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Montreal Canadiens Make First Wave Of Cuts At Camp

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The Montreal Canadiens proceeded to make their first wave of cuts during this year’s training camp, cutting a handful of junior players.

 

The Canadiens announced the release of prospects Jared Davidson, Cédrick Guindon and Daniil Sobolev; while also releasing free-agent invite Antoine Coulombe as well. All four players are destined for major junior hockey this season, and the Canadiens likely felt it was best to have them join their respective clubs sooner than later, with the CHL season having already started over the last week.

 

Of the bunch, Davidson was the one that has stood out the most since the training camp and the Prospect Challenge in Buffalo. The tenacious forward was all over the ice, executing a relentless and effective forecheck and making nifty plays in tight with the puck. Even on Sunday afternoon in the intra-squad game, he showed good overall abilities with and away from the puck and wasn’t afraid to get into the high-danger areas to pay the price.

He also showed off puck skills that made him such a dangerous player for the Seattle Thunderbirds last season; and proceeded to even pot himself a goal off an impressive backhander.

Meanwhile, Guidon and Sobolev are both bound of the OHL where they’ll join the Windsor Spitfires and Owen Sound Attack, respectively. Guindon showed some good play during the Prospect Challenge in Buffalo, using his speed and active stick to cause turnovers and get his body in the way of passing lanes. Once training camp began, it became evident that he needed to continue to work on his game before measuring himself up to the pros.

As for Sobolev, he looked perfectly fine during the intra-squad scrimmages with a good first pass and no glaring mistakes on the defensive side, but, with such a strong competition on the backend with prospects like Kaiden Guhle, Arber Xhekaj and Jordan Harris vying for ice time, it was best to send him back now and leave room for the more mature prospects to show what they can do.

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Bernie

Guindon could be a key….Ask Stu.

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