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The Checkers should be a deep team come playoff time, with Tuesday’s release of Clear Day rosters doing nothing to change that.

In addition to the bulk of the players on the current roster, forwards Drayson Bowman and Jerome Samson, currently on NHL recall with the Carolina Hurricanes, made the annual 22-man list that defines players who are eligible to compete for the rest of the regular season and playoffs. Assuming the Hurricanes don’t make the postseason, both players should be back in Charlotte at the conclusion of the NHL’s regular-season slate on April 7, if not sooner.

The result is a roster so strong that there wasn’t room for three players who have spent significant time on the AHL roster, namely forwards Justin Shugg and Jared Staal and defenseman Joe Sova. However, the Hurricanes did ensure that Staal made a Clear Day list elsewhere, as they reassigned him to the Providence Bruins on Monday – a win-win situation that keeps him playing while the organization retains his rights.

“He wasn’t going to make our list, so this worked out where there was an opportunity for him to keep playing elsewhere,” said Daniels of Staal, who was a healthy scratch 20 times this season, including the team’s most recent game.

Omitting Shugg and Sova was a tougher choice, though both players are eligible to keep playing at the present moment due to an exception in the rule related to roster emergencies. Since the Checkers named five players that are currently unable to play – Bowman, Samson and an injured group of Riley Nash, Justin Krueger and Rasmus Rissanen – they have just 17 of the 22 players at their disposal as of Tuesday.

“It’s tough every year to pick a list, but you have to go with the guys you think can help you the most,” said Daniels. “It just turns out that with us having a few guys out here, those guys might not even come out for our next game.”

Defensemen Chris Murray (injured) and Brandon Gentile (professional tryout signing), the only other players on the current roster not on the Clear Day list, are also eligible to keep playing for the duration of the emergency conditions, which are defined by overall roster size rather than by individual position.

Other than emergency conditions, the other exceptions to the rule are signed draft choices and players signed to amateur tryout contracts at the conclusion of their junior or college seasons. That makes defensemen Ryan Murphy of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers and Brian Dumoulin of Boston College, among others, still eligible to play.

The Checkers’ completed Clear Day list includes 14 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies. The full group can be found below.

Looks like Jared Staal will be playing with the Providence Bruins for the remainder of the regular season.

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