Binghamton Senators Sign Two Blueliners

According to the Binghamton website (www.binghamtonsenators.com/news/topnews/ index.html?article_id=1112) blueliners Bobby Raymond and Josh Godfrey have signed AHL contracts with the club.  The undrafted Raymond was part of the Binghamton team that won the Calder Cup last year (playing in nine games), while Godfrey (a former Washington draft pick) spent most of last year with South Carolina in the ECHL.  The signings give the organisation some depth in case of injuries or trades.

Bobby Raymond, D, Contract: AHL
Undrafted, 5’11, Shoots L, YOB 1985, Lucknow, Ont
2009-10 France 26-4-6-10 26pim
2010-11 ECHL 72-8-26-34 68pim

Raymond is an NCAA (RIT) grad who lead the ECHL in plus/minus last year.  [A note about Raymond: when not playing in Binghamton he’ll play with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, not Elmira.]

Josh Godfrey, D, Contract: AHL
2-34 2007 (McPhee), 6’1, Shoots R, YOB 1988, Collingwood, Ont
2009-10 ECHL 29-5-11-16 20pim
2010-11 ECHL 49-15-12-27 24pim

Godfrey was a member of Canada’s 2008 WJC team, but hasn’t been able to find a permanent home at the higher pro levels.  Here’s what Hockey Futureshad to say in their talent analysis: “Godfrey’s calling card coming out of was his Al MacInnis-like slapshot. His defensive game was patchy at best and would need refining at the pro level if he was ever to be a competent NHL defenseman. Godfrey’s development has been slowed by injury during his first two years with the Capitals – which have limited him to parts of two seasons spent mostly with South Carolina in the ECHL. When on the ice, Godfrey has begun to use his stick handling skills and skating ability more often as well as remaining a threat from the point, particularly on the power play, with his shot. He is still figuring out positional play and situational awareness. Despite his size, he is
not an especially physical player but is a better than average skater for a big man” (http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/josh_godfrey).

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