-Jakob Silfverberg, Mike Hoffman, Patrick Wiercioch, Mark Borowiecki, Andre Benoit, and Robin Lehner have been called up to Ottawa to participate in training camp. Ben Blood, Daniel New, Jack Downing, and Marc Cheverie have been brought up from Elmira to fill out Binghamton’s roster.
-Binghamton lost 3-2 to Adirondack in what was a pretty lifeless game for the B-Sens until they started the comeback (they were down 2-0 through the mid-point of the game). Ben Bishop took the loss (the shootout was brutal for both sides), while Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Borowiecki provided the goals. Here’s the box score and the highlights.
-The B-Sens play Norfolk (14-17-3) tonight; the Admirals are lead by Peter Holland (31 points) and backstopped by an even rotation of Frederik Andersen (7-9-1 2.45 .924) and Igor Bobkov (7-10-0 3.41 .896).
-Elmira won 3-2 in OT last night with Ben Blood notching the winner with his first professional point; Dustin Gazley had two points and Daniel New and Louie Caporusso picked up singles among B-Sen signees; Marc Cheverie earned the win. Elmira faces Evansville again tonight. Brad Peltz had no points in Trenton’s 3-1 loss.
-The 6th Sens offer 48 thoughts about the Sens which I recommend you read in full, but I do have a few thoughts: I disagree with their dislike of an expanded playoff format (hopefully they have a more rational reason for disliking the expansion than Luke Fox did); I agree wholeheartedly that the only scenario in which Sergei Gonchar gets traded is if the wheels come off and the Sens are tanking; kuddos for the Mattias Karlsson reference; I don’t think the Sens should expect any favours from the schedule-makers; I agree that missing the playoffs this season wouldn’t be a terrible thing (particularly with such a strong draft forthcoming).
-Apparently the number five is a significant one for those writing about the Sens as Bruce Garrioch has his own five-point list: 1. Can Paul MacLean continue to be effective? 2. Can Erik Karlsson have another Norris-worthy season? 3. Will age catch up to Daniel Alfredsson? 4. Will the time off hurt Craig Anderson? 5. Will the roster changes pan out?
It’s a reasonable group of questions which can only be answered once the season is over, but I’ll take a stab at prognostication: 1. Paul MacLean will remain a good coach irrespective of the team’s record, 2. Erik Karlsson can have another Norris-like season, but I’m not sure he’ll approach the same stratospheric statistics, 3. Age is catching up to Alfredsson, but I think he’ll continue to be effective, 4. Anderson has struggled with consistency irrespective of time off, so he might struggle, but I’m not sure that would be the cause, 5. It will be a mixed bag–some changes will be good, some won’t pan out.
-Varada seems to think Ottawa would get decent assets for Sergei Gonchar, Peter Regin, and Guillaume Latendresse…if “decent” means 6th and 7th round picks, he’s on to something.
-TSN‘s pre-season power rankings have Ottawa 13th:
The forward lines could get a boost from the addition of winger Guillaume Latendresse and rookie RW Jakob Silfverberg and the bulls-eye will fall squarely on D Erik Karlsson, who exploded for 78 points last season. Ottawa’s blueline depth could be an issue, particularly with Jared Cowen out for the year, so that’s a situation worth monitoring.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)