Boston Bruins

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: (L-R) Don Sweeney and Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins attend the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Halfway through their six-game preseason schedule, the Boston Bruins used a Sunday off-day from on-ice activities to make their first round of cuts from the team’s training camp roster.

Starting at the top of the organizational depth chart, the Bruins assigned defensemen Axel Andersson and Wiley Sherman to Providence. Andersson and Sherman both appeared in just one of the Black and Gold’s three preseason tilts, and neither managed to record a point.

The 19-year-old Andersson, drafted with the No. 57 overall pick in 2018, had five assists and a plus-5 rating in 41 games for Sodertalje SK (Sweden) last season. Sherman, meanwhile, is set to begin his second full season with the P-Bruins after recording two goals and five points in 52 games for Jay Leach’s squad a year ago.

The team also announced that Samuel Asselin, Chris Breen, Alexey Solovyev, Brendan Woods, and Cooper Zech will report to P-Bruins training camp. Among that group of five, Breen and Zech were the only to appear in any of Boston’s preseason games this camp. Breen logged over 17 minutes in the Bruins’ preseason opener against the Devils, while Zech logged 17:34 in the team’s Thursday victory over the Flyers.

(98.5 The Sports Hub’s 2019-20 Bruins roster projection, version 1.0)

The difference between ‘assigning’ in the case of Andersson and Sherman and ‘reporting’ like the other five is a slight language variation that really comes back to the fact that five who will report are on AHL-only deals. This means that they cannot be reassigned or recalled to the Big B’s without signing an NHL contract.

The Bruins will continue their preseason on Monday night against the Flyers at TD Garden.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.