With the rookie tournament a couple of hours away there are lot’s of Senators stories to cover:
-James Gordon writes about the rookie camp and the roster going forward for Senators Extra (senatorsextra.com/feature/ottawa-senators-rookie-camp-day-one-wrap/). He has an interesting quote from Bryan Murray about Mika Zibanejad, “I don’t know that he has to be a second line centre or not, he just has to see if he can be one of 12 forwards if that be the case. It’s a big step. He played in the (Swedish) elite league though, with men and he played well, so I think that we’d like to think our league is better, our team is going to be better than it was last year by a margin and for a young guy to play on it he just has to be able to compete every day and hopefully develop along the way.“ He also has an interesting observation about Andre Peterson, “You can’t really judge a player based on one practice, but Zibanejad wasn’t the guy that jumped out at me most. He got a little fancy with the puck here and there and bobbled it from time-to-time. No, it was linemate Andre Petersson who looked particularly impressive. While small at 5’9 and about 175 pounds, Petersson showed a lot of quickness and an ability to handle the puck with confidence at high speed. He was also an annoying waterbug on a couple of defensive drills, stealing the puck from lumbering defencemen.“
-The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch talked to Tim Murray while naming five-rookies to watch (www.ottawasun.com/2011/09/09/5-sens-rookies-to-watch-3). Garrioch’s five are David Rundblad, Jared Cowen, Mika Zibanejad, Robin Lehner, and Stephane Da Costa. The comments on the latter were the most interesting, given how little I’ve heard from management about Da Costa this summer, “He’s gotten stronger. He’s made sacrifices to be over here: He rented his own apartment and he’s done all the things he can do to make himself better. Now, he can come to camp to show us what he can do. I expect him to have a good camp and a good tournament. If he’s not ready, I want him to show he’s close.“
-Alan Panzeri, writing for The Ottawa Citizen, talks about the chances for rookies at Sens camp (www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/hockey/ottawa-senators/Murray+hopes+ Sens+rookies+tough+position/5379884/story.html). Bryan Murray was noncommittal, but did say he would create spots for rookies if warranted.
-Rob Brodie talked to Bryan Murray about the Sens prospects (senators.nhl.com/ club/news.htm?id=588043&navid=DL|OTT|home), where he echoes Murray’s sentiments in Panzeri’s article above.
-Shane Prince is blogging for the Sens website (fans.senators.nhl.com/community/ blog/1/entry-255-prince-new-experience-familiar-surroundings).
-Former Binghamton Senator Jason Bailey has announced his retirement (www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?=personaDest).
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