by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators reduced their roster to 28 players on Tuesday, when 15 players were assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, and another three were sent to their respective junior teams in the Canadian Hockey League.
Nick Foligno, 18, the Senators' 2006 first-round draft pick, is among the group of players leaving training camp. While obviously disappointed at being cut, the Buffalo, N.Y., native will take plenty of experience from the camp back to his Ontario Hockey League team, the Sudbury Wolves.
"Nobody likes to be let go, but I'm happy to have had this experience," Foligno said before leaving Scotiabank Place. "To play with such high-skilled players and see where they are and how they have developed, I'll be able to bring that back to my (Wolves) teammates and, hopefully, help them reach this stage. I had a great camp, it was so much fun. I learned a lot."
After another season in Sudbury - where his father, former NHLer Mike Foligno, coaches him - the younger Foligno is looking forward to making an even better impression in the Senators' camp next year.
"I'm expecting a lot of myself. This year I was the new kid on the block and I kind of just took everything in. I'll be stronger and more mature next year."
Defenceman Neil Komodoski will be among the 15 skaters participating in Binghamton's training camp, which starts tomorrow. The 24-year-old is motivated to keep playing his best.
"Obviously, this is the best job in the world. It's kind of disheartening to be let go but you just have to go (to Binghamton) and work hard and show you can contribute at this level. This is a tough team to crack."
After a practice with the remaining players in camp on Tuesday at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata, Ont., Senators head coach Bryan Murray spoke about what was said to the re-assigned players before they left Ottawa.
"It's always disappointing to the players. I hope they learned something while they were here. We told the guys this morning that we tried very hard to get them into as many games as possible. We learned we have some real prospects here."