 at 11:17 PM

With training camp and exhibition play winding down, the Winnipeg Jets cut their roster down by 10 players on Saturday.

Many of the players sent down will immediately start camp in the AHL for the Manitoba Moose. Some were surprising early cuts, while others were expected. An additional player was released from his PTO.

Expected Cuts

The players that were expected to be cut without an incredibly impressive camp were:

Goaltender, Thomas Milic
Goaltender, Oskari Salminen
Defenseman, Tyrel Bauer
Defenseman, Artemi Kniazev
Defenseman, Dmitri Kuzmin
Defenseman, Simon Lundmark
Forward, Daniel Torgersson

All seven players will report to the Manitoba Moose and start camp in the AHL. Both Thomas Milic and Oskari Salminen will battle for the starting role in net.

The four defensemen will be four of the six defensemen on the Moose roster this season. Tyrel Bauer and Simon Lundmark are both returning to the Moose after solid 2022-23 seasons, while Artemi Kniazev played the last two seasons with the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL. Additionally, Dmitry Kuzmin will play his first professional season after spending the last two seasons with the Flint Firebirds in the OHL.

Daniel Torgersson will also return to the Manitoba Moose after playing 69 games in the AHL. The 21-year-old forward is likely still a couple seasons away from playing in the NHL.

Unexpected Cuts

Dean Stewart, the 25-year-old defenseman who spent the last two years with the Manitoba Moose, was released from his PTO. It is reportedly likely that the defenseman will be signed to an AHL contract in the coming days.

One of the Winnipeg Jets' top underrated prospects, Nikita Chibrikov, was sent down rather quickly to the AHL after playing 31 games last year in the KHL. At just 20 years of age, there is a lot of growing still to go in his game, and it may be a couple seasons before he makes an impression in the AHL.

Top prospect Brad Lambert was surprisingly sent down rather early in camp. Considering his pedigree, he really should have stuck around in camp longer. This will not silence his critics, so hopefully he can have a big year in the AHL to quiet the chatter.

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