Last night’s game against Washington had the same result as Wednesday night’s game – a three-goal loss - but the effort was better, and the result more understandable.
From a win/loss standpoint, all last night’s game really proved is that the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals will have a good chance of soundly beating the Albany River Rats next season. What the Hurricanes did take from the game are their evaluations of several depth players and youngsters before they made their second round of cuts today.
Again, no real surprises in these cuts. Higher-profile players expected to start the season with the River Rats, such as Dwight Helminen, Matt Murley, Casey Borer and Brett Carson, are still around in camp. Good for players like Jerome Samson
, Mark Flood, Brett Bellemore
and Noah Babin – those not being counted on to contribute to the Hurricanes just yet - that have apparently done well enough to stick around.
Dan LaCouture’s goal last night (disregard the error on the official score sheet – Harrison Reed didn’t even play in the game) was enough for the free agent tryout to stick around as well.
Even though youngsters Drayson Bowman and Brandon Sutter haven’t set the world on fire in camp or preseason thus far, they’ll continue to get the benefit of the doubt until a later round of cuts, at least, especially with so many Hurricanes regulars nursing day-to-day injuries. Both had better games last night, as Bowman picked up an assist on Ryan Bayda’s goal, and Sutter drew a penalty leading to the first goal and was improved on faceoffs, winning 9 of 20.
In addition to those two, Zach Boychuk, still wearing the non-contact jersey at this morning’s practice and unlikely to appear in an exhibition, will continue to take in the camp atmosphere as well.