Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier and Ryan Murphy survived the first round of cuts from Team Canada this morning. So has 2012 draft eligible Ryan Murray. All four will dress in tonights last game against University players before the last cuts are announced tomorrow morning.
Forwards going back to junior are Portland Winterhawks left wing Brad Ross, Brendan Gallagher of the Vancouver Giants, centre Joey Hishon and winger Garrett Wilson of the Owen Sound Attack, Medicine Hat Tigers centre Linden Vey and Chilliwack's Ryan Howse. Right winger Reilly Smith was also released and sent back to Miami University of the CCHA.
Brayden McNabb of the Kootenay Ice and Owen Sound's Jesse Blacker were the only defencemen to be let go.