The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the team reduced their training camp roster by three today, per vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman. Following today’s cuts the Lightning have 24 players on their roster. They must get down to 23 by Tuesday afternoon.
The players assigned to Syracuse were forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Cedric Paquette, as well as defenseman Luke Witkowski. Marchessault played in three preseason games and recorded two goals with 4 points, tied for third on the team. Paquette appeared in four exhibition games, recording a goal and two points. Witkowski skated in four preseason contests with a plus-4 rating and an assist.
BP Commentary: The key part of this announcement is who’s left. Waiver exempt players Vlad Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, Jonathan Drouin, and Andrej Sustr have made the team, at least temporarily. There wasn’t much question with Kucherov or Drouin, but Vladdy played himself onto the roster – at least until Drouin is healthy enough to play. Drouin remains out with a thumb injury and can be put on injured reserve. A report from TSN this weekend said the Lightning were toying with the idea of putting him in AHL Syracuse for a couple weeks of rehab play, which is allowed though Drouin is too young to play full-time in the AHL.