The Halifax Mooseheads made what will likely be their final cut on Thursday, dispatching 17-year-old winger Luke Warner to the junior A ranks.
Warner, selected in the 12th round (197th overall) in June’s draft, had one assist and 11 penalty minutes in five QMJHL pre-season games and made a good impression on the Mooseheads’ staff with his agitating style and willingness to stand up for his teammates.
The arrival of highly touted Czech winger Martin Frk forced Warner off the roster despite his good camp and pre-season.
The five-foot-nine, 190-pound Amherst native will report to the Maritime Hockey League’s Bridgewater Lumberjacks.
The Mooseheads are left with 25 players: Three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.
The only situation that has not yet been resolved is in goal, where 20-year-old over-ager Peter Delmas is expected to turn pro or be traded to another QMJHL team.
Delmas, a former Colorado Avalanche second-round draft choice, will attend the Montreal Canadiens’ rookie camp from Sept. 13 to 16 at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Que.
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