Whitley and Fyten were released. The other seven were assigned to their junior clubs. Tomas Tatar is the lone junior-eligible who remains.
"He (Tatar) is a good junior kid," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "I don’t know if we’re going to play him in junior or the American League. He should probably play in junior and really light it up. He looks like he’s got a real nose for the net."
Tatar said that he will play in North America this season and not return to his native Slovakia.
There are now 36 players on the roster including injured Darren Helm and Andreas Lilja.