Senators News: November 23rd

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan writes about the return of Matt Carkner (link), with Brennan talking about how the big blueliner played with the injury last year, “For a month and a half, he played with a bum knee, sometimes getting it drained right before a game. His effectiveness dwindled.”  Paul MacLean talked about David Rundblad and Brian Lee, stating the obvious, “The biggest part for that is Rundblad’s play without the puck struggled. Brian Lee went in and played real well, and the team played well. The team continued to win, and Brian Lee’s play didn’t go down. It elevated. He played the way he needed to play, and over this last stretch of the time, Brian Lee has been a better player, so he was in the lineup. And for those two guys, that’s the way it’s going to be.”

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Wayne Scanlan thinks Craig Anderson‘s personality has been key to helping the Senators win (link), referencing his first game with Ottawa last year.  Scanlan might have had a point last year, but given that he included no comments or quotes from teammates or management about it I don’t put much stock into it (if anything, Anderson‘s mouth was getting him into trouble earlier in the season)

Sports Illustrated‘s power rankings are out (link), with Ottawa 23rd (just like all the other rankings), Adrian Dater adding, “They’ve been better than many thought, but even while playing over their heads a little, they’re still just a .500 team. The recent return of Daniel Alfredsson has spurred them to snare at least a point in their last four games. I probably should have ranked these guys a little higher here, but you know once you start to buy into a team like this, things often immediately go the other way.”

-Joy Lindsay Tweets that Tim Conboy has returned to practice (link)

Red Line Report‘s latest issue is out with an updated list of 2012’s top prospects (with the position changes noted; for the previous go here link).  RLR has become disappointed with this year’s crop of draftees, saying “The injuries [to top prospects], combined with some pretty uninspiring performances from the prospects we were counting on to fill in from the late-1st through the mid-2nd rounds, have the scouting community shaking its collective head.  What had been perceived as a strong draft year is suddenly looking somewhat barren.”
1. Nail Yakupov (Sarnia, OHL)
2. Ryan Murray (Everett, WHL) (+1)
3. Filip Forsberg (Leksand, Sweden) (+2)
4. Henrik Samuelsson (US NTDP, USHL) (+1)
5. Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec, QMJHL) (+4)
6. Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw, WHL) (+4)
7. Matt Dumba (Red Deer, WHL) (+5)
8. Zemgus Girgensons (Dubuque, USHL)
9. Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia, OHL) (-2)
10. Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton, WHL) (-4)
11. Sebastian Collberg (Frolunda, Sweden) (+2)
12. Olli Maatta (London, OHL) (-1)
13. Nick Ebert (Windsor, OHL) (-9)
14. Pontus Aberg (Djurgarden, Sweden) (+1)
15. Damon Severson (Kelowna, WHL) (+14)
16. Slater Koekkoek (Peterborough, OHL)
17. Jacob Trouba (US NTDP, USHL) (-3)
18. Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) (+5)
19. Jordan Schmaltz (Sioux City, USHL) (+1)
20. Derrick Pouliot (Portland, WHL) (-3)
21. Cody Ceci (Ottawa 67s, OHL) (+3)
22. Martin Frk (Halifax, QMJHL) (-4)
23. Brendan Gaunce (Belleville, OHL) (+3)
24. Andrey Vasilevski (Salavat, KHL) (+10)
25. Oscar Dansk (Brynas, SEL) (+35)
26. Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph, OHL) (+21)
27. Teuvo Teravainen (Jokerit, Finland)
28. Radek Faksa (Kitchener, OHL) (+8)
29. Colton Sissons (Kelowna, WHL) (+6)
30. Eric Locke (Barrie, OHL) (-9)
Five players fell out of the top-30 this month: Matia Marcantuoni (#31, -12), Calle Andersson (#35, -13), Chandler Stephenson (#37, -12), Jarrod Maidens (#53, -23), and Troy Bourke (#54, -26).  Here’s the movement among former top-30 players: Luca Ciampini (#50, -11), Patrik Machac (#51, +2), Scott Laughton (#58, -26), and Ryan Olsen (#59, -19).