–Bruce Garrioch writes about the plight of NHL goalies looking for work in Europe.
While NHL players continue to flock overseas with the lockout heading into its second week, there haven’t been any goalies [except Henrik Lundqvist] that have made the jump and they may be the ones who have the toughest time finding work in the next few months.
In the short term this isn’t a big issue, but if the lockout drags on for months goaltenders who don’t land somewhere may have conditioning issues.
–Scott Burnside isn’t going to let the lockout prevent him from posting power rankings for ESPN. The Senators are 17th on his list and he writes:
It’s possible last season’s surprise vault into the playoffs where they narrowly failed to knock off the top-seeded Rangers was a blip on the radar. But Paul MacLean, a Jack Adams nominee as coach of the year, is the real deal and so is Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson.
-With junior seasons underway it’s time for weekly prospect updates. The NCAA season has yet to start, but everyone else is in action.
Cody Ceci (OHL Ottawa) 2-1-4-5
Matt Puempel (OHL Kitchener) 2-3-0-3
Stefan Noesen (OHL Plymouth) 2-2-0-2
Jordan Fransoo (WHL Victoria) 2-0-0-0
Jarrod Maidens (OHL Owen Sound) injured
Chris Driedger (WHL Calgary) 2-0-0 1.50 .938
Francois Brassard (QMJHL Quebec) 2-0-0 2.00 .933
Mikael Vikstrand (Mora) 4-3-0-3
Nikita Filatov (Salavat) 6-2-3-5
Jeff Costello (Notre Dame) – junior year upcoming
Michael Sdao (Princeton) – senior year upcoming
Bryce Aneloski (Nebraska-Omaha) – junior year upcoming
Max McCormick (Ohio) – sophomore year upcoming
Ryan Dzingel (Ohio) – sophomore year upcoming
Tim Boyle (Union) – freshman year upcoming
Robbie Baillargeon (Indiana) – committed to Boston University
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)