Senators News: November 14th

Chris Neil has not joined the team on their trip out west, which is no surprise given his ankle injury

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about a variety of things (link) including comments from Paul MacLean about David Rundblad, “(Rundblad’s) play with the puck has been good, his play without the puck has given us some concern. We’re back to that situation. It’s still a product of a young player learning how to play in the league, but eventually that has to go away.”

The Silver Seven‘s Mark Parisi writes about the team’s ups and downs over the past week (link).  While I agree with a lot of what he says, he inexplicably picks Filip Kuba as having a bad week.  Kuba did not have a bad game and was a plus player in the two loses prior to the win over Toronto.  I also disagree with his minus to Erik Condra (whose play hasn’t slipped) and his plus to Kaspars Daugavins (a -3 against Buffalo; he’s the beneficiary of Condra and Zack Smith‘s play).

Senators Extra‘s Darren Desaulniers rights about Binghamton (link), with Kurt Kleinendorst saying, “What we’ve got is a lot of young players, and when you’ve got a lot of young players it takes a while for those young players to really mature and develop and become good pros.  There’s a process to that, and that’s where we are. I think you could rattle off seven veteran players last year that were our core. This year, we really only kind of have two right now (Mark) Parrish and (Tim) Conboy, and Conboy tends to sit out a lot of games so I don’t even know if I can throw him in there right now.” And “Let’s see, (David) Dziurzynski I thought played well. (Mark) Borowiecki I think played well. You know what, after that I don’t know if I could give you a third guy. (Hamilton) bounced back and we knew they’d have a good effort, and they did. But I don’t think we’re going to win if we only have a couple of guys playing up to their potential. It’s not going to cut it.

The Ottawa Sun has an article on the same topic (link), which is mostly about Corey Cowick, but does include a good quote from Robin Lehner, “It seems we’re taking shortcuts and there’s no shortcuts. All in all this game was brutal … We all have to do some soul-searching here and find a way to win when we get home.”

-Prospect updates (their position in team scoring is noted in brackets, defence compared to defence; I’ve also indicated if the player’s scoring position has change (with a + for up, – for down, and = for unchanged):
Mark Stone (Brandon, WHL) 22-19-27-46 (1st=)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Gatineau, QMJHL) 16-17-13-30 (1st=) 
Shane Prince
(Ottawa 67s, OHL) 15-9-15-24 (3rd=)
Matt Puempel (Peterborough, OHL) 20-13-10-23 (2nd-)
Stefan Noesen
(Plymouth, OHL) 17-5-15-20 (t-3rd+)
Darren Kramer
(Spokane, WHL) 15-9-6-15 (2nd=)
Jakub Culek (Rimouski, QMJHL) 20-4-9-13 (6th+)
Jordan Fransoo (Brandon, WHL) 22-0-4-4 (6th-)
Jakob Silfverberg (Brynas) 19-7-7-14 (4th=)
Fredrik Claesson (Djurgarden) 19-1-3-4 (4th=)
Marcus Sorensen (Boras) 5-1-2-3 (11th)
Mika Zibanejad (Djurgarden) 3-1-0-1 (=)
Ryan Dzingel (CCHA-Ohio State) 11-3-6-9 (3rd=)
Bryce Aneloski (WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 12-1-8-9 (1st=)
Michael Sdao (ECAC-Princeton) 7-4-1-5 (t-1st=)
Max McCormick (CCHA-Ohio State) 4-1-3-4 (injured)
Chris Wideman (CCHA-Miami) 12-1-3-4 (2nd-)
Ben Blood (WCHA-North Dakota) 10-1-2-3 (t-2nd=)
Jeff Costello (CCHA-Notre Dame) 6-0-2-2 (13th)
Brad Peltz (ECAC-Yale) 1-0-0-0 (=)