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Canes Make Second Round of Cuts

Friday, 09.26.2008 / 10:26 AM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45