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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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  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