The New Jersey Devils reassign two players to their junior teams on Tuesday morning.
Head Coach Lindy Ruff explained on Monday morning that there may be some roster trimming in the near future.
“After (Monday’s) games, there may be a couple,” Ruff explained. “It may be time for Junior players to go back. That’s a decision we’ll make today. American League training camp opens up by the end of this week or through the weekend. So by the weekend, we’ll probably be trimming down the roster.”
Following Monday night’s split-squad games, New Jersey reassigned 2023 Draft selections Cam Squires and Cole Brown to their respective clubs.
The Devils selected Squires in the fourth round of the 2023 NHL Draft. In 67 QMJHL games for the Cape Breton Eagles, Squires scored 30 goals and 34 assists for 64 points last season. Squires will return to Cape Breton for the 2023-24 QMJHL season.
Brown was selected later in the 2023 NHL Draft. New Jersey picked the Aurora, Ontario native in the sixth round of the 2023 NHL Draft. Playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League, Brown scored 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points in 40 OHL games.
There’s an outside chance Brown made a good impression on the Devils brass in his time with the Devils during the Prospect Challenge and training camp. Erik Haula received an off day on Sunday. His usual linemates, Ondrej Palat and Dawson Mercer were without a third. That was until Ruff paired Brown with Palat and Mercer during drills Sunday morning.
The Devils’ roster has now been trimmed down to 55 players. As we inch closer to the weekend, the plan is for more players to be cut from the roster or reassigned to their respective teams.