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Training Camp Report: Sept. 18

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets made their first roster moves of training camp as the club assigned six players to their junior teams and released defenseman Jonathan D'Aversa from his amateur tryout, team President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Monday. The Blue Jackets training camp roster now currently includes 56 players.

The following players were assigned to their respective junior clubs today: goaltender Steve Mason (London/Ontario Hockey League), right wing Jared Boll (Plymouth/Ontario Hockey League), right wing Robert Nyholm (Kingston/Ontario Hockey League), left wing Tom Sestito (Plymouth/Ontario Hockey League), and defensemen Adam McQuaid (Sudbury/Ontario Hockey League) and Jesse Dudas (Prince George/Western Hockey League).

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After the Jackets' 2-0 win over Nashville on Sunday night, the Jackets returned to the arena for practice this morning. The team that played vs. Nasvhille on Sunday night, had the late practice, which started at 10:45 a.m. The early practice began at 9 a.m., with the two teams split between the IceHaus and the main ice at Nationwide Arena.

Anders Eriksson and Bryan Berard were paired together for drills most of the morning, while Sergei Fedorov centered a line with Rick Nash and David Vyborny in a transition drill. The trio looked cohesive and moved the puck with speed and precision.

MEET THE 'CHAMELEON': Anson Carter was on display at practice this morning, skating in front of fans at the Dispatch IceHaus in preparation for his debut as a member of the Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo on Tuesday night.

"It is always tough coming into a new situation," Carter said. "From Doug MacLean all the way down, everyone in the Blue Jackets organization have done their best to make me feel welcome here."

Carter arrived in Columbus yesterday, skating with the team in the morning and watching Sunday night's game with a group of his teammates.

"It's great to be out there. Even though it is just an exhibition game, it is a good way to set some good habits for the season. It is very important. You are not going to win the Stanley Cup in September, but you can put a lot of the building blocks in place.

"Right now our team's goal is to get in the playoffs."

How will Carter help the team get there?

"I am a chameleon. It all depends on whatever the line I am playing on is looking for. Last year I played with Danny and Henrik (Sedin Twins in Vancouver) and they wanted a guy to hit the holes and complement them. Other times I have been the driving force of a line. It really depends.

"I like to think I can make my winger and my centerman better and help hold everyone accountable."

Carter's experience and leadership is something that will certainly help the Jackets in 2006-07.

"I just want to be one of the guys in the top-six and push the guys every single day," Carter said. "I think it is important to the team as a whole to have guys that will continue to push you. You can't be satisfied. We can't look at our record last year and look at our past, just keep looking forward.

"There are a lot of good things going on in this dressing room right now. If we stay healthy, we are going to surprise a lot of people."

ON DECK: The Jackets will face the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Carter will make his CBJ debut vs. the Sabres, as the Jackets disclosed their roster for Buffalo on Monday. Carter will be joined by David Vyborny, Eric Boguniecki, Janne Hauhtonen, Joe Motzko, Jaroslav Balastik, Mark Hartigan, Jody Shelley, Geoff Platt, Rick Nash, Philippe Dupuis and Sergei Fedorov to round out the forwards.

In the blueline, Anders Eriksson, Jamie Pushor, Ron Hainsey, Filip Novak, Marc Methot and Mark Flood will play in front of goalies Fredrik Norrena and Ty Conklin.

The Sabres advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals last season before bowing out in seven games to the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes.

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