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Red Wings Assign/Release 15 Players from Preseason Roster

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Michelle T.

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Adam Marsh and Dominic Turgeon and defensemen Joe Hicketts and Vili Saarijarvi to their respective major junior teams. Additionally, the team released 11 players from tryout agreements: forwards Nick Betz, Triston Grant, Conor McGlynn, Evan Polei and Jerome Verrier; defensemen Jalen Chatfield, Justin Lemcke, Jarett Meyer and Ty Stanton; and goaltenders Connor Ingram and Matt Mancina.

The team’s current roster stands at 57 as training camp wraps up at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., today with the annual Red & White game at 12 p.m. The Red Wings begin the preseason tomorrow night in Chicago at 8:30 p.m. and continue with home games against Chicago on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Pittsburgh on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

PLAYERS RELEASED/ASSIGNED ON 9/21/15
# PLAYER POS BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
28 Vili Saarijarvi D Rovaniemi, Finland 5/15/1997 2015 Draft (3/73)
50 Matt Mancina G Tecumseh, Ontario 4/29/1996 Camp Invitee
53 Joe Hicketts D Kamloops, British Columbia 5/4/1996 Signed, 9/24/14
54 Nick Betz RW Mount Clemens, Michigan 7/18/1995 Camp Invitee
58 Justin Lemcke D Whitby, Ontario 2/13/1997 Camp Invitee
63 Adam Marsh LW Clarendon Hills, Illinois 8/22/1997 2015 Draft (7/200)
64 Ty Stanton D St. Albert, Alberta 5/23/1995 Camp Invitee
68 Connor Ingram G Imperial, Saskatchewan 3/31/1997 Camp Invitee
70 Jerome Verrier RW Drummondville, Quebec 5/10/1994 Camp Invitee
78 Dominic Turgeon C Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 2/25/1996 2014 Draft (3/63)
80 Conor McGlynn C Oakville, Ontario 6/19/1995 Camp Invitee
82 Evan Polei LW Wetaskiwin, Alberta 2/19/1996 Camp Invitee
95 Jarett Meyer D Long Island, New York 10/13/1996 Camp Invitee
97 Jalen Chatfield D Ypsilanti, Michigan 5/15/1996 Camp Invitee
Triston Grant LW Neepawa, Manitoba 2/2/1984 Camp Invitee

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None of these names are surprising, as the juniors kids are now going to be better served returning to their respective clubs to continue their development while the camp invitees who didn't make a big enough splash can be free to find their own way. I really feel bad for Jerome Verrier here, who suffered a broken leg in a Friday collision with Darren Helm, ending his camp immediately.

The remaining camp invitees still on the roster are almost all Griffins/Walleye players with the exception of Joel Rechlicz. I have a feeling Rechlicz may stick around for a bit as a preseason enforcer and it's entirely possible he gets offered a job punching faces for the Griffins this season. The remaining invitees are forwards Mark Zengerle, Jeff Hoggan, and Kurt Etchegary; along with defensemen Nathan Paetsch, Jared Nightingale, Andrew Prochno, and Scott Czarnowczan.

We'll know more about what the rosters will look like for preseason games after today's Red & White Scrimmage. Stay tuned for more coverage from the WIIM crew!