Tracking the Storm

Another Round of Cuts

Sunday, 09.28.2008 / 6:37 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Another Round of Cuts
The Canes made their third round of cuts following Sunday afternoon's win vs. Philadelphia.

Junior forward Drayson Bowman is heading back to his Memorial Cup champion junior team in Spokane, while Matt Murley, Jakub Petruzalek, Jerome Samson, Noah Babin, Brett Bellemore, Casey Borer, Brett Carson and Mark Flood head to camp in Albany.

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Bowman entered camp with an NHL contract and a shot to make the team, but will definitely benefit from another year of development on a great junior team.  Before camp, Ron Francis said the most important thing for Bowman to do now is to keep the right attitude.

"If he doesn’t make our club and he goes back to juniors with the attitude that ‘I don’t have to work,’ and ‘Things are going to be fine, I’ll just do it next year,’ you waste a year of your development," said Assistant GM Francis before camp.  "If you go back with the attitude of “Hey, they made a mistake, they shouldn’t have sent me back, I’m going to show them they’re wrong and I’m going to get up there,’ I think ultimately that’s going to be a quicker path for you."

So hopefully, Bowman is ticked.

The big winner in this round of cuts is defenseman Bryan Rodney.  His strong game against Philadelphia this afternoon likely earned him another few days in Raleigh, as Casey Borer and Brett Carson both caught an earlier flight to join the River Rats.

Rodney, discovered by the Hurricanes when he was brought in to Albany from Elmira of the ECHL as an emergency replacement (you thought the Hurricanes had flu problems last year), the Canes were eager to see him at the NHL level before camp and, apparently, have liked what they've seen.

Also notable among those still left at camp are free agent tryouts Dan LaCouture and Jeff O'Neill, forwards Joe Jensen, Dwight Helminen and Trevor Gillies, and junior forwards Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter.

Sutter, who along with LaCouture has played in every preseason game, is coming around after a slowish start to the exhibition slate.  Sunday's game, his fourth in five days, was arguably his best.

“The more you see him the more you like him for what he brings to the table," said Laviolette of Sutter.  "A lot of times young players come in and their job is to score or they’re gifted players and you really have to work with them on the defensive side of the game, especially at this speed and the size of the players. 

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He seems to be very well-equipped to handle the game defensively, and he’s done a great job.  He’s played four games in five nights and tonight was an excellent game for him.  If he was going to fade you thought that he might have petered out tonight, but he didn’t.  He was very workmanlike and the PK was excellent, and he was a big part of that.”


 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72