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Several first-rounders such as Etem, Bennett go on waivers

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Tuesday’s waiver list was an eyebrow-raiser because Jordan Nolan was on it. The elevation of such eyebrows seemed justified once the Buffalo Sabres snatched him up today.

If Wednesday’s waivers share a theme, it might be failed (or at least struggling) first-round picks.

Emerson Etem, Beau Bennett and Stefan Matteau were all first-rounders. Bennett (20th overall) and Etem (29th) were both selected in 2010, while Matteau was the 29th choice in 2012.

Ty Rattie just barely misses that theme; he was a second-rounder in 2011, yet was very close to going in the first as the Blues made him the 32nd pick. Landon Ferraro falls into a similar spot: 32nd overall, only in 2009.

Here’s the full list, via TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

It will be interesting to see if teams decide that some of these guys are worth a very minor gamble.

Bennett, 25, ranks among those getting some hype:

His development was stunted by injuries, particularly during his days with the Pittsburgh Penguins, so perhaps Bennett is one of those guys who can turn things around.

For some, it sure seems like their NHL careers might not really pan out.

Back with the Blues: St. Louis re-claims Rattie off waivers

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Ty Rattie is back in the St. Louis Blues organization.

As you’ll recall, the Blues waived Rattie in January. He was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes, had two assists in five games with that club and was then put back on waivers Saturday.

According to reports on Sunday, the Blues re-claimed Rattie, the 24-year-old forward with 10 points in 35 career NHL games. He’s originally a second-round pick of St. Louis from the 2011 draft.

He has since been reassigned to the Chicago Wolves in the AHL.

The Blues sit third in the Central Division, eight points behind Chicago and five points ahead of Nashville. They host the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Meanwhile, Sabres defenseman Taylor Fedun has cleared waivers and has been reassigned to Rochester in the AHL.

Waiver wire: Hurricanes waive Rattie, Sabres waive Fedun

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The NHL’s waiver wire had two names on it¬†Saturday afternoon when the Carolina Hurricanes waived forward Ty Rattie and the Buffalo Sabres waived defenseman Taylor Fedun.

Rattie was claimed by the Hurricanes on waivers from St. Louis back in January and only appeared in five games with the team. He did record two assists. Those are his only two points this season at the NHL level in nine games between the Blues and Hurricanes. He has not appeared in a game for the Hurricanes since Jan. 23 when he played 12 minutes against the Washington Capitals.

A second-round pick by the Blues in 2011, Rattie has four goals and 10 assists in 36 career NHL games.

Fedun, meanwhile, lost out on a numbers game in Buffalo with the return of Cody Franson from injury.

Fedun, playing for his fourth different organization in the past four years, he appeared in 25 games this season for the Sabres and has recorded seven assists while posting some excellent possession numbers. He hasn’t received a ton of playing time during his career but when he has been given an opportunity he has represented himself quite well, already recording 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 37 NHL games as a member of the Oilers, Sharks, Canucks and Sabres since the start of the 2013-14 season.

If he does not get claimed he will be assigned to Rochester of the American Hockey League.

‘Canes waive Nestrasil

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After claiming Ty Rattie from the Blues and getting Elias Lindholm back from injury, Carolina has placed forward Andrej Nestrasil on waivers.

From the club:

Nestrasil has logged 17 goals and 31 assists (48 points) in 137 NHL games from 2014-17. Carolina claimed Nestrasil on waivers from Detroit on Nov. 20, 2014, and he has since played in 114 games with the Hurricanes over parts of three seasons.

Nestrasil has recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 18 games this season, but has played just twice since Dec. 10 and has been a healthy scratch in 22 games.

After being picked up from Detroit, Nestrasil was a fairly good contributor for the ‘Canes. He scored seven goals and 18 points in 41 games while averaging over 14 minutes per night in his first campaign, which led to Carolina signing him to a two-year, $1.85 million extension.

The 25-year-old had his ’15-16 season cut short due to a fractured vertebrae, but still managed to post career highs in goals (nine) and points (23). As mentioned above, he was in and out of the lineup this year as Carolina had more options at forward, most notably with additions like Rattie, Lee Stempniak, Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho.

Blues ready to face ex-mate Rattie, ‘a pretty angry guy with something to prove’

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In a weird twist, Ty Rattie won’t have to wait long for a shot at revenge.

Rattie, who was waived by the Blues on Tuesday and claimed by Carolina on Wednesday, will be in a unique spot tonight — the ‘Canes are in St. Louis, meaning his first game with his new team is also his first game against his old team.

“We’re going to be dealing with a pretty angry guy with something to prove,” Blues d-man Kevin Shattenkirk said, per NHL.com’s Lou Korac. “Good for him for hopefully getting a chance now to move on and make a name for himself.”

Rattie was cut loose by the Blues after failing to establish a regular spot in what was, to be fair, a pretty competitive lineup. He hadn’t played since Nov. 29 and, all told, appeared in just four games this year for the Blues, registering no points.

He also played three more on a conditioning stint in the AHL, registering one assist.

The 32nd overall pick in the 2011 draft, Rattie was once a highly touted prospect. He put up huge numbers in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks, and he continued to produce after he graduated to the AHL.

And that pedigree could be why he’s getting such a big shot in Carolina.

The ‘Canes wasted little time showcasing their new asset on Thursday, giving him morning skate rushes on the top line with Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask.

That’s the kind of chance Rattie simply didn’t get in St. Louis — while Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said Rattie was a “good player” and “good solider” during his tenure, Rattie needed this kind of opportunity, one he wasn’t going to get wearing a note on his chest.