HFNHL Canucks: Making the Cut 2013-14

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    With another pre-season in the books, the HFNHL Canucks now know which prospects have made the cut for the 2013-14, at least as far as opening night rosters are concerned.

    Four players who played exclusively in the NHL in 2012-13, once the season actually began of course, consolidated their roles with the club, although only one entered camp with a one-way deal:

    Dougie Hamilton - Was almost certainly a lock, but there was some question after Torey Krug's emergence. It remains to be seen the role Dougie plays this year in Boston.

    Brenden Dillon - A lock in Dallas, after playing much of last year on the first pairing, Dillon will likely begin the year back alongside Stephane Robidas.

    Kyle Palmieri - The only one-way contract among the group, Palmieri re-signed for three years in Anaheim and appears to be in the NHL to stay. Could see time anywhere in the line-up.

    Cory Conacher - Despite a productive rookie year, Conacher had to earn his spot in Ottawa amid considerable competition. Won the job on the second line with Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris.

    Five other players, none of whom broke camp in the NHL last year, all appear to have earned jobs to star the 2013-14 season:

    Beau Bennett - Technically in Wheeling of the ECHL as of today, but once Tomas Vokoun is placed on LTIR will join the Penguins before their season opener. Will likely battle throughout the year with Jussi Jokinen for the privilege to play with Malkin and Neal.

    JT Miller - Despite playing 24 games last year, entered camp with no spot on the Rangers, and also got a late start due to injury. Drew rave reviews in his final few pre-season games and clearly beat out Chris Kreider for a job. Versatile and can play anywhere in the line-up.

    Matt Nieto - Another American forward, Nieto came into camp under consideration for a job, and became a near lock after Raffi Torres went down due to injury. May not be ready to produce offensively in the NHL, but his skating ability is a major asset.

    Joakim Nordstrom - Perhaps the biggest surprise in the entire league, Nordstrom emerged from obscurity to earn a spot on the Hawks' fourth line. Entering his first season in North America, after an unremarkable few years in Sweden, Nordstrom's skating and penalty killing ability impressed Hawks brass. For the moment, he will fill the role played last year by Michal Frolik.

    Alexander Urbom - A yearly mainstay of this list, Urbom has made the Devils in the past, but never sticks around long. This year, as a waiver eligible player, his future is even less clear. Has not developed as hoped, and will likely see waivers at some point.

    Several other players, evidently, failed to earn a spot in the NHL, although at least a few appear to be on the cusp of a quick recall in the event of injuries:

    Johan Sundstrom - Ultimately lost the battle with Brock Nelson, but performed very well throughout camp, including scoring two goals in the pre-season finale.

    Mike Hoffman - Was considered for a spot in the Senators line-up, but lost out to Cory Conacher for a second line job, and failed to force his way on the team like Stephane Da Costa. Cleared waivers and has to hope for a recall soon.

    Jake Allen - According to Bob McKenzie the best goalie in St. Louis camp, but with Halak and Elliott on big one-way deals, Allen is the odd man out for the moment. Will get his opportunity this year if either veteran struggles, and has a one-way deal for 2014-15.

    Harri Sateri - Was theoretically competing with Alex Stalock for the back-up job, but it was evident that, barring a major surprise, Stalock would get first shot. Sateri should see his first NHL action at some point this year. Remains talented but enigmatic.

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