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McClement was credited with an assist in Monday's win over the Maple Leafs.

The checking-line center has noticed an unexpected surge in production lately, registering assists in three of his last four games. However, with only three shots on goal during that stretch and his continued presence in a bottom-six role, there's not much to get excited about here.

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McClement posted an assist -- just his sixth point of the season -- in Sunday's win over the Bruins.

McClement will never be a big scorer, but he's one of the more reliable faceoff men in the league with a 55.6% win rate, and he kills a lot of penalties, leading the team in shorthanded ice time per game of 2:32. None of this adds up to much fantasy value, of course, but it shows why he's more of an asset to the Hurricanes than to hockey poolies.

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McClement (illness) is on the ice for pregame warmups and looks like he'll play Tuesday against the Canadiens.

McClement centered Carolina's fourth line during pregame rushes, with Brad Malone and Justin Shugg flanking him on the side. It appears as though the gastrointestinal issue that forced him out of the team's morning skate has subsided.

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McClement is dealing with an illness and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.

McClement was unable to take part in Tuesday's morning skate due to the illness. The Hurricanes will decide whether or not he will play shortly before the first puck is dropped.

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McClement scored the team's lone goal, his first of the season, in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Red Wings.

McClement now has five points on the season, averaging more than 14 minutes per game. He's a useful player for the Hurricanes, but there isn't much upside from a fantasy perspective.

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McClement registered his third point of the season during Tuesday's 6-4 win over Dallas, assisting on Jeff Skinner's second period goal.

Make no mistake - McClement is a workhorse, and is worth more to the Hurricanes as a durable, dependable, checking-line center than he is to fantasy owners. He doesn't excel in any one statistical category, but he sees extensive time on the PK, leading the team in shorthanded ice time per game (2:40) and is one of only four Canes players to post a positive plus-minus rating this season (+1). Bottom line, if you're in a fantasy league that somehow rewards players who kill penalties and keeps the other team's best forwards in check, McClement is your guy. Otherwise, avoid.

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McClement registered an assist during Friday's 6-3 loss to Edmonton - just his second point of the season.

McClement's job is not to add offense, but to shut down the opposing team's best skaters. So, on a night when he's busy trying to keep guys like Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in check, the fact that he was able to crack the scoresheet is impressive. Still, from a fantasy standpoint, don't expect him to crack the 20-point barrier this year - something he hasn't done in the past five seasons.

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Coach Bill Peters says he is still auditioning linemates to play alongside McClement this season, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "All I know is I'm looking for somebody who can play with Jay McClement, on either side, be a responsible player, and play against the best players in the league," Peters said. "Whether that's a third-line checking line, or if I miss on a matchup they're my security blanket, I don't know that yet. We need a responsible line that's basically our template on how to play. They do it right each and every night. �JMac' and two others."

When McClement signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent in July, he was expected to fill a similar role to the one he played last season in Toronto - be a defensively responsible fourth-line center, play with hustle and energy, win faceoffs and kill penalties. However, now that Jordan Staal is out 3-4 months with a broken leg, it sounds like Peters is looking at him with more of a third-line role in mind. That said, it's difficult to imagine him seeing significantly more ice time than the 15 or so minutes he's averaged over the past two seasons. Bottom line, scoring goals will not be high on McClement's to-do list this season, which keeps his fantasy value fairly low in most formats. Best to avoid him outside of deeper leagues which count faceoffs won and penalty-kill minutes as stat categories.

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Jay McClement is projected to serve as the Hurricanes' fourth-line center in 2014-15.

McClement will also help kill penalties after inking a one-year, $1 million contract. "I take pride in penalty killing," said McClement, an alternate captain for the Leafs. "That's been a big part of my role wherever I have been. Special teams can win games, and penalty killing can be the difference in winning and losing games." He obviously has no fantasy value in standard leagues though.

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Jay McClement signed a one year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday evening worth $1 million.

"Jay is a veteran centerman who is proficient in the faceoff circle," said Canes' GM Ron Francis. "He'll also provide elements of consistency and leadership for our club." The 31 year old veteran also spent an abundance of time killing penalties for Toronto last season, and is a big, blue-collar forward who can help Carolina improve their play in their own zone.