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Flyers return 2013 top pick Morin to junior team

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Defenseman Samuel Morin, the Philadelphia Flyers' first pick (No. 11) at the 2013 NHL Draft, has been returned to his junior team, the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Flyers announced Friday.

In five preseason games Morin had a plus-2 rating, four penalty minutes and 10 shots on goal.

The 6-foot-6, 202-pound defender had seven goals, 31 points, a plus-12 rating, 111 shots on goal and 121 penalty minutes last season in 54 games with Rimouski.

The Flyers also placed goaltender Rob Zepp, forward Chris VandeVelde and left wing Jay Rosehill on waivers for the purpose of loaning them to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League.

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The Nashville Predators sent forward Kevin Fiala, their first-round pick (No. 11) in the 2014 NHL Draft, back to HV-71 of the Swedish Hockey League. Nashville also assigned defensemen Johan Alm and Joe Piskula to Milwaukee of the AHL.

The Predators now have 25 players on their training camp roster.

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Vincent Trocheck was one of six players the Florida Panthers sent to San Antonio of the American Hockey League.

Trocheck, No. 47 on the NHL.com Top 60 prospect ranking, had five goals and eight points in 20 games with the Panthers last season.

Also sent to San Antonio were forwards Rocco Grimaldi, Quinton Howden and Drew Shore, and defensemen Alex Petrovic and Mackenzie Weegar.

"All of these players competed very hard over the last two weeks and had excellent training camps," general manager Dale Tallon told the Panthers website. "They are all young and talented players who will be a big part of our organization moving forward. We are very confident that they will help us win now and in the future."

The Panthers also placed defenseman Blake Parlett on injured reserve, leaving the roster at 24 players.

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The Vancouver Canucks assigned forward Hunter Shinkaruk to Utica of the AHL.

Shinkaruk, the 24th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, played the past four seasons for Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League. He was limited to 18 games last season after sustaining a torn labrum in his hip that required surgery.

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The Edmonton Oilers placed goaltender Richard Bachman on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Bachman was 0-2-1 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in three appearances for the Oilers last season. He is 14-12-2 with a 2.95 GAA and .903 save percentage in 35 NHL games for the Dallas Stars and Oilers.

The Oilers training camp roster now stands at 34 players.

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The Minnesota Wild assigned defensemen Jonathon Blum, Justin Falk and Gustav Olofsson, and forwards Tyler Graovac, Michael Keranen, Zack Phillips and Joel Rechlicz to Iowa of the AHL.

The team placed forwards Curt Gogol and Brett Sutter on waivers. They will be assigned to Iowa on Saturday if they clear.

The Wild now have 27 players on their training camp roster.

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The Calgary Flames assigned forward Michael Ferland and defenseman Patrick Sieloff to Adirondack of the AHL. The Flames also assigned forward Morgan Klimchuk, the 28th pick in 2013, to the Regina of the WHL.

The Flames now have 30 players on their training camp roster.

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The Detroit Red Wings assigned goaltender Tom McCollum and center Louis-Marc Aubry to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

McCollum, 24, was the 30th pick of the 2008 NHL Draft. He has played one NHL game, during the 2010-11 season.

The Red Wings also placed forwards Anthony Mantha and Andy Miele on non-roster injured reserve. Mantha sustained a broken right tibia Sept. 15. According to MLive.com, Miele is recovering from Sept. 3 surgery for a sports hernia.

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The St. Louis Blues have released defenseman Ryan Whitney from his professional tryout.

Whitney, 31, played seven NHL games last season for the Florida Panthers. The fifth pick in the 2002 draft has 50 goals and 259 points in 481 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Panthers.

The Blues also recalled forward Cody Beach from their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

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