Ottawa Rookies 4 Pittsburgh Rookies 0

The first game of the rookie camp is in the books and the Ottawa Senators prevailed over Pittsburgh’s rookies 4-0.  As expected, the game was sloppy and the pace slow as players got used to their linemates.  Robin Lehner started for Ottawa, while Patrick Killeen was in goal for the Penguins.  The broadcast on Rogers wasn’t terrific, as the guys calling it had difficulty figuring out who the Sens were, but I expect that to improve as the tournament goes on.

The Ottawa scratches: Jordan Fransoo (healthy) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (injury); nothing was said about Wacey Hamilton in the broadcast, so I assume he was a healthy scratch
The Pittsburgh scratches: Simon Despres, Robert Bortuzzo, Zach Sill, and Kevin Veilleux

Ottawa Forward Lines (these were fairly consistent throughout the game)
Puempel-Da Costa-Stone

Defence Combinations (these became inconsistent after the first period)

First Period
1. Ottawa, Derek Grant (Corey Cowick, Mark Borowiecki)
Stefan Noesen actually made the pass to Cowick
2. Ottawa, Corey Cowick (Derek Grant)
Noesen touched the puck prior to Grant
Shots: Ottawa 16, Pittsburgh 12
Ottawa Penalties: Cowick took a dumb boarding call
Second Period
No Scoring
Ottawa Penalties: Caporusso took a hooking call off a faceoff
Fights: Borowiecki fought Alex Grant after levelling Paul Thompson (short fight without many punches landed); Kramer fought Jessey Astles (another short fight with virtually no punches landing)
Shots: Ottawa 11, Pittsburgh 9
Third Period
3. Ottawa, Corey Cowick (Mark Stone)
4. Ottawa, Andre Petersson (unassisted)
Mika Zibanejad and David Rundblad should have received assists on the goal
Shots: unknown (the building did not keep a shot count, but the broadcasters at Rogers did–however, they did not show it for the third period)
Ottawa Penalties: Gryba took a hooking call trying to prevent a goal
Other stats: the Sens were good on faceoffs, although Rogers didn’t show the final numbers

Player Performances
* I tracked scoring chances and they are included in brackets next to the player’s name
Derek Grant (3) – to my mind the best forward on the team; excellent passing (Cowick should have had a hat-trick), great shot, and was good on faceoffs
Corey Cowick (5) – scored and was physical
Shane Prince (6) – didn’t wind up on the scoresheet, but was excellent throughout
Mika Zibanejad (4) – reminded me of development camp where he provided a mix of dominance with trying to do too much (there are only so many between-the-legs moves he needs to make in a game)
Stefan Noesen (3) – his line scored three goals and he had a couple of great chances (including missing an empty net on the powerplay)
Stephane Da Costa (4) – largely invisible in the first period, he was much better afterward and had some great chances
Andre Petersson (3) – was good and played more physical than expected
Mark Stone – (3) enjoyed a solid game creating chances
Matt Puempel (2) – didn’t stand out
Louie Caporusso (0) – he took a dumb penalty, but worked hard and was strong on faceoffs
Darren Kramer (0) – tried to be physical and in-your-face, but didn’t accomplish much
Jakub Culek (2) – missed an empty net and nearly set up a Penguin goal

David Rundblad – although he was guilty of a couple of turnovers, overall he was excellent (the Rogers broadcast team thought he was the best player on the ice besides Lehner)
Mark Borowiecki – threw the two biggest hits of the game and was good defensively
Jared Cowen – solid defensively and physically
Eric Gryba – physical and responsible; showed a little offensive flash during the 4-on-4 in the third period
Patrick Wiercioch – mostly invisible, but made a couple of great passes
Josh Godfrey – struggled defensively and didn’t accomplish much

Robin Lehner – fantastic

I would expect Fransoo to play instead of Godfrey tomorrow, along with Machovsky starting instead of Lehner.  If Pageau can play then I’d guess Culek will sit, while if Hamilton plays I’d think Kramer will sit.

For a different perspective on how players performed, Senshot‘s Tony Mendes analysis is here:

Sens TV has four post-game interviews posted ( console?catid=1196&id=122640&navid=DL|OTT|home) with Stephane Da Costa, Corey Cowick, Kurt Kleinendorst, and Robin Lehner.

Both Shane Prince ( and David Rundblad ( have written about the game.

Video highlights are available on TSN (


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