Fresh off playing their annual intra-squad scrimmage known as the Burgundy/White Game on Sunday; the Colorado Avalanche announced the first 12 cuts from their training camp roster on Monday. The moves reduce their roster to 46.
Trevor Cheek, Gabriel Desjardins, Daniel Maggio, Kieran Millan, Lee Moffie, Kent Patterson and Mikael Tam were all assigned to the training camp of the Avs’ AHL affiliate: The Lake Erie Monsters. Desjardins, Moffie, Maggio and Tam were all signed to AHL contracts to begin with.
Also being returned to Lake Erie were Joey Hishon and David Van Der Guilik. Both were unable to participate in training camp for the Avalanche, as they were recovering from injury. They will report to the Monsters after they are cleared to play.
Three players were also returned to their junior teams. Joseph Blandisi and Michael Clarke will head to Ottawa and Peterborough of the OHL, respectively. Dillon Donnelly will return to the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL, where he currently serves as captain and was coached by Patrick Roy last season.
Donnelly was drafted by the Avalanche in the seventh round of the 2011 Entry Draft, but was not signed by the club by this summer’s deadline to retain his rights. He was in training camp on an amateur tryout contract.
The team's roster must be trimmed to 23 before the start of the regular season.