Senators News: January 11th

Erik Karlsson is expected to play tomorrow against the Rangers

-Not much was written about last night’s win, but Paul MacLean said, “I was really pleased we won the game. I thought the third was our best period  We didn’t play very well in the second period.  We basically defended the whole period. We were really pleased with the way we brought the game home in the third playing with the lead” (link).

-ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun writes about his mid-season award winners (link), with Erik Karlsson his fifth choice for the Norris, Jared Cowen third for the Calder, and Paul MacLean third for the Jack Adams.

Sports Illustrated‘s power rankings are out (link) with Ottawa 13th and Adrian Dater crediting Craig Anderson as the reason for their high standing (!)

-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) 35-27-41-68 (1st=) (WJC 6-7-3-10)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 31-19-25-44 (3rd=)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 35-18-26-44 (1st+)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Gatineau, QMJHL) 23-23-16-39 (4th-) (traded to Chicoutimi)
Matt Puempel (LW, Peterborough, OHL) 30-17-16-33 (4th-)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 32-8-15-23 (5th=) (WJC 5-1-3-4)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 37-13-9-22 (6th=)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Brandon, WHL) 41-2-9-11 (3rd+) (traded to the Victoria)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 31-13-14-27 (1st+)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 14-3-4-7 (15th-) (WJC 6-4-1-5)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 30-1-4-5 (t-4th-) (WJC 6-0-0-0)
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 20-6-5-11 (6th=)
Ryan Dzingel (C, CCHA-Ohio State) 20-5-12-17 (3rd=)
Michael Sdao (D, ECAC-Princeton) 18-6-8-14 (1st=)
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 22-1-10-11 (1st=)
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 21-2-8-10 (3rd-)
Bryce Aneloski (D, WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 22-1-9-10 (3rd-)
Max McCormick (LW, CCHA-Ohio State) 13-3-6-9 (8th+)  
Jeff Costello
(LW, CCHA-Notre Dame) 17-3-6-9 (9th=)
Brad Peltz (LW, ECAC-Yale) 6-1-0-1 (20th)

-Central Scouting has released it’s mid-season rankings (North American skaters and goalies, European skaters and goalies).  The artificial division by nation and position drives me nuts, but here are the top prospects using their categories:
North American Skaters
1. Nail Yakupov, RW, OHL
2. Mikhail Grigorenko, C, QMJHL
3. Ryan Murray, D, WHL
4. Radek Faksa, C, OHL
5. Morgan Rielly, D, WHL
6. Olli Maatta, D, OHL
7. Mathew Dumba, D, WHL
8. Griffin Reinhart, D, WHL
9. Jacob Trouba, D, USHL
10. Derrick Pouliot, D, WHL
11. Brendan Gaunce, C, OHL
12. Zemgus Gigensons, C, USHL
13. Stefan Matteau, C, USHL
14. Colton Sissons, C, WHL
15. Matthew Finn, D, OHL
16. Cody Ceci, D, OHL
17. Slater Koekkoek, D, OHL
18. Brady Skjei, D, US-U18
19. Daniil Zharkov, LW, OHL
20. Gemel Smith, C, OHL
21. Jarrod Maidens, C/LW, OHL
22. Tanner Pearson, LW, OHL
23. Scott Kosmachuk, RW, OHL
24. Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW, OHL
25. Martin Frk, RW, QMJHL
26. Mike Winther, C, WHL
27. Nicolas Kerdiles, LW, USHL
28. Phillip Di Giuseppe, LW, NCAA
29. Michael Matheson, D, USHL
30. Dalton Thrower, D, WHL

European Skaters
1. Filip Forsberg, C, Allsvenskan
2. Sebastian Collberg, RW, Swe Jr
3. Tomas Hertl, C, Czech
4. Pontus Aberg, LW, SEL
5. Ville Pokka, D, SM-Liiga
6. Hampus Lindholm, D, Swe Jr
7. Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Fin Jr
8. Ludvik Bystrom, D, Swe Jr
9. Nikolai Prokhorkin, LW, Rus Jr
10. Mikko Vainonen, D, Finn Jr
11. Esa Lindell, D, Finn Jr
12. Christian Djoos, D, Swe Jr
13. Anton Slepyshev, LW, KHL
14. Vyacheslav Osnovin, C, Rus Jr
15. Valeri Vasiliev, D, Rus Jr
16. Calle Andersson, D, Swe Jr
17. Erik Thorell, C, SEL
18. Nikita Gusev, LW, Rus Jr
19. Henri Ikonen, LW, Fin Jr
20. Alexei Filippov, RW, Rus Jr
21. Nathan Walker, LW, Cze Jr
22. Erik Nemec, C, Cze Jr
23. Jakub Izacky, LW, Cze Jr
24. Niklas Tikkinen, D, Finn Jr
25. Mikko Lehtonen, D, Finn Jr
26. Miro Aaltonen, C, Finn Jr
27. Jeremy Boyce-Rotevall, LW, SEL
28. Radim Matus, C, Cze Jr
29. Ales Kilnar, LW, Cze Jr
30. Jesper Pettersson, D, Swe Jr

North American Goaltenders
1. Malcolm Subban, OHL
2. Matthew Murray, OHL
3. Brandon Whitney, QMJHL
4. Jon Gillies, USHL
5. Jake Paterson, OHL
6. Francois Tremblay, QMJHL
7. Daniel Altshuller, OHL
8. Andrey Makarov, WHL
9. Collin Olson, USHL
10. Patrik Bartosak, WHL

European Goaltenders
1. Andrei Vasilevski, Rus Jr
2. Oscar Dansk, Swe Jr
3. Joonas Korpisalo, Finn Jr
4. Marek Langhamer, Cze Jr
5. Jean Auren, Finn Jr
6. Mathias Israelsson, Swe Jr
7. Richard Ullberg, SM-Liiga
8. Richard Sabol, Svk Jr
9. Vasili Demchenko, Rus Jr
10. Marvin Cupper, Ger Jr


  1. I generally share your thoughts on Anderson, but you have to give him a bit of credit for his play in the new year. He had 5 good periods in the Philly series and was great against Tampa and the Devils. He looked a little shaky yesterday and didn’t face many good chances but only allowed one goal.

    • He’s definitely been better, I just get exasperated by the soft coverage he receives. The team’s overall play is the main reason they are where they are rather than Anderson stealing them game after game.

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