The Washington Capitals have announced more cuts to the training camp roster as the Monday deadline to submit final rosters gets closer.
The Capitals assigned Hendrix Lapierre, Vincent Iorio, Ethen Frank, Riley Sutter and Chase Priskie to Hershey. They did not have to go through the waiver process. Frank, Sutter, Priskie and Lapierre played in yesterday’s preseason tilt against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sutter had a two point night, including the game-winning goal, and Lapierre had an empty net tally. Priskie also had the primary assist on Aliaksei Protas’s goal.
Furthermore, the Caps placed Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Alex Limoges, Michael Sgarbossa, Dylan McIlrath, Joe Snively and goaltender Hunter Shepard on waivers for purposes of loan to Hershey. They will report to Hershey if they go unclaimed by 2PM on Saturday.
Aube-Kubel is the most intriguing addition to waivers as he was expected to be a fourth line winger. However, it seems like Matthew Phillips may have taken his place.
Shepard is another addition that is interesting. He backstopped the Bears in the playoffs en route to their 12th Calder Cup. If he gets claimed by another team, the starting role in Chocolate Town will be up for grabs.
The Capitals current training camp roster, following Friday’s round of cuts:
The Capitals have 27 remaining on their training camp roster, including Max Pacioretty and Joel Edmindson, who will likely start the season on injured reserve. They will need to make two more cuts, assuming Mitchell Gibson will be returned to Hershey over the weekend.
The Capitals play their final preseason game against the Blue Jackets tomorrow at Capital One Arena and open the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Oct. 13.
By Jacob Cheris