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Tuesday Cuts: Six Hopefuls Remain

Tuesday, 09.22.2009 / 11:03 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Tuesday Cuts: Six Hopefuls Remain
After making five cuts on Tuesday, there are only a handful of players still remaining that are not locks for the NHL roster.

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Those include top young prospects Zach Boychuk, Jamie McBain and Brandon Sutter, and veteran hopefuls Patrick Dwyer, Jay Harrison and Michael Ryan.

Of that group, it was a little bit surprising to see McBain, who is about to begin his first full NHL season, stick around longer than Brett Carson and Bryan Rodney, who both earned a few games of NHL experience last season. However, General Manager Jim Rutherford said not to read into that, as McBain has only appeared in one exhibition game and the team simply wanted a longer look at a player who is in his first NHL training camp following three seasons at the University of Wisconsin.

“From the rookie camp to where he is now we can see improvement,” said Rutherford of McBain. “We just wanted to give him a little bit more time, and he’ll eventually go to Albany.”

While he’ll also likely start in Albany, it appears that the 26-year-old Harrison has taken the inside track to becoming the team’s seventh defenseman and first call-up from Albany should the need arise. Rutherford said that he has played “extremely well” in each of the team’s two exhibition matches.

Ryan sticks around despite suffering what Rutherford believes is a concussion very early in last night’s 4-2 loss in Atlanta. He’s listed as day-to-day.

Also headed back to Albany today are young forward Drayson Bowman, who played his first exhibition game of the season last night on a line with fellow forward prospects Boychuk and Sutter, along with depth forward Steven Goertzen and third-string goaltender Justin Peters.

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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