Ian Schultz and Michel Ouellet were among the big losers Wednesday as Hamilton Bulldogs coach Sylvain Lefebvre trimmed his training camp roster to 29 bodies.
Schultz, who was acquired from St. Louis along with Lars Eller in the 2010 trade for Jaroslav Halak, took a step backward in his career when he was sent to Wheeling of the ECHL. Conditioning has been a continuing problem for Schultz, who was being challenged by Zach Stortini and Kyle Hagel for the tough guy role with the Bulldogs.
Joe Stesjkal, a rookie from Dartmouth College, AHL journeyman forward Stefan Chaput and forward Olivier Fortier are also headed for Wheeling while Michigan State forward Daultan Leveille was assigned to San Francisco of the ECHL.
Ouellett, who played two seasons for Canadiens coach Michel Therrien in Pittsburgh, was among nine players released outright. The 30-year-old has been out of the NHL for three seasons but he was viewed as an insurance policy because of his experience.
The Bulldogs released four other forwards who were on tryouts _ Spencer Bennett, Kyle Rank, Zack Torquato and Brendan Ranford. Defencemen Cody ild and Sebastien Owuya and goaltenders Scott Darling and Cody Reichard were released, They were all in camp on tryouts.
There are nine defencemen still in camp with three tryout vying for the seventh spot. They are Etienne Boutet from Rimouski; Kevin Gagne, who was Nathan Beaulieu’s teammate in Saint John and Antoine Corbin, a Granby native who has been playing in Medicine Hat.
The 29 remaining will leave Sherbrooke Thursday for the second phase of the training camp in Trenton, Ont.