With the first preseason game set to kick off tonight (7:00pm EDT), the Rangers have moved to make their first training camp guts. Five players have been reassigned to their Canadian junior clubs, while a further eight will join Hartford for the start of their camp.
Among the first round of cuts are 2021 draft picks Jayden Grubbe, Talyn Boyko and Ryder Korczak. None of the three had any real expectation of being selected to the big club, and here mostly as a continuation of the prospect camp. Each will report to their respective junior teams. Likewise, the injured Evan Vierling and goalie Dylan Garand, who will head to theirs.
Five of those assigned to Hartford are on AHL contracts: Alex Whelan, Zach Berzolla, James Sanchez, Zach Giuttari and Michael O’Leary. In addition, forwards Jake Elmer and Patrick Khodorenko along with defenseman Hunter Skinner are heading down.
The cuts mean the Rangers now have 47 remaining in camp, with at least 24 cuts to come.