The AHL announced Clear Day rosters today. Each team was allowed to list 22 players (generally 20 skaters and two goaltenders) who are eligible to play in the remaining regular season games, and the Calder Cup playoffs.
The Clear Day policy is full of loopholes and special circumstances though, all of which benefit the teams. Clear Day lists do not include potential Junior and NCAA players who may join the AHL squad at the conclusion of their respective seasons, as Justin Faulk and Rasmus Rissanen did in 2011. Additionally, there is also a residency list of players that can be used in the case of injury and call-ups to NHL squads by the 22 clear day roster players.
Yesterday, in advance of the Clear Day announcements, the Checkers “loaned” Jared Staal to the Providence Bruins for the remainder of the season. His rights still belong to Carolina, and the Checkers received nothing in return for Staal, who is in the second year of his three-year entry level contract. Based on the roster in Charlotte, it’s highly unlikely that he would have made the clear day “cut”, especially considering players such as Sean Dolan, who was initially signed to a try-out contract out of the ECHL, and Justin Shugg who started the season in Florida have out performed youngest Staal.
For the full clear day roster, and a great explanation of the process, check out Paul Branecky’s piece.
The most interesting names on the Checkers Clear Day roster include Jerome Samson and Drayson Bowman, both of whom are currently recalled by the Hurricanes. Also, Sean Dolan made the cut, which is an impressive and well-deserved accomplishment.
Also on the Clear Day list include injured defensemen Justin Krueger and Rasmus Rissanen, and forward Riley Nash.
Potential end-of-season additions to the Checkers include the following Hurricanes prospects, who can all join the AHL team once their NCAA or Junior season has concluded (this is just a few of them, there are many more I could list!):
Austin Levi – An American-born defenseman who is currently playing for the Plymouth Whalers, Levi turned 20 last month and will be trying to make the Hurricanes roster next fall out of camp. The Whalers have clinched first in their division, and could have a long playoff run ahead of them.
Ryan Murphy – The Hurricane’s first-round pick in 2011, Murphy almost made the NHL out of camp. He currently plays for the Kitchener Rangers. While he is still 18 (until the end of the month), at the conclusion of his playoffs in the OHL, he could join the Checkers for the Calder Cup playoffs.
Brian Dumoulin – Dumoulin is in the final semester of his Junior year at Boston College, a school that makes it to the Frozen Four what seems like almost every year. Another Defenseman, the Hurricanes have high hopes for this Maine native.
Brody Sutter – Because two Sutters in the Hurricanes organization aren’t enough, they drafted Brody in the 7th round in 2011. Should this centerman come to the Checkers following his season in Lethbridge, he will join his first cousin and team captain, Brett Sutter.