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Canes Make Second Round of Cuts

Friday, 09.26.2008 / 10:26 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Make Second Round of Cuts

Last night’s game against Washington had the same result as Wednesday night’s game – a three-goal loss - but the effort was better, and the result more understandable.

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From a win/loss standpoint, all last night’s game really proved is that the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals will have a good chance of soundly beating the Albany River Rats next season.  What the Hurricanes did take from the game are their evaluations of several depth players and youngsters before they made their second round of cuts today.

Again, no real surprises in these cuts.  Higher-profile players expected to start the season with the River Rats, such as Dwight Helminen, Matt Murley, Casey Borer and Brett Carson, are still around in camp.  Good for players like Jerome Samson, Mark Flood, Brett Bellemore and Noah Babin – those not being counted on to contribute to the Hurricanes just yet - that have apparently done well enough to stick around.

Dan LaCouture’s goal last night (disregard the error on the official score sheet – Harrison Reed didn’t even play in the game) was enough for the free agent tryout to stick around as well. 

Even though youngsters Drayson Bowman and Brandon Sutter haven’t set the world on fire in camp or preseason thus far, they’ll continue to get the benefit of the doubt until a later round of cuts, at least, especially with so many Hurricanes regulars nursing day-to-day injuries.  Both had better games last night, as Bowman picked up an assist on Ryan Bayda’s goal, and Sutter drew a penalty leading to the first goal and was improved on faceoffs, winning 9 of 20. 

In addition to those two, Zach Boychuk, still wearing the non-contact jersey at this morning’s practice and unlikely to appear in an exhibition, will continue to take in the camp atmosphere as well.


 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81