Say what you will about the Blues' 0-3-1 record during this preseason; it seems to be making the decision of who to cut easier on Ken Hitchcock. After last night's 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars in Kansas City, the Blues sent five guys down to the Chicago Wolves. Per the press release:
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has assigned five players to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Chicago Wolves, including forwards John McCarthy, Philip McRae and Ty Rattie, along with defenseman Brent Regner and goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Blues now have 33 players remaining in training camp.
The only borderline surprise in there was Rattie; this means, of course, that Robby Fabbri is still up with the squad, as are Dmitrij Jaskin, Joakim Lindstrom, Peter Mueller, and Chris Porter. That leaves 18 forwards fighting for 13 (probable) roster spots, and I do not envy Hitch his last couple rounds of cuts.