Senators News: September 25

Today’s Sens news:

-The Sens roster for tomorrow’s game is out (link):
Forwards: Alfredsson, Regin, Greening, Smith, Butler, Neil, Parrish, Locke, Cowick, Grant, Dziurzynski, Hoffman, Zibanejad
Defensemen: Cowen, Phillips, Lee, Rundblad, Carkner, Gryba, Karlsson
Goaltenders: McKenna, Auld

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan wrote about Robin Lehner (link), who had some interesting things to say about his situation with the team: “I had a year last year where I kept on saying to all you guys, when you all had the same question to me … ‘how are you feeling, you’re up here, you’re not playing games, it’s not good for your development’… I think that was the story of Robin Lehner last year. It was (that) I was not getting development. And I always said the same thing to you. I’m getting better here than I am down there.” And “A lot of that experience, getting faster … obviously it’s a little bit better shots up here. Better shooters. And when you get into practice habits with these guys, then you go down, if you take away the mental factor about being sent  down, you actually come down more of a faster goalie. I think that practice did lots for me. That’s part of my development. Obviously, playing 60 games in one of the best leagues in the world, that can’t be bad either. But every year, I’ve always took a step. From one team, going to the higher team, then to junior, then the AHL and then last year too, I went a little earlier than my plan to come up here … I wouldn’t want to come down from what I had last year. That’s just a dream of mine, because I try to move forward … We’ll see if I can get 60 games down there and some up here, I would be happy with that too. But my dream is here. I believe (playing in the NHL would be best for me) but I also believe the organization knows a lot more than I know. I’m 20. I’ve been over her for 2 1/2 years now. I know there’s a lot of cases where they (call) up goalies that are too young, and it goes down for them. Every person is different. I don’t think I’m that kind of goalie. There’s a lot of goalies that went like that, and I understand they have to be careful.

-In the same article Brennan quotes Nikita Filatov about his pre-season, “I think it’s more about how you play right now, how you get into the system. For example, last year I had a really good pre-season. I scored four goals or something in six games. So it doesn’t pretty much mean anything.”  Wise words in terms of how we should view exhibition performances.

-Joy Lindsay has an expansive article about Kaspars Daugavins (link); among many other things, the winger talks about his decision to return to North America, “I just didn’t want to regret anything in my life after it if I didn’t use the chance to play in NHL again. It was really hard decision, but new coaching staff and new guys (in Ottawa), so I thought I would maybe give a shot here and do my best to make NHL and then go from there.

SenShot‘s Tony Mendes with a belated review of last night’s game (link).  He writes that Chris Neil, Jared Cowen, and David Rundblad were the top players for Ottawa, with Patrick Wiercioch being the worst.

The Hockey News‘ Darryl Dobbs looks at dark horse candidates for the Calder (link) and includes an interesting comment on David Rundblad, “Ottawa’s David Rundblad was my favorite at one point, but questionable play on the defensive side of the puck in the rookie and main camp has me wondering if he’ll play half the year in the American League.”  Calgary’s Paul Byron, incidentally, is his dark horse.

-ESPN’s Victoria Matiash has a mock draft for fantasy poolies (link), which includes Craig Anderson in the 8th round of selections, Erik Karlsson in the 11th, Jason Spezza in the 14th (“As for the few forwards selected, there were a few curious mutterings in regard to the choice of Jason Spezza.  Some worried about the abuse his plus-minus would take, but [Pierre] Becquey was adamant in defending the move.  “With ATOI [average time on ice] a consideration, no matter how bad the Senators get, you can count on Spezza to play about a period every game,” Becquey said.  “He was top 20 in the category last season, and only two such players were available in the 14th round.  Maybe Spezza plays only 60 games again this year, but he’s the perfect guy to plug in while, say, Ryan Kesler or Alexander Semin misses time.”), and Sergei Gonchar in the 15th.

-The ESPN staff also has a list of fantasy sleepers and busts (link), including Craig Anderson as a potential sleeper.

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