Senators Player Profile: Colin Greening

This is the sixth in a series of profiles on each player for the Ottawa Senators.

Colin Greening, C/LW, Contract: 0.816,667/14 (UFA)
Drafted 7-204/05 (Murray), 6’2, Shoots L, YOB 1986, St. John’s, NL
2009-10 NCAA 34-15-20-35 31pim
2010-11 AHL 59-15-25-40 +12 41pim (6 fights), NHL 24-6-7-13 +2 10pim TOI 15:05 Hits 56

An off-the-board draft pick out of Upper Canada College, Colin Greening was a long term project who spent a year in the BCHL before moving on to Cornell in the NCAA.  Finishing his senior year both as captain and the student-athlete of the year, he signed his one-year ELC and joined the organisation.

Sent to Binghamton, it took Greening about a month to settle into the lineup (in October he was -3, scratched once, and had two points in eight games).  From that point on his game really picked up and in February he was recalled to the Senators.  Greening quickly won the confidence of coach Cory Clouston and was used extensively.  He also enjoyed some notoriety after beating Antoine Vermette‘s fastest skater record and narrowly losing to Matt Carkner for the hardest shot (http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/ Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2011/02/21/pf-17359446.html; you can listen to former Player Operations director Brent Flahr talk about how Greening needs to improve his skating back in 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLjL4DrdtMI).  When the Senators’ season came to an end Greening was sent back to Binghamton to help them in their Calder Cup run.  There wasn’t much left in the tank and Greening could not keep up his production (22-1-4-5).  Nevertheless, he earned a three-year, one-way contract (which he discusses on May 19th here http://www.facebook.com/TEAM1200).

Greening is built like a tank.  Randy Lee says he’s the closest to Zdeno Chara’s physique he’s seen (June 28th, http://www.team1200.com/default.asp).  While he’s a physical player, he doesn’t throw many big hits like  Chris Neil. Greening’s speed and work ethic make it easy to slot him anywhere in the lineup.  It’s difficult to say where his offensive numbers will settle, but given how difficult he is to handle in front of the net I could see him putting up 25-30 points with 10 goals.

Greening’s Hockey Futures profile: www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/colin_greening
Greening’s NHL goals: http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlp=8471862&fr=false
Greening puts the body on Dainius Zubrus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsKBzBnT9QQ and in the next game they played each other Zubrus tries to decapitate him video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlg=20102011,2,1058& event=OTT549

Next up is Brian Lee.