The Blue Jackets have finalized their 23-man roster for the season opener in Nashville.
Boone Jenner and Tim Erixon were the two cuts made by the club today, head coach Todd Richards announced late this morning. The team did not hold a formal on-ice practice today at Training Camp presented by OhioHealth, instead conducting team meetings and off-ice workouts to get the energy level back up for tomorrow's skate.
In Jenner's case, he will return to the OHL's Oshawa Generals and be their No. 1 center and go-to player in virtually all situations. Upon his recall to Blue Jackets camp, Jenner was among the OHL's leading goal scorers and was fresh off representing Canada at the World Junior tournament for the second consecutive year.
Erixon, acquired from the New York Rangers in the Rick Nash trade this summer, heads back to Springfield (AHL) to play big minutes on the blue line for head coach Brad Larsen. Richards said it wouldn't surprise anyone if Erixon was recalled to the Blue Jackets in the near future, but for the time being, he wants Erixon logging important minutes for a Falcons team that has played well all season long.
"They both deserve to be here, whether it's right or whether it's wrong," Richards said. "We talked at length the other day about how you're really going to need the depth of your organization, and talking with both players, they're obviously disappointed and that's what you want. But we're going to need them (both) at some point.
"Timmy's got to go to Springfield and be the best defenseman down there."
Here's how the Blue Jackets could line up in Nashville:
*Starting goaltender has not been named.