WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets released 20 players and sent them to the American League farm team in St. John's today, among them veteran forwards Jason Jaffray and Marco Rosa.
ďItís all difficult,Ē head coach Claude Noel said of the decisions. ďEspecially when I deal with people that Iím close to, such as the players that played for me last year (with the Manitoba Moose). Itís a tough day. A Jason Jaffray, you feel for. A Marco Rosa, you feel for.Ē
First-round draft pick Mark Scheifele, to no one's surprise, survived the second cut, as did Derek Meech of Winnipeg and Paul Postma, two of the more impressive young defencemen in the preseason games.
The Jets, with 36 players still in camp, play two final preseason games, both at home, tomorrow and Friday, after which the roster will be cut down to around 25 players.
Others sent to St. John's today: forwards John Albert, Akim Aliu, Kevin Clark, Mike Forney, Riley Holzapfel, Eric O'Dell, Shawn Weller and Shayne Wiebe, defencemen Ben Chiarot, Mark Flood, Arturs Kulda, Julian Melchiori, Travis Ramsey, Zach Redmond and Cody Sol plus goaltenders Chris Carrozzi, Peter Mannino and Edward Pasquale.