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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.

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STANDINGS

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