WITH four exhibition games still to play the Winnipeg Jets sharply whittled their list of roster candidates on Friday.

The team dropped 11 players including Steinbach native Ian While a veteran defenceman with more than 500 NHL games on his resume.

White was in training camp on a tryout.

"We've seen some things from our young players and our young players have shown they look like they are capable... we want to take a look at our own people" Jets coach Claude Noel said after the day's two practices.

"We'll go in that direction."

Reassigned were forwards Austen Brassard Blair Riley J.C. Lipon Jason Jaffray John Albert Kael Mouillierat and Will O'Neill defencemen Cody Sol and Brenden Kichton and goalie Jussi Olkinuora.
All will report to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps.

The moves leave the Jets with 37 players in camp including 12 defenceman.

The total also includes forwards Adam Lowry Andrew Gordon and Chris Thorburn who are again cleared to practise after being injured

As well left-winger Eric Tangradi has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day and goalie Michael Hutchinson is away from the team temporarily for family reasons.