Analysis: Max Jones Among Ducks Next Round of Cuts

Photo: Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks

By Thomas Harrington

The Anaheim Ducks made their next round of roster cuts today, sending Max Jones back to juniors and releasing David Booth, David Jones, and Antoine Laganiere from their professional tryouts.

Max Jones will be returning to a London team that could be losing a significant amount of talent this year, as Mitch Marner, Matthew Tkachuk, and Christian Dvorak could all make their way to the NHL this season. With so much talent leaving London’s roster, Jones will be counted on even more this season, as he hopes to help lead the team to a repeat championship. The fact that he lasted so long during training camp is an impressive feat and bodes well for his future. The longer he lasted, the greater the hope rose that he would get an NHL game or two before being returned to London. With his cut, Anaheim fans will have to wait at least a year before we get to see the young winger in an NHL game.

Booth, David Jones, and Laganiere really had no chance of making Anaheim’s roster this season. Booth and Jones were placeholders, but now that Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are back in Anaheim, their services were no longer needed. Now the hope for them is that they impressed enough during training camp to earn an NHL contract somewhere in the league. Laganiere is actually signed to an AHL-only deal and will report to San Diego. He’ll join many of his former teammates from last season who started training camp with the Gulls this morning.

With Max Jones gone, Julius Nattinen is the only junior player left in camp. He was a longshot to make Anaheim’s roster this season, but now that he’s survived through four rounds of roster cuts, it looks like he has a legitimate shot to see some NHL action before being returned to juniors. Nattinen played well against Los Angeles last night. Hopefully, he’ll get another game or two of action before the preseason comes to a close.

The Ducks still have a couple of players on professional tryout agreements on their roster. None of them were expected to be signed by Anaheim, but Sean Bergenheim has impressed during training camp and preseason. He’s unlikely to be signed by Anaheim, but based on last night’s game against LA, I do think that he will likely find a job in the NHL for this season. The Ducks could choose to sign him to a fourth line role, instead of having a younger player fill out the roster.

The Ducks now have 35 players left in training camp, meaning they have 12 more players to cut from their roster. However, once Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm are signed, the Ducks will have to cut two more players. Some players, like Yann Danis or Dustin Tokarski, are easy to pick as being cut in the next week and a half. Others, like Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour, have played well enough to make Anaheim’s decision very difficult. The Ducks play two games in the next two days. Expect more players to be cut following their conclusion.

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