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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62