The news broke today that the Boston Bruins made seven cuts as they continue to dwindle down their roster for opening night. Among the individuals who were released and sent down to Providence were Zach Hamill and Trent Whitfield. Some of the players that still remain on the bubble are Anton Khudobin, Matt Bartkowski, Max Sauve, Jordan Caron, and Lane MacDermid, all of whom spent most of last season in the minors.
Hamill has been given a raw deal ever since he got drafted by Boston in 2007. He did lead the Western Hockey League in scoring during the 2006-2007 season with 32 goals to go along with his 61 assists. However, with the exception of three regular season games last year, the former eighth overall pick spent his entire career in the minor leagues.
The Bruins have been stocking up on the center position over the last several years. The latest evidence of that was two years ago when they drafted Tyler Seguin. Hamill had to deal with stiff competition throughout the organization. If he got drafted to another team, he probably would have had a moderately successful NHL career thus far. Now he has been groomed as a trade prospect. Really sad.
The other five players that were cut today were Jamie Arniel, Colby Cohen, David Warsofsky, Zach McKelvie, and Mike Hutchinson. They do not have to clear waivers to play in Providence, although Hamill and Whitfeild do have to clear waivers.