Senators News: December 23rd

-The Sens lines via The Ottawa Sun (with Mike Hoffman getting the call-up and Brian Lee scratched): Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson, Nick Foligno-Kyle Turris-Erik Condra, Kaspars Daugavins-Zack Smith-Chris Neil, Mike Hoffman-Zenon Konopka-Bobby Butler; Jared Cowen-Erik Karlsson, Filip Kuba-Sergei Gonchar, Chris Phillips-Matt Carkner.

-Most of the media dispensed with discussing last night’s game to whinge over the call on Nick Foligno, but while I disagreed with the call I’m not up in arms about it.  My only complaint is the inconsistency from officials and the league, but that’s not going to change any time soon.

-Pierre McGuire (link) and others think Bobby Butler might have some of his mojo back after scoring, but given that nothing developed after his two-goal performance against Calgary I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude towards him.

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Wayne Scanlan wonders if the Sens are contenders or pretenders (link), with Bryan Murray saying, “We have to play game by game almost and see where we are. I watch our team now and I think we can compete with everybody. We haven’t been embarrassed except at the beginning of the year.”  Scanlan himself doesn’t answer the question, but I doubt the Sens will maintain a playoff position.

-A quick thought on the choice of recalling Mike Hoffman (32-7-10-17 -8): I’m not surprised that he was brought up instead of veteran Mark Parrish or Pat Cannone (neither impressed in pre-season), but Murray could have opted for a return of Stephane Da Costa or bringing in a grinder like David Dziurzynski.  My guess is that Paul MacLean remains impressed with Hoffman‘s skill level and wanted his versatility (he can play the wing whereas Da Costa cannot).  It will be interesting to see how much ice time he gets against Carolina.

Sports Illustrated‘s Stu Hackel reminisces on the classic and now vanished art of goal scoring by flying down the wing and firing a slapshot (link).  For those of us who remember hockey when goaltenders normally stood up this was one of the most common plays in hockey.  Hackel quotes Scotty Bowman about the change, “The D couldn’t get to the shooter like today. The game was more spread out, because the D had to back off more. Now, everybody can skate with everybody else. And the forwards backcheck much more. The speed of the game now just makes it so you can’t take that much time to get a shot off.”


Ottawa 4, Florida 3 (OT)

Ottawa won its third game in a row with an overtime victory.  Florida was the better team in the first period, but the Sens were able to stay in it and eventually get the lead–which they surrendered twice, including late in the third, before winning in overtime.  Nick Foligno was thrown out of the game early in the second period for a hit on Ellerby and Matt Carkner spent most of the game riding the pine playing a team low 5:01.  It wasn’t a good night for the officials (Tim Peel and Justin St. Pierre), but ultimately it did not decide the game.  For the box score go here link.  A look at the goals:
1. Neil (Karlsson, Alfredsson) (pp)
A great deflection in front
2. Florida, Repik (pp)
Versteeg puts it off Repik’s skate and in
3. Alfredsson (Neil) (pp)
Clemmensen turns it over behind the net and Alfredsson bats it out of the air via Neil’s centering pass
4. Florida, Matthias (pp)
Carkner chases a blocked shot towards the blueline and neither Konopka nor Daugavins cycle back to cover for him, leaving Matthias wide open who scores from inside the faceoff dot
5. Karlsson (Alfredsson, Greening)
A laser shot to the top-corner via a Jason Spezza screen
6. Florida, Kopecky
Slides it under Anderson driving across the crease–a bad goal
7. Butler (Turris, Cowen)
His hard pass deflects in off Campbell

Daniel Alfredsson – a three-point night and he was strong defensively
Chris Neil – a goal and an assist along with some thundering hits
Erik Condra – yeoman’s work defensively and he created offensive chances

Players who struggled: no one particularly stood out in this regard, although an extra save from Craig Anderson would have eliminated the three-point game.

Senators News: December 22nd; Binghamton 0, Albany 3

-With Peter Regin again out with a shoulder injury, Brian Lee and Bobby Butler join the lineup.  I really feel for Regin, but expect that another surgery is the only solution to his problem which would likely put him out for the rest of the season.

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch talks to Daniel Alfredsson about his retirement plans (link), who among other things says, “It’s hard. I love what I do. The tough thing is the travel, the physical part of waking up sore and not feeling as eager to practise some days as (you do) others. Some days, the motivation doesn’t come as easy. Right now, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. Yeah, I love what I’m doing.” And “I haven’t been where I still think I want to be. It has come in spurts. Some of the games have been pretty good. You have to keep pushing yourself. I always want more. Sometimes when I don’t play as well now … I think I can handle that better.”

-Binghamton was shutout in a 3-0 loss to Albany, as the team failed to win back-to-back games.  For the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s game summary go here link.  Kurt Kleinendorst was not impressed (link), “I thought we played like it was a game of shinny. That’s about as uninspired as we’ve been. I mean, I’m not … it’s not OK. I’m sure (Devils Head Coach) Rick (Kowalsky) was concerned about the same thing before the game that I was concerned about — guys thinking about their flights tomorrow, or their drives tonight or tomorrow morning or whatever. For me, it just kind of shows what happens when you’re not ready between the ears. And we were not ready between the ears. It was a terrible game. Terrible game. I couldn’t come up with one guy — and I’m not dumping on my team — but I couldn’t come up with one guy tonight in that locker room that I was pleased with. Not one.”

-Ottawa prospect Shane Prince was cut from the US WJC roster (link)

-Elmira won 3-2 last night, with Louie Caporusso picking up a goal and assist while Jack Downing was held pointless.

Senators News: December 21st

-The media collectively fell all over themselves in loving Kyle Turris‘ debut, from The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch (link) and Don Brennan (link) to The Ottawa Citizen‘s Wayne Scanlan (link) to Ken Warren using his name in the headline but barely writing about him (link).  The only interesting part in all the reporting was this quote from Turris in Scanlan’s article, “I loved my time (at Wisconsin). It was lots of fun, but no, I don’t regret the decision. When you have Phoenix and Wayne Gretzky telling you to come play for the team, it’s a dream come true, and I think what happened happened.”

-In Warren’s article (above) he focussed on the defensive boost provided by Kuba and Gonchar.

-ESPN’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun look at the surprises so far this NHL season (link), including the play of the Sens.  LeBrun says, “Hard to believe they’re sitting in a playoff spot as we speak today, tied with the rival (and fading) Maple Leafs with 36 points. Sens GM Bryan Murray made no bones in September about the fact he viewed this year as a retooling season, one that could have some short-term pain in order to gain long-term benefits of properly rebuilding the base in the hope of eventually cobbling together a contender. He would never admit it, of course, but I’m telling you he’d be as surprised as the rest of us to see the Sens’ immediate rise with so many young players playing crucial minutes. One of those young bucks is 20-year-old defenseman Jared Cowen. He’s playing top four minutes on the blue line and looks like he belongs. He’s a big reason, along with the offensive machine that is Erik Karlsson, that Murray felt comfortable dealing away David Rundblad in the Turris deal.”

Sports Illustrated‘s power rankings are posted (link) with Ottawa 21st and Adrian Dater unimpressed with Kyle Turris (“The big news was GM Bryan Murray’s acquisition of Kyle Turris. Sorry if I’m not  as electrified as some in the media seemed to be with their daily, breathless  updates of his previous situation in Phoenix. Yeah, he was the third pick in the  2007 draft. He also has 46 points in 137 career games and is minus-22. He’s one  of those “Herbert Hoover” players where prosperity is just around the corner.”)

-Joy Lindsay Tweets (link) that Mike McKenna will get the start.  Here are the projected forward lines: Hoffman-Da Costa-Parrish, Klinkhammer-Locke-Cowick, Dziurzynski-Cannone-Bartlett, Svendsen-Hamilton-Lessard.

-Rob Brodie writes about Mark Stone for the Sens website (link) who said, “Ottawa has been very supportive of me. They brought me down a couple of times in the summer to train with Marc Power (the team’s power skating coach). I’ve been working with (conditioning coach) Chris Schwarz off the ice. My skating is coming along and I’ve had so many good experiences in Ottawa so far. Now I’m just looking forward to this tournament and the rest of the season.”

-Stu Hackel from Sports Illustrated writes about possible solutions to the concussion epidemic in the NHL (link), exploring the dead letter that would be the re-introduction of the red line.  As Pierre McGuire says in the article, “If you want to slow the game down, or impede the game, put the red line back in, you’ll see. The 1-2-2 will be back and bigger than ever. You watch, because you can have a boundary you can use with the red line. I think the biggest argument against the red line going back, if there’s a lead established after 40 minutes, and the red line is in, if there’s a two- to three-goal lead, 95 percent of the time, the game’s over, which is not the case now. I don’t think, if you’re trying to lure paying customers, you want the last 20 minutes of their experience to be null and void.”  As interesting as the article is (and I recommend you read it in its entirety), I think Hackel misses the mark.  The missing redline is no longer the problem–the NHL has largely eliminated the tracking hits (ala Matt Cooke), which existed prior to the rule changes anyway.  The concussions we see now are from hits from behind, charging (eg, Lucic on Miller), or elbows to the head.  The irony is that all these plays are penalties and fully within the rules to punish and eliminate, but the NHL simply won’t penalize the infractions to the point where players will change their behaviour (eg Brendan Shanahan gave the green light to running goaltenders and now a steady stream are out with concussions (eg Al Montoya).

-In Brennan’s article (above) he has an amusing line from Steve Duchesne, “I’ve got a 16-year old girl and a 15-year old son … as long as my 16-year-old girl doesn’t meet a hockey player I’m really happy.”

Ottawa 4, Buffalo 1

The Senators won a dull game tonight, with the dullness receiving a healthy assist from TSN’s Mike Johnson (who is about as entertaining as a wet paper bag).  It was an off night for the officials (Brian Pochmara and Chris Rooney), but the calls did not ultimately decide the game.  The disjointed play on Ottawa’s part wasn’t a big surprise given that all their lines were juggled because of the insertion of Turris, Kuba, and GoncharJesse Winchester was hurt on a hit from behind by Paul Gaustad early in the first period.  For the box score go here link.  A look at the goals:
1. Smith (Neil, Carkner)
A great pass by Carkner springs Neil on a breakaway and Smith cashes in the rebound
2. Buffalo, Leopold (pp)
Soft five-hole goal on Anderson
3. Condra (Turris)
Bangs in Turris’ rebound after creating the turnover that started the play
4. Karlsson (Alfredsson, Spezza) (pp)
Fantastic pass from Alfredsson gives Karlsson an empty net
5. Condra (Karlsson) (en)

Top-performers: no one player was dominant to my mind, but the Regin-Smith-Neil line was strong and Condra had a good night.

Players who struggled: there were no clear duds tonight either, despite Anderson letting in a soft goal and Gonchar and Karlsson leading the team in turnovers.

Senators News: December 20th

-Here are the projected lines courtesy of The Ottawa Sun: Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson, Nick Foligno-Kyle Turris-Erik Condra, Zack Smith-Peter Regin-Chris Neil, Jesse Winchester-Zenon Konopka-Kaspars Daugavins; Jared Cowen-Erik Karlsson, Filip Kuba-Sergei Gonchar, Chris Phillips-Matt Carkner.  As expected, Brian Lee and Bobby Butler are the scratches.

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch has a piece on Kyle Turris‘ excitement coming to Ottawa (link), which includes an interesting sentiment from Paul MacLean, “He solidifies the second-line centre position that we’ve been searching for.  Not only for this season, but seasons to come. He’s a piece that makes us better today and for down the road as well.”  Two things to take from this: 1) MacLean has no doubt whatsoever that Turris is ready to be a second-line center, 2) none of the other players who have auditioned for the role (Peter Regin, Nick Foligno, and Stephane Da Costa) are capable of handling the position.  I happen to agree, but it makes me wonder about Regin‘s future–he can play the wing, but he’s a better center (particularly with his wonky shoulder).

-In the same article Garrioch reminds us that Spezza knows Turris from the 2008 World Championships.  Turris is also friends with Sens prospect Patrick Wiercioch (they played together for the Burnaby Express in the BCHL in 2006-07).

-THN, ESPN, and TSN’s power rankings are out (link, link, and link) with Ottawa 20th, 20th, and 23rd.

-Binghamton practice lines: Dziurzynski-Cannone-Bartlett, Hoffman-Da Costa-Parrish, Klinkhammer-Locke-Cowick, Svendsen-Hamilton-Lessard; Borowiecki-Gryba, Raymond-Conboy, Ratchuk-Schira.  Joy Lindsay Tweets (link) that “Kleinendorst thinks Godfrey should be back in the lineup after the break [December 26th].”

-As expected, Nikita Filatov has signed with CSKA in the KHL (link)

-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 (RW, Brandon, WHL) 33-27-38-65 (1st=) (WJC)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 25-14-22-36 (3rd=) (WJC)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Gatineau, QMJHL) 19-19-14-33 (4th-)
Matt Puempel (LW, Peterborough, OHL) 29-17-15-32 (2nd-) (suspended)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 29-11-21-32 (t-3rd-)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 32-8-15-23 (5th=)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 30-12-8-20 (6th=)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Brandon, WHL) 36-2-6-8 (4th=)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 27-12-12-24 (2nd=) (injured)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 13-3-3-6 (14th=) (WJC)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 29-1-4-5 (4th=) (WJC)
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 15-6-4-10 (6th=)
Ryan Dzingel (C, CCHA-Ohio State) 17-5-10-15 (3rd=)
Michael Sdao (D, ECAC-Princeton) 14-5-4-9 (1st+)
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 18-2-7-9 (t-1st=)
Bryce Aneloski (D, WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 20-1-8-9 (3rd=)
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 20-1-8-9 (1st=)
Jeff Costello (LW, CCHA-Notre Dame) 15-1-6-7 (9th=)
Max McCormick (LW, CCHA-Ohio State) 10-2-4-6 (12th=)
Brad Peltz (LW, ECAC-Yale) 3-0-0-0 (=)

Senators News: December 19th; Binghamton 4, Adirondack 1

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch thinks Jared Cowen should be part of the Calder conversation (link), but admits Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Adam Henrique are going to be hard to beat.  I think the award is Nugent-Hopkins‘ to lose.

-Pierre McGuire told the The Team 1200 (link) that he likes the Kyle TurrisDavid Rundblad trade.  He thinks Turris is a legitimate #2 centerman.  Paul MacLean was quoted in the Garrioch article above said this about Rundblad, “With Rundblad, he still had more to learn. We’re getting a really good player and in order to get a really good player, you’re going to have to give up a really good player. Whether it was him or somebody else, we were going to have to give up somebody really good.”  In another Garrioch article (link) Blues analyst Darren Pang tries to assuage Sens fans fears with this, “He’s a dynamic forward that sees the ice really well. The big thing for him is that he can really shoot the puck. That’s important for a centre. For a guy you don’t think is that big or strong, he snaps the puck very hard.”  Adding, “This is going to be a great chance for him to develop.”  For me it’s a wait-and-see approach.

The Silver Seven‘s Mark Parisi makes a terrible comparison (link) in an attempt to illustrate that Rundblad isn’t a guaranteed great player because other winners of the Borje Salming haven’t panned out.  Here’s the problem with his approach: every other winner was a veteran player.  Briefly (the age is what they were when they won the trophy): David Petrasek (34), Mikko Luoma (32), Marcus Ragnarsson (38), and Magnus Johansson (37).  He makes the same mistake in looking at other top-scoring players from Sweden.  Mark, what made Rundblad‘s accomplishment significant was how young he was!  It doesn’t guarantee he’ll pan out, although Pierre McGuire (link above) thinks that at worst he’s a #5 blueliner (at best #3).

-Binghamton beat Adirondack 4-1 yesterday afternoon, with Mike McKenna earning the win and goals from Corey Cowick, Pat Cannone, Mark Parrish, and Wacey HamiltonCorey Locke did not play (despite being listed in the lineup) purely as a maintenance measure.  For the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s game summary go here link.

-In Joy’s post-game quotes (link) Kurt Kleinendorst talked about the team’s effort, “I’m very encouraged, obviously. I’m very pleased. We’re at a point now where we’re just, we’re looking for any little positive we can get. And for us, coming into tonight, we knew that if we could get this, that’s two out of three. Nothing we can do about yesterday. Get tonight, two out of three. And we can live with that. Moving forward, if we can just focus on two out of every three for now, that’s where we need to be.”

-The media here in Ottawa have been making a big deal out of the new scoreboard coming to the arena and I haven’t mentioned it because I couldn’t care less.  The only issue I’ve ever had with the arena is how infrequently they update out-of-town scores.  Bigger screens will be nice, but just don’t produce any level of excitement for me.

-Most fans have heard how ESPN and Hockey Night in Canada‘s Mike Milbury has been charged with assault after an incident at a youth hockey game.  The Boston Globe has his side of the story here (link).  I hope nothing happened, but it’s a relief to have him off my TV.  Milbury is many things, but a good hockey analyst he is not.  I always assumed Don Cherry was a big part of why he was hired by Hockey Night in Canada, but it’s been to the detriment of the broadcast.

Binghamton at the Thirty-Game Mark

Binghamton has now played 30 games and it’s time to take a look at how they’ve done over the last 10 (for the previous review go here link). The B-Sens are 3-7-0, marginally better than their previous segment, with the team still struggling due to injuries and call-ups. They continue to be 5th in the division, 15th in the conference, and are now 30th in the league (down from 28th). They are tied for 24th in goals for (down from 23rd) and tied for 28th in goals against (down from 24th). Player’s stats (INJ=games missed due to injury, SCR= scratched, SUS=suspended, NHL=games in the NHL, ECHL=games in the ECHL):
Stephane Da Costa 9-2-6-8 -4
Pat Cannone 10-1-5-6 -1
Andre Petersson 6-4-1-5 +3 INJ 4
David Dziurzynski 7-2-3-5 Even INJ 3  
Mike Hoffman
10-3-1-4 -4
Mike Bartlett 10-2-2-4 -3
Eric Gryba 9-1-3-4 +1 INJ 1
Mark Borowiecki 10-0-4-4 +1
Corey Locke 2-0-2-2 Even INJ 8
Mark Parrish 5-1-1-2 -4 INJ 5
Josh Godfrey 5-1-1-2 Even INJ 5
Patrick Wiercioch 6-0-2-2 Even INJ 4
Brandon Svendsen 2-0-1-1 +1 (ECHL 9-1-6-7)
Derek Grant 5-1-0-1 Even INJ 5
Riley Armstrong 4-0-1-1 -1 INJ 6
Corey Cowick 10-0-1-1 -3
Nikita Filatov 1-0-0-0 Even (NHL then KHL)
Louie Caporusso 1-0-0-0 Even (ECHL 5-4-1-5)
Jack Downing 3-0-0-0 -1 (ECHL 8-4-4-8)
Mike Ratchuk 4-0-0-0 -2 (ECHL 7-0-3-3)
Tim Conboy
4-0-0-0 -3 INJ 6
Maxime Gratchev
7-0-0-0 -3 INJ 3  
Francis Lessard
9-0-0-0 -1 INJ 1
Craig Schira 9-0-0-0 -9 SCR 1
Wacey Hamilton 10-0-0-0 -4
Bobby Raymond 10-0-0-0 -5
Jim O’Brien DNP (injured)
Robin Lehner 2-4-0 2.93 .914 INJ 2 GAA improved
Mike McKenna 1-3-0 2.86 .919 GAA and SV improved
Brian Stewart 0-0-0 ECHL (6-2-0 3.16 .906, GAA and SV declined)

A few thoughts: the team continued to struggle to score due to key injuries. Andre Petersson was just rounding into form when he was knocked out of the lineup, but Stephane Da Costa is an addition who has provided regular offence.  Other positives include unexpected production from Borowiecki and Gryba; Borowiecki, along with Petersson, were the only plus players on the team; both goaltenders have goals against under 3.00.  On the negative side of the ledger is Craig Schira‘s -9 and the continued lack of offence from depth players.  Overall, with the team starting to get healthy their results should improve.  I’ll be curious to see if the organisation trades veterans like Locke and Conboy to give them a chance to go on a playoff run elsewhere.

Senators News: December 18th; Binghamtom 2, Worcester 5

-A lot has been written about the TurrisRundblad trade and I’ll start with The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch (link) who talks about the process and how Murray had been pursuing him since the fall and that Sportsnet‘s Nick Kypreos likes the deal for Ottawa .  Senators Extra‘s James Gordon (link) muses that Murray’s rhapsodic waxings are essentially the same he made in 2009 when he traded for Rundblad in the first place.  The Team 1200‘s Steve Lloyd (link) talks about the risk of trading for potential but adds “you can live with giving up Rundblad as it has become apparent that the big money on the blue-line will be going to Karlsson and eventually Cowen for the foreseeable future.”  The implication being that a successful Rundblad would be too expensive is an odd argument to make (I certainly don’t agree with it).  Senshot‘s Jared Crozier (link) doesn’t like the trade at all, “Rundblad has had some growing pains, but his pedigree shows that once he makes the transition to the North American game, he could be a star.  Turris is by no means in his prime yet, but in 4 years as a pro he has yet to make a real impact in the NHL.  I don’t believe for a minute based on what I have seen (admittedly limited exposure) or heard that he just needs a change in venue to suddenly become a breakout star.”  Finally, The Silver Seven‘s Mark Parisi tries to argue that Rundblad became expendable because of Brian Lee (link) because of the crowded.  This lack of space is short term (Kuba isn’t staying and Gonchar isn’t long term either) and ignores the possibility of sending him to Binghamton, but I can’t criticise Parisi too much because Bryan Murray made very similar comments when discussing the trade.

So what’s my opinion of the trade?  It can’t fully be judged for years, but in the short-term I give the edge to Phoenix.  David Rundblad has fantastic pedigree and only a short history in the pro game–there’s plenty of room to grow and develop.  The Coyotes also got a 2nd round pick from the Senators, which will be a mid-to early pick who has a decent chance to turning into an NHL player down the line.  For Ottawa, they get a well-scouted and known quantity in Kyle Turris who can dominate in the AHL but has yet to establish himself in the NHL.  Many argue that Turris wasn’t given the opportunity to grow, but I don’t think Dave Tippett would deny him ice time if he thought Turris would help him win.  The acquisition makes it clear the Sens don’t see either Peter Regin, Nick Foligno, or Stephane Da Costa as near-term solutions and that may not go down well with any of them.  The silver-lining for the Sens is that should the lightbulb go on for Turris his upside is better than Rundblad‘s, but that’s a big “if”.

-Binghamton lost 5-2 to Worcester last night, with Mike McKenna taking the loss and Mark Parrish and Mike Bartlett scoring.  For the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s game summary go here link.  In Joy’s post-game report (link) she reports “Patrick Wiercioch, who suffered a throat injury when he was struck by a puck last Friday, was at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to watch the game.”  On the loss Kurt Kleinendorst said, “We made too many mistakes, and when we make mistakes, the puck’s ending up in the back of our net. That’s just the way it is right now.”  He liked the play of Mike Ratchuk, Mark Borowiecki, Corey Cowick, and Tim Conboy.

-Elmira won 4-3 last night and Louie Caporusso had a huge game with a hat-trick and an assist; Jack Downing added a goal and an assist.

-ISS has released their latest 2012 draft rankings (for the previous rankings go here link; I’ve listed their previous rank in brackets if it’s changed):
1. Grigorenko, Mikhail, RW 5/16/94 L 6.03.25 200 Québec QMJHL
2. Yakupov, Nail, LW 10/6/93 L 5.10.5 189 Sarnia OHL
3. Forsberg, Filip, RW 8/13/94 R 6.01 176 Leksands SweAl
4. Murray, Ryan, LD 9/27/93 L 6.00.5 201 Everett WHL
5. Dumba, Matt, RD 7/25/94 R 5.11.75 183 Red Deer WHL
6. Trouba, Jacob, RD 2/26/94 R 6.02 196 USA Under-18 NTDP
7. Gaunce, Brendan, C 3/25/94 L 6.02 215 Belleville OHL (9)
8. Aberg, Pontus, LW 9/23/93 R 5.11 187 Djurgarden SweE
9. Rielly, Morgan, LD 3/9/94 L 5.11.5 190 Moose Jaw WHL (10)
10. Ceci, Cody, RD 12/21/93 R 6.02.5 207 Ottawa OHL (11)
11. Maatta, Olli, LD 8/22/94 L 6.01.5 202 London OHL (13)
12. Reinhart, Griffin, LD 1/24/94 L 6.03.75 207 Edmonton WHL
13. Koekkoek, Slater, LD 2/18/94 L 6.02 184 Peterborough OHL (7)
14. Maidens, Jarrod, C 3/4/94 L 6.00.5 178 Owen Sound OHL
15. Collberg, Sebastian, RW 2/23/94 R 5.11 Vastra SweJE (16)
16. Athanasiou, Andreas, C 8/6/94 L 6.00 179 London OHL (23)
17. Frk, Martin, RW 10/5/93 L 5.11.5 204 Halifax QMJHL (15)
18. Galchenyuk, Alexander, RW 2/12/94 L 6.00.5 198 Sarnia OHL (17)
19. Girgensons, Zemgus, F 1/5/94 L 6.01.25 201 Dubuque USHL (20)
20. Pouliot, Derrick, D 1/16/94 L 5.11.25 186 Portland WHL (18)
21. Kerdiles, Nicholas, C/L 1/11/94 L, 6.01.5 200 USA Under-18 NTDP (19)
22. Slepyshev, Anton, LW 5/13/94 R 6.02 187 Novokuznetsk KHL (25)
23. Matheson, Mike, LD 2/27/94 L 6.01.25 180 Dubuque USHL (21)
24. Finn, Matthew, LD 2/24/94 L 6.00.25 195 Guelph OHL (29)
25. Sissons, Colton, C/R 11/5/93 L 6.01 189 Kelowna WHL (24)
26. Bystrom, Ludvig, LD 7/29/94 L 6.00.75 208 Modo SweE (NR)
27. Wilson, Thomas, RW 3/29/94 R 6.03.5 203 Plymouth OHL (26)
28. Faksa, Radek, LW 1/9/94 L 6.03 202 Kitchener OHL (NR)
29. Matteau, Stefan, LW 2/23/94 L 6.01 210 USA Under-18 NTDP (NR)
30. Skjei, Brady, LD 3/26/1994 L 6.03 203 USA Under-18 NTDP (28)
Falling out of the top-thirty: Nick Ebert (22), Gianluca Curcuruto (27), and Dalton Thrower (30).

Senators News: December 17th

-The Ottawa Senators have traded David Rundblad and a second-round pick to Phoenix for Kyle Turris (link). The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch had reported earlier that the Sens “don’t mind giving up a roster player, but indications are they don’t want to part with the pick Coyotes GM Don Maloney wants“, but apparently they were willing to part with a pick.  I have to admit that I’m shocked the Sens gave up on Rundblad in such a short period of time, although I agree with Ian Mendes (link) that the offensive emergence of Jared Cowen is what made him expendable.  This is going to leave the media in something of a bind–Filatov is gone, Rundblad is gone, both Gonchar and Kuba are playing better–who is the new whipping boy?

-Bruce Garrioch Tweets (link) that both Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar are fully participating in practice today

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Wayne Scalan writes about Paul MacLean coaching Dan Bylsma when he played for him in Anaheim (link), with Bylsma saying, “One of the things I do remember about Paul [MacLean] the coaching staff there (in Anaheim) is that they had a good interaction with the players. Mike Babcock’s a demanding coach, and certainly has a great ability to set a foundation on how a team plays, but they also had a willingness to talk wth the players.”

-Joy Lindsay Tweets (link) that Brian Stewart has been recalled from Elmira due to Robin Lehner‘s injury/illness

-Joy has also Tweeted the Filatov was returning to Binghamton but Bruce Garrioch corrects that by saying it’s simply paperwork saying he’s been assigned there (link)