-Things are slow in Sens land so Mark Parisi jumps into lineup speculation and wonders about who plays RW on the Sens’ second line. He has a long list of suggestions and off the top Mika Zibanejad makes the most sense, but camp will ultimately make that determination (there’s no chance Mike Hoffman or Jean-Gabriel Pageau gets that spot).
-The gang at Senshot engage in prospect speculation and collectively suggest Shane Prince, Mark Stone, Codi Ceci, and Matt Puempel are prospects to watch, to which I can only say: thanks tips!
-Luber talked to Mark Stone about this past season and his comments were interesting:
It’s [playing pro] different hockey. The guys are bigger, they’re stronger, they compete harder…it’s a different game. Sometimes in junior, you can get away with taking a night off but in pro hockey, you can’t do that. You have to bring your best every single night. We had a really good team the first half, and I wasn’t playing as much in the role that I wanted but I learned what it takes to play both ends of the game. Towards the end of the season, got put more into a scoring role and really was playing a top-six role over the last 20 games or so and was able to start producing. You saw what happened with us on July 5th [MacArthur, Ryan, Alfredsson, etc], so there’s a lot of opportunities for young guys to step in and play pretty big roles. I know they’re going to give me an opportunity, it’s just a matter of me taking advantage of it or not.
It’s interesting that Stone was unhappy not playing in the top-six to start his career in Bingo, but seems to have taken the positives from that experience. I don’t think he has a realistic shot to make the NHL roster this upcoming season however.
-Chapin Landvogt takes a look at the Swedes taken in this year’s draft, but other than mentioning the Sens two picks has nothing to say about them. I’ll answer his puzzlement over why neither Viktor Arvidsson and Lucas Wallmark were taken: the former is a small (5’9), which worries teams who can simply taken him for free (as a FA) if he becomes an established pro in Sweden, while the latter’s skating is considered atrocious.
-Elmira, Ottawa’s ECHL affiliate, re-signed a number of players including Artem Demkov, who left mid-season to play in the DEL. I bring this up for two reasons: 1) clearly Elmira was okay with him jumping to Europe, and 2) it’s interesting to see how a top ECHL talent performs in Germany (not particularly well, netting 1 assist in 14 games).
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)
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