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McBain Forgoes Senior Season at Wisconsin

Thursday, 03.26.2009 / 1:30 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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McBain Forgoes Senior Season at Wisconsin
Now that his season at Wisconsin is over as the Badgers did not qualify for the NCCA Tournament, defensive prospect Jamie McBain has elected to forego his senior season and begin his professional career with the Hurricanes organization.

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McBain's new contract, a three-year deal, does not begin until next season.  In the meantime, he is expected to sign a professional tryout agreement with Albany of the AHL, where he will spend the rest of this season.  Albany has 10 regular season games remaining.

The Hurricanes chose McBain with the 63rd overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was actually the first player chosen by the team that year, as their first round pick went to St. Louis as part of the Doug Weight trade.

Following that pick, McBain (6’2”, 200 lbs.) went on to have a very successful three years for Hurricanes winger Patrick Eaves’ father, Head Coach Mike Eaves, at the University of Wisconsin. This season, he finished second among all Division I defensemen in scoring, was named the WCHA Player of the Year and is among the final 10 nominees for the Hobey Baker award as NCAA Player of the Year.

For more on McBain, check out our prospect profile story here.

After a season like he had this year, it appears McBain and the Hurricanes both felt he had nothing left to prove at the college level. As an offensive defenseman, he scored seven goals and 30 assists this season. The Canes believe he has the talent to translate that production to the professional level, although blueliners typically take a bit longer to develop. It will be interesting to see what he does with Albany for the remainder of this season.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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