Nashville Predators Training Camp: 19 Players Cut Today

Zach Budish heads to Milwaukee for his first full professional season. - Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

The Nashville Predators today announced their first round of roster cuts, scattering 19 players in various directions and trimming the current group to 42 ahead of Sunday's pre-season game against the New York Islanders.

From the Preds' statement:

Reassigned Felix Girard (Baie-Comeau, QMJHL), Mikko Vainonen (Kingston, OHL) and Tommy Veilleux(Victoriaville, QMJHL) to their junior teams

Assigned Taylor AronsonAnthony BitettoZach BudishCharles-Olivier Roussel and Josh Shalla to Milwaukee (AHL)

Released Barry Almeida, Paul Crowder, Kayle Doetzel, Sebastian Geoffrion, Eric Levine, Michael Moffat, Cody Reichard, Teddy Ruth, Vinny Saponari, Mathieu Tousignant and Allen York from tryout agreements.

None of these players were expected to contend for NHL roster spots this season, but the focus will narrow over the next two weeks as the team must pare down to 23 players. Remember to keep in mind the issue of waiver eligibility as the more difficult decisions get made closer to the October 3rd regular season opener...

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