(HockeyStL) -- The Blues announced on Thursday that seven players had been cut from the training camp roster and assigned to the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.
The seven players cut from the roster were: Jake Allen, Ty Rattie, Dmitrij Jaskin, Sergey Andronov, Keith Aucoin, Joel Edmundson, and Jani Hakanpaa.
Allen and Jaskin showed enough in the preseason to earn a roster spot, but both fell victim to the Blues’ outstanding depth.
Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott will handle the goaltending duties for the Blues, while Allen starts for the Wolves. The Blues have made it clear that they want Allen with the parent club in the near future.
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Jaskin was certainly in the mix for a spot on the opening night roster, but the addition of Brenden Morrow made it impossible for the Blues to keep Jaskin in the National Hockey League. Jaskin will likely be with the Blues at some point later on this season.
All of the players cut on Thursday played well enough to make it past the first roster trimming, which occurred last Saturday. After Thursday’s cuts, the Blues’ roster now consists of 25 players. The club will have to narrow that number down to 23 by Sept. 30.
The club currently has 15 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goalies remaining on their camp roster. It is very unlikely that the Blues will start the regular season with more than 14 forwards, so they have a tough decision to make in who to choose for the next round of cuts. As for the club’s defense, head coach Ken Hitchcock indicated after Wednesday’s preseason loss that he has an idea as to what the defense is going to be. At this point, it certainly looks as though Ryan Whitney, who is with the club on a professional tryout, could be the odd man out.
The Blues have one more preseason game to play on Friday. The final round of cuts should come shortly after that.
St. Louis opens the season on Oct. 3 at home against the Nashville Predators.