The Winnipeg Jets have waived five players to kick off their first round of cuts today. As expected Michael Hutchinson has been cut making it clear that the only goalie that could potentially still be in the hunt for a job is Eric Comrie and that is extremely unlikely because of waivers being needed for Hellebuyck. This is extremely good news for the Manitoba Moose if they have both Hutchinson and Comrie this year.
Cameron Schilling, Buddy Rombinson, Michael Sgarbossa, and Julian Melchiori were also placed on waivers with the intention of being sent to the Manitoba Moose. It is fantastic that Melchiori was the Jets first call up on defence last year and this year he has been relegated to the first cut. The Jets have managed to improve their defensive depth enough for that to happen.
The other name that is not on the list is Marko Dano. Dano has not been playing or practicing with NHLers all camp and it seems like he is destined for the AHL this year. This would be quite the fall for the centre-piece of the Andrew Ladd trade, but he lives to play another day.
The Jets have also cut goalie Jamie Phillips, forwards Mason Appleton, Jansen Harkins, Jimmy Lodge, and Chase De Leo as well as forward Sami Niku. None of these cuts are surprising as Appleton, Harkins and Niku are in their rookie seasons while the others have only had cups of coffee at the NHL level if they have been called up at all. There will most likely be more cuts in the coming days as they Jets prepare to play their final four pre-season games starting tomorrow against the Calgary Flames.