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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
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13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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