They aren't likely to make the big club and are more depth players and/or they are likely to clear waivers and would benefit from playing time in the AHL.
Why waive players who we just signed????
There's also the point of their being only so much room on the Wolves, so they can't send down all their depth players. If everyone wants to play and there is a lockout, they'll have to make arrangements to play in a league outside North America.
Shouldn't Pinizzotto be on that list? He's on a two way isn't he?
I didn't realise the players are actually exposed as per normal waivers, just earlier this year per NHL/PA agreement. I guess the Canucks didn't want to risk him being claimed.