Brendan De Jong and Stelio Mattheos head back to the WHL
The #Canes have assigned three players to their Junior teams.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) September 16, 2018
-As expected, Brendan De Jong, the 1998-born defenseman was sent back to the Portland Winterhawks and Stelio Mattheos, the 1999-born center was returned to the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Neither has been signed by the Carolina Hurricanes. If they still are not signed by June, they will become free agents.
De Jong was taken in the sixth round of the 2017 draft, whole Mattheos was drafted in the third. Former Tri-City Americans forward Morgan Geekie was also drafted in the third round, but has now been signed and is trying for a spot with the Hurricanes or their AHL affiliate.
Filip Kral, Ian Scott, Riley Stotts and Eli Zummack sent back to the WHL
Leaf junior cuts today: Bouthillier, Kral, Lalonde, McGregor, Pucek, Scott, Stotts, Zummack; Jesper Lindgren to HPK Finland.
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) September 16, 2018
-The Toronto Maple Leafs also sent some WHL players back. Filip Kral (1999), who was drafted this past June was sent to the Spokane Chiefs. He has reportedly been battling an injury and was limited in the preseason for the Chiefs.
Ian Scott was drafted out of Prince Albert in the fourth round in 2017. If he is not signed by June, he becomes a free agent.
Riley Stotts was drafted this past June and was returned to the Calgary Hitmen.
Eli Zummack was on a try out with the Leafs and has been someone who has interested them for awhile. He returns to the Spokane Chiefs where the prospects of playing on a line with San Jose Sharks prospect Jake McGrew and top 2019 NHL Draft prospect Luke Toporowski should do wonders for his 2019 NHL Draft stock.
Prince Albert trims their roster
Ian Scott has been returned to the Raiders by the Maple Leafs.
In other roster news, the Raiders have reassigned goaltender Brett Balas and released forward Mackenzie Belinski.
— Prince Albert Raiders (@PARaidersHockey) September 16, 2018
With Scott coming back, the Raiders reassigned goalie Brett Balas. They also released Mackenzie Belinski.
Prince Albert Raiders (24)
13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies.
-Brett Balas – 2001 – Goalie – 2016 third round pick.
-Mackenzie Belinski – 2000 – Forward – Originally drafted in the eighth round by the Regina Pats.
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— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) September 17, 2018