WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland's WHL also waives 20-year-old MacEachern and 17-year-old Swiss center Schwenninger to meet roster limits

As expected, Cody Glass has returned to the Portland Winterhawks after participating in the Vegas Golden Knights training camp.

The return of the 19-year-old for one more season was expected given the depth at forward on the Vegas roster and the NHL club's desire to give its first draft pick a good chance to develop as a team leader.

This will be Glass' fourth season in Portland. He has 79 goals and 144 assists in 201 regular-season games with the Hawks — 102 points (37 goals, 65 assists) last season.

The return of Glass (6-2, 185) means all of the players expected to play in Portland this season are with the Hawks — though Ryan Hughes is still working his way back from offseason ankle surgery.

After dropping close road games at Seattle and Everett last weekend, the Winterhawks visit Spokane on Friday then play their home opener at 6 p.m. Saturday at Moda Center against Seattle.

In other roster news, the Winterhawks this week waived 20-year-old forward Conor MacEachern and 17-year-old Swiss center Dean Schwenninger.

The moves were made to comply with Western Hockey League rules limiting the number of 20-year-old players to three and the number of players from outside North America to two.

The return last week of 20-year-old forward Joachim Blichfeld to Portland from the San Jose Sharks made the moves necessary.

MacEachern, who played 160 regular-season games over three seasons with the Winterhawks, cleared WHL waivers this week and can join another club.

Schwenninger was drafted in the first-round of May's import draft. He had two assists in four preseason games with the Hawks.

Also, 18-year-old rookie defenseman has been assigned to Surrey of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Goalie Evan Fradette, 17, will play for St. Albert of the Alberta Midget Hockey League.

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