The Calgary Hitmen released forwards Issac Reid and Ian Schultz yesterday to get down to a 27-man roster.
"We fully expect Ian to be a big part of our team next year," Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said. "But he deserves and needs more ice time."
Brodie Dupont, 19, was also returned to the club by the New York Rangers.
The Hitmen open the season Friday at home against Red Deer.