Canucks send whack of Utica Comets on their way

The Vancouver Canucks made their first cuts of the 2019-20 pre-season.

Utica Comets' captain Carter Bancks, is from Marysville, B.C., Utica Comets

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The Utica Comets’ roster is taking shape.

The Vancouver Canucks demoted 13 players to their AHL affiliate on Tuesday; none of the names are a surprise.

Forwards Carter Bancks, Dylan Blujus, Carter Camper, Tanner Sorenson, Wacey Hamilton, Dylan Sadowy and Dyson Stevenson, and defencemen Stefan Leblanc, Mitch Eliot, Zach Frye, Matt Petgrave and Aaron Thow, plus goaltender Jake Kielly, are the first group of players to be farmed out.

Most of the demoted are AHL veterans, though both Eliot and Kielly are young, although long-shot prospects for the Canucks.

The Canucks also sent Carson Focht (Calgary), Ethan Keppen (Flint), Arturs Silovs (Barrie) and Jett Woo (Calgary) back to their junior clubs. Will Warm, who will play this season for the WHL’s Victoria Royals, was at Canucks camp on a tryout deal but has been released.

There are still 46 players in camp with the Canucks, who face the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night before playing the Oilers back in Edmonton on Thursday and the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Players will report to the Comets on Sunday, with their first on-ice session on Monday.

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