Three players were released, including pro tryout defensemen Ryan Bast and Lee Sorochan.
C Adam Edinger from Bowling Green was also released, which was a bit of a surprise.
Prospects C Justin Mapletoft (Red Deer-WHL) and D Adam Johnson (Tri-Cities-WHL), who both have a year of junior-eligibility remaining,
were returned to their junior teams.
Fifth round selection Dimitri Upper was returned to Russia.
Players who were farmed out to the minor leagues included: RW Petr Mika (Lowell- AHL), RW Trent Hunter (Springfield-AHL) and D Dan Trebil (Chicago-IHL).
The surprise move today was that Dmitri Nabokov was given permission to seek other opportunities
with the Islanders retaining his rights.
Nabokov was acquired from Chicago in an exchange for 1996 third overall selection Jean Pierre Dumont and from the early stages of this trade the fans were wondering if this player, who had the skills, also has the desire ?
Islanders ninth overall selection Mike Rupp re-entered the draft and was selected by New Jersey.
Notables relieved from camp include Julian Vauclair, Alexandre Giroux, Jason Maleyko, Layne Ulmer and Antoine Vermette. Vauclair was sent back to Europe while the others will most likely be playing in the CHL this year. Giroux has a shot with Grand Rapids.
John Gruden suffered a bruised tailbone but is expected to continue training camp. John has been fingered as a possibility on this years blue line. In last year’s camp Gruden was also injured. Chris Phillips suffered a minor groin pull and most likely will wait out the exhibition games.
After looking timid in the rookie camp Martin Havlat has bloomed into a budding star. This weekend against the Oilers Havlat had a spin-a-rama and a goal scorer’s missile. At this point Havlat will make the regular season roster and depending on how he performs in the first 10 games has an outside chance to stay with the big team. You should expect Havlat to be playing somewhere in the CHL this season.
In the first exhibition game of the season Chris Neil found himself on line with Alexi Yashin and dropped the gloves with Florida heavyweight Paul Laus. The former Centennial has turned more then a few heads in camp. For a team looking to add toughness Neil is just sort of player needed. Probably a mid-season call up with an outside chance of catching on. Next year is his year