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The Hurricanes have announced the opening night roster for tomorrow’s home tilt against the Bolts. There’s a bit of intrigue to it. Ryan Murphy, the highly touted 2011 first round draft pick, survived the final round of cuts and was kept on the roster. Strangely, he’ll be a healthy scratch for opening night. The expectation was that he would play in the first nine games, then get sent back to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL as if nothing had happened. If he plays fewer than 10 games, his newly signed contract will roll over until next season.
My money was on forward Riley Nash to survive the final cut and make his NHL debut this week. That’s going to have to wait. Frankly, I’m at a loss as to why the Hurricanes would keep Murphy around just so they could scratch him.
On Thursday, the Hurricanes trimmed their training camp roster to 24 by sending 12 players to Charlotte of the American League. The group of twelve includes Zach Boychuk, who was projected to make the final round of cuts. Instead it was former Oilers first round pick Riley Nash who has ended up as the thirteenth forward on the depth chart.
Although the league allows a roster of up to 23 players, Carolina will not carry more than 22. The final cuts will be from the blue line.
Boychuk played in 23 games for the big team last season and in 31 the season before that. He was expected to make the big team out of camp last fall, but Jeff Skinner exceeded everyone’s expectations and stole the roster spot from him. Boychuk would later say that he wasn’t as prepared as he should have been. He worked hard this summer and he arrived to training camp early, hoping to get up to speed and impress the coaches. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to impress the coaches. From what I’ve heard and read, he didn’t look good in any of the scrimmages or pre-season games.
On Monday, the Charlotte Checkers wrapped up a two game set with the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) with a blistering 10-3 win. They lost a tough one on Sunday 3-2 against the same team, but the retribution was swift and hard. There were nine different goal scorers and fifteen different players tallied at least one point.
The second period was an absolute explosion, in which the Checkers scored eight goals. In a span of 101 seconds, they scored four.
Crunch starting goaltender Timo Pielmeier was yanked early in the second after he had allowed a total of four goals, including two in 21 seconds. Backup netminder J-P Levasseur was terrible in relief, giving up two goals in his first 1:34. He was chased and Pielmeier was put back in for the rest of the game. He gave up four more to finish with eight goals against.
Newcomer Brett Sutter joined the fun, scoring his first professional goal. Riley Nash was the only player with two goals. The only skaters who did not register a point were Casey Borer, Drayson Bowman and Bryan Rodney.
Mike Murphy went the distance in nets for the Checkers. They’ll be off for the next three days before hosting two games (Friday, Sunday) against the defending Calder Cup champs Hershey Bears.
In a summer filled with a little bit of drama, a little bit of mystery, and not much action here in Carolina, Riley Nash has put an end to some of the mystery. Today, he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Hurricanes, deciding to forgo his senior year at Cornell.
The rookie contract will pay him $1.85M spread over three seasons at the NHL level and also features a signing bonus of $262,500. At the AHL level, Nash would make $65k in all three seasons of the two-way deal. Details of the signing are here.
The talk around Raleigh has been that both Nash and the 2010 first round pick Jeff Skinner could make the big team’s roster. Since Matt Cullen was traded away at the trading deadline and Rod Brind’Amour retired, the Canes have a sudden lack of depth down the middle. This will give Nash, Skinner and a bunch of the Checkers an opportunity right away.
I’d say that most Canes fans are happy about this development, this will probably upset some people in Ithaca. And Edmonton.
Carolina’s prospect conditioning camp ended on Saturday, and there was supposed to be some news coming out of that. Folks in Raleigh and also in Ithaca are awaiting word from Riley Nash about his plans for the fall. The big center could return for his senior season at Cornell, or he could turn pro. He repeatedly turned down pro contracts from the Edmonton Oilers, who drafted him in the first round of the 2007 Entry Draft. He indicated that he wanted to play in the NHL or stay in college, and he knew that his chances of making the big team were slim and none. After Carolina traded for him at the Entry Draft this summer, he said that his options were open.
At the start of last week’s prospect conditioning camp, the Kamloops native said that he would declare his intentions at the conclusion of camp. Canes assistant coach Ron Francis has been on the job, throwing his weight around in effort to convince the 21-year old to turn pro. Nash’s coaches at Cornell aren’t trying to dissuade him from leaving; they’re simply reminding him about the benefits of staying.
The Edmonton Oilers grew tired of waiting for their 2007 first round draft selection Riley Nash to come around. He committed to playing (and, ostensibly, studying) at Cornell University, much to the chagrin of Oilers staff and fanbase. They finally shed him to the Hurricanes on draft day, and he seems to be having a slightly different attitude now. He’s suggested that he’s at least considering forgoing his Senior year at the Ivy League school for a career in the NHL. Whereas he used to say that he didn’t consider the option in Edmonton, he’s giving it some thought in Carolina. Although his decision can technically wait until at least April of 2011, he has said that he’s not going to keep anybody guessing.
Nash has joked that he’s going to hold a LeBron-esque press conference to announce his intentions. Seriously, though, he’s said that he’s not going to keep anyone in the dark. By this time next week, we will know whether the promising center will finish his college degree or turn pro. Ron Francis has made his wishes abundantly clear, and I would have to think that this will have some influence on the young man’s decision.
The Hurricanes entered the 2010 Entry Draft with a league-high eleven picks. Although they didn’t make a big move to parlay some of the three second rounders into an additional first rounder, they were busy making trades with those draft picks. I’ll analyze the draft selections later. For now, I’ll give a rundown of the trades that brought a forward prospect, a free agent forward prospect and a defenseman who may be NHL-ready.
Full details after the jump