Nashville’s training camp roster goes from 61 to 42

trainins camp huddle (Sarah Fuqua)

The Nashville Predators made their first round of cuts this afternoon, trimming their roster from 61 to 42.

The Milwaukee Admirals receive 2010 draft picks Taylor Aronson and Anthony Bitetto, 2009 choices Charles-Olivier Roussel and Zach Budish as well as 2011 fourth rounder Josh Shalla. Of the five, only Budish (who turned pro after the University of Minnesota was ousted from the NCAA tournament in April) didn’t split time between the Ads and the Cincinnati Cyclones last year.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar gets their captain back as 2013 fourth round pick Félix Girard has been returned and big Finnish defenseman Mikko Vainonen will get a second season of North American hockey under his belt at the junior level as he’s been reassigned to the Kingston Frontenacs. Tommy Veilleux, who suffered an injury in the rookie games down in Florida, was sent home on September 11 but was officially returned to Victoriaville of the QMJHL today.

In addition to the reassignments, the Predators have released 11 from their tryout agreements.

The only player left in camp on a tryout agreement is undrafted Swiss winger Simon Moser. The Bern, Switzerland, native has played in two of Nashville’s three pre-season games and has registered just one shot but has logged over 30:00 of ice time.

The official press release is below.

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Nashville, Tenn. (September 20, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reduced its training camp roster by 19 players by making the following transactions:

Reassigned Felix Girard (Baie-Comeau, QMJHL), Mikko Vainonen (Kingston, OHL) and Tommy Veilleux (Victoriaville, QMJHL) to their junior teams.

Assigned Taylor Aronson, Anthony Bitetto, Zach Budish, Charles-Olivier Roussel and Josh Shalla to Milwaukee (AHL).

Released Barry Almeida, Paul Crowder, Kayle Doetzel, Sebastian Geoffrion, Eric Levine, Michael Moffat, Cody Reichard, Teddy Ruth, Vinny Saponari, Mathieu Tousignant and Allen York from tryout agreements.

Nashville’s training camp roster now sits at 42 – 25 forwards, 12 defensemen and five goaltenders. An updated roster is attached.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)