BOSTON - As the Bruins took off from Beijing following their 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, general manager Don Sweeney met with various players who had remained stateside to inform them of their future with the organization. With 21 players coming from China to rejoin camp in Boston, roster cuts needed to be made.
Wiley Sherman, Brett McKenzie, Tanner Pond, Austin Fyten, Olivier Galipeau, Joel Messner, Alex Sakellaropoulos, Cedric Pare, Daniel Bukac, Kyle Keyser, Marcel Noebels and Mark Fayne were returned or assigned back to juniors, to P-Bruins training camp, or in search of another opportunity.
A few players from Bruins Training Camp pres. AT&T will continue their stint in New England down in Rhode Island. Wiley Sherman was assigned to the Providence Bruins, while Olivier Galipeau, Tanner Pond, Brett McKenzie, Austin Fyten, Joel Messner and Alex Sakellaropoulos will all report to the P-Bruins camp.
Sherman is the lone draft pick from the group, selected in the 5th round of the 2013 NHL Entry draft. The 23-year-old graduated from Harvard in the spring and has since dedicated his full efforts to improving as a player. Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco provided a blueprint for what he can do to make an impact at the professional level.
"He moves around pretty good for a big body," said Sacco. "He's going to have to be hard to play against…He's going to have to be a player that uses his size. There is no question he has a long reach. He's going to have to use his length out there, his stick effectively in the defensive zone and be hard on the opposition's forwards. Make it uncomfortable for those guys when they're around the net or in the corners."
Tanner Pond and Austin Fyten made an impact in the Bruins preseason victory over the Washington Capitals, with Pond engaging in a fight and Fyten notching the primary assist on Zach Senyshyn's first goal.
Cedric Pare and Daniel Bukac were returned to their junior teams, and Kyle Keyser was assigned to the Oshawa General.
Pare will be heading to the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL after spending two full seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs. The 2017 6th round pick recorded 13 goals, 24 assists for 37 points in 60 games for the Sea Dogs this past season. The 19-year-old center possesses impressive size, standing at 6-foot-3, and will look to build his game in his third year in the QMJHL.
Daniel Bukac will be adjusting to a new league, as the Bruins 2017 7th round selection heads to the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL after spending two seasons in the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Czech-native appeared in 111 games for the Wheat Kings over two seasons, accumulating 25 points and a +4 rating.
Kyle Keyser heads off to the Oshawa Generals for his fourth season with the OHL club. The Florida-native has improved in each season with the Generals, boosting his save percentage in his first season in the high-offense OHL from .880 to .904 in 2017-18. Keyser participated in last summer's Bruins development camp as a camp invite but was later signed to an Entry-Level Contract. The 19-year-old impressed at this year's rookie tournament, stopping 35 of 37 shots in the tournament opening victory.
Marcel Noebels and Mark Fayne have both been released from their professional tryout agreement's.