Senators News: December 14th

Milan Michalek suffered a concussion last night, but the Sens don’t believe the injury will keep him out long term.  With Michalek out, Bobby Butler slides back into the lineup

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan looks at the troubles Butler has had this season (link), with Paul MacLean’s concern that he isn’t shooting the puck enough.  As Brennan points out, Butler has scored in only one game this season.  It’s great that MacLean likes his work ethic, but he wasn’t signed to be an energy player.  Butler says his problem is “I’m just not getting the puck … not shooting enough. I’ve been trying to do all the little things … if I’m not getting the puck I can’t shoot it … a little bit of everything.”  Unpacking that a little, Butler is saying he isn’t being set-up enough to get shots.

-Rob Brodie writes for the Sens website about Sergei Gonchar (link), who said “When you’re young, you want to have everything right away. During the game, you want to do things right away. Sometimes, when you’re a defenceman, you’re trying for the big hit or you’re trying to jump (up in the play) and your timing is not always good. So when you’re patient and you’re waiting for that moment to come, you’ll have that chance. But being patient when you’re young is probably the toughest thing to do.”

Sports Illustrated‘s power rankings are out with Ottawa 24th (link), with Adrian Dater adding, “The slow fade in Canada’s capital has begun. Coach Paul MacLean’s team is 3-4-3  in its last 10. Having veteran defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba would  help turn things the other way, but each remains out a few more days with injuries. It would also help if Craig Anderson? who signed a pretty expensive four-year deal last year? could get his saves percentage over 90 percent and goals-against under 3.40.

-As expected, Sens prospect Mark Stone made the World Junior roster

Hockey Futures‘ named Stone their prospect of the month (link), saying in part, “During this past November, he supplanted Emerson Etem (ANA) of the Medicine Hat Tigers atop the WHL scoring derby. On two occasions this season, Stone has been named the WHL Player of the Week. Stone has scored 11 power play goals and added a pair of shorthanded markers. Five of his tallies have been game winners. The 19-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba was a beast during November with 14 goals and 15 assists in 14 games. On the season, Stone has compiled 65 points in 33 games. The 6’3, 195-pounder played in one of the Subway Super Series games against Russia, skating with Wheaties teammate Michael Ferland (CGY) and Mark McNeill (CHI) of the Prince Albert Raiders to produce perhaps Team WHL’s most effective forward line. The trio earned invitations to Team Canada’s Selection Camp for the upcoming WJC, although McNeill and Ferland were among the first group of players to be released.”

-I don’t normally include rumours here, but I remember all the chatter in the 2009 draft when the Leafs took Nazem Kadri and the Sens taking Jared Cowen about who fleaced whom.  Opinions about Kadri in Toronto were very high last year, but this season he’s hit the rumour mill (link).  Cowen has been better than I expected when he was drafted and I certainly prefer having him to Kadri.

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 report go here link).
1. Nail Yakupov (Sarnia, OHL)
2. Filip Forsberg (Leksand, Sweden) (+1)
3. Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec, QMJHL) (+2)
4. Ryan Murray (Everett, WHL) (-2)
5. Matt Dumba (Red Deer, WHL) (+2)
6. Zemgus Girgensons (Dubuque, USHL) (+2)
7. Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw, WHL) (-1)
8. Pontus Aberg (Djurgarden, Sweden) (+6)
9. Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia, OHL) (-2)
10. Jacob Trouba (US NTDP, USHL) (+7)
11. Sebastian Collberg (Frolunda, Sweden)
12. Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton, WHL) (-2)
13. Henrik Samuelsson (US NTDP, USHL) (-9)
14. Olli Maatta (London, OHL) (-2)
15. Damon Severson (Kelowna, WHL)
16. Nick Ebert (Windsor, OHL) (-3)
17. Slater Koekkoek (Peterborough, OHL) (-1)
18. Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)
19. Jordan Schmaltz (Sioux City, USHL)
20. Derrick Pouliot (Portland, WHL)
21. Cody Ceci (Ottawa 67s, OHL)
22. Matt Finn (Guelph, OHL) (+60)
23. Brendan Gaunce (Belleville, OHL)
24. Andrey Vasilevski (Salavat, KHL)
25. Oscar Dansk (Brynas, SEL)
26. Radek Faksa (Kitchener, OHL) (+2)
27. Martin Frk (Halifax, QMJHL) (-5)
28. Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph, OHL) (-2)
29. Teuvo Teravainen (Jokerit, Finland) (-2)
30. Colton Sissons (Kelowna, WHL) (-1)
One player fell out of the top-30 this month: Eric Locke (#33, -3).  Here’s the movement among former top-30 players: Chandler Stephenson (#41, -4), Calle Andersson (#52, -17), Patrik Machac (#53, -2), Jarrod Maidens (#55, -2), Matia Marcantuoni (#56, -25), Troy Bourke (#59, -5), Scott Laughton (#62, -4),  Ryan Olsen (#75, -16) and Luca Ciampini (#115, -65).

-TSN’s Craig Button has a top-60 2012 prospect list posted (link)


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  1. […] updated list of 2012′s top prospects (with the position changes noted; for the previous report go here). 1. Nail Yakupov (Sarnia, OHL) 2. Filip Forsberg (Leksand, Sweden) 3. Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec, […]

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