The Lightning made their first round of cuts on Wednesday. The team released three players from their tryouts and returned three forwards to their junior teams.
Gabriel Fortier, the 2018 second round pick, has been assigned to Baie-Comeau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he spent the last three years.
Maxim Cajkovic, a third-round pick this year, returns to St. John, also in the QMJHL. He played there last year, the Slovakia native’s first year in North America.
Quinn Schmiemann, this year’s sixth-round pick, heads back to Kamloops of the Western Hockey League, where he played last year.
The Lightning released forward Eli Zummack and defensemen Louis Crevier and Cody Donaghey. The team still has 56 players in training camp.