The Edmonton Oilers cut off Quebec forwards Raphaël Lavoie and Xavier Bourgault on Thursday.
Lavoie will report to the Bakersfield Condors in the American League, while Bourgault was sent to the QMJHL with the Shawinigan Cataractes.
Six other attackers were ceded to the Condors (Devin Brosseau, Matteo Gennaro, Dino Kambeitz, Kirill Maksimov, Ostap Safin, Tim Soderlund), as well as defender Yanni Kaldis.
As a result of those cuts, there are now 43 players left in training camp for the Oilers.
The Alberta team will resume action on Friday against the Seattle Kraken.
Lavoie was selected in the second round (38th overall) in 2019. Last season, he had 10 points in 19 games in the American League.
As for Bourgault, he was selected in the first round (22nd) in the last draft.
Jean-François Bérubé wins his bet
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jean-François Bérubé has accepted a two-part, one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Quebecer had been invited to the Ohio team’s training camp and sufficiently impressed the club management. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, however.
In two preseason games, the 30-year-old Repentignois blocked 31 of the 32 shots he faced, even shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins on 20 shots on Monday.
Bérubé played 34 games in the National Hockey League, between 2015 and 2018, with the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks. He maintained a 9-10-4 record.
Since then, the goalkeeper rolls his bump in the American League and spent the 2020-2021 campaign in the organization of Reign of Ontario, the school club of the Kings of Los Angeles. In 19 games, he was 7-9-2 with a 3.39 goals against average and .885 save rate.