Jamie McBain should feel at ease in the Canes' locker room tonight. After all, it may look a lot like the Albany River Rats' room.
Around the defenseman will be Jay Harrison and Brett Carson, Patrick Dwyer and Zach Boychuk, not to mention Brandon Sutter. All were with the Rats at some point this season.
Harrison, recalled by the Canes on March 3, played a nice chunk of the season with McBain in the AHL and believes McBain is more than ready.
"It's great to see him get his first opportunity," Harrison said of McBain, who is expected to make his NHL debut tonight against the Boston Bruins. "It's probably the first of many, because he's such a talented young player and he's been playing well down there.
"He's incredibly poised for a young defenseman. He's a very mature young man, on and off the ice. He controls the puck, he controls the play, and he's not intimidated by older guys or playing against the other team's top line. I think he'll have no problem making the adjustment."
Harrison said he's sure the coaches and older players will have some soothing, reassuring words to make McBain feel comfortable. Harrison noted Canes coach Paul Maurice was his coach with the Toronto Marlies when Harrison made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005-2006 season.
"He just said to take everything in and enjoy every single moment," Harrison said. "Take in all the sights, all the sounds. Just enjoy it, go play and have some fun."