New York Rangers: First cuts at training camp

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TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 20: Ty Ronning #7 of the Hartford Wolf Pack watches the play develop against the Toronto Marlies during AHL game action on October 20, 2018 at Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

With only one day to go before the team see game action, the New York Rangers began trimming the training camp roster, cutting seven players.

The New York Rangers cut seven players,  but still have 48 players on their training camp roster. Expect to see more cuts over the next few days after they give some players an opportunity to play in the first few preseason games.

The cuts included goalies Francois Brassard and Tom McCollum, Defensemen Nico Gross and Hunter Skinner and forwards Ryan Gropp, Ville Meskanen and Ty Ronning.

The seven players cut were not unexpected, but do confirm some concerns about the development of some players in the organization.  By dropping  Gropp,  Meskanen and  Ronning so early, it shows how far they have slipped in the depth chart among Rangers prospects.

The team returned 2018 draft pick Nico Gross to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL and 2019 draft pick Hunter Skinner to the London Knights of the OHL.  There were few expectations that the pair would stick with the team, especially considering the number of defensemen at camp.

Both the Generals and the Knights have concluded their preseason and their regular season is set to start this weekend so it was important to get Gross and Skinner back to their junior teams. With their departure, defenseman and  2019 second round pick Matthew Robertson is the only player left at camp who is expected to play in juniors this year.

No one expected McCollum or Brassard to stick with the Rangers and were at camp because they needed six goalies for the scrimmages.  They are needed at the Wolf Pack training camp that is currently under way and both are expected to man the net for the Maine Mariners in the ECHL.

Some of the other cuts don’t bode well for the future of some players.

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