Senators News: January 19th

-I have started Tweeting, so site updates will appear there (among other things)

-The Sens lineup for tonight won’t be updated until 4:00, so we won’t know until then if either call-up will see action against the Sharks tonight

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan talked to Bryan Murray about the team thus far, with Murray saying, “When you get into the playoffs, you know anything can happen. My thought has always been at deadline time that if you can add something to your team that the players believe is a good addition, that really adds a lot to your roster. They see we’re trying. I think our depth is okay right now, but we made need a substantial piece.”  Brennan points out the Sens don’t have a great track record with deadline deals.  Murray talked about the process of making those trades, “We do depth charts of every team, we look at the teams that look like they’re going to have a tough time down the stretch to make the playoffs, then we take players on that team that might be unrestricted or might be available. Those are the people we talked about. We’ve got a bit of a handle on that now.”  The Ottawa Citizen‘s Allen Panzeri writes about the same subject, pointing out that the recall of Mark Borowiecki and Andre Petersson is about testing the team’s depth to see if a trade is required.  It’s also possible one or both are being showcased for a trade, although I’d like to think the organisation won’t give up on them for potential short-term gain.

-Joy Lindsay Tweet‘s that Patrick Wiercioch returned to practice for the first time since his throat injury.  Kurt Kleinendorst thinks he could be ready to play before the all-star break.  Here were the lines at practice: Klinkhammer-Locke-Downing, Dziurzynski-Cannone-Bartlett, Hoffman-Da Costa-O’Brien (Lessard), Cowick-Hamilton-Grant; Henningson-Gryba, Raymond-Conboy, Thomas-Schira, Wiercioch-Godfrey.

Mike Ratchuk was released from his PTO and returned to Elmira

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).
1. Nail Yakupov (Sarnia, OHL)
2. Filip Forsberg (Leksand, Sweden)
3. Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec, QMJHL)
4. Andrey Vasilevski (Salavat, KHL) (+20)
5. Matt Dumba (Red Deer, WHL)
6. Ryan Murray (Everett, WHL) (-2)
7. Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw, WHL)
8. Pontus Aberg (Djurgarden, Sweden)
9. Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia, OHL)
10. Jacob Trouba (US NTDP, USHL)
11. Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton, WHL) (+1)
12. Sebastian Collberg (Frolunda, Sweden) (-1)
13. Matt Finn (Guelph, OHL) (+9)
14. Cody Ceci (Ottawa 67s, OHL) (+7)
15. Slater Koekkoek (Peterborough, OHL) (+2)
16. Damon Severson (Kelowna, WHL) (-1)
17. Jordan Schmaltz (Sioux City, USHL) (-2)
18. Zemgus Girgensons (Dubuque, USHL) (-12)
19. Derrick Pouliot (Portland, WHL) (+1)
20. Olli Maatta (London, OHL) (-6)
21. Radek Faksa (Kitchener, OHL) (+5)
22. Phil Di Giuseppe (U. Michigan, NCAA) (+10)
23. Nick Ebert (Windsor, OHL) (-7)
24. Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) (-6)
25. Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph, OHL) (+3)
26. Brendan Gaunce (Belleville, OHL) (-3)
27. Oscar Dansk (Brynas, SEL) (-2)
28. Martin Frk (Halifax, QMJHL) (-1)
29. Henrik Samuelsson (US NTDP, USHL) (-16)
30. Teuvo Teravainen (Jokerit, Finland) (-1)
One player fell out of the top-30 this month: Colton Sissons (#31, -1).  Here’s the movement among former top-30 players: Chandler Stephenson (#39, +2), Troy Bourke (#58, +1), Scott Laughton (#60, +2), Calle Andersson (#66, -14), Ryan Olsen (#72, +3), Patrik Machac (#81, -28), Eric Locke (#83, -50), Jarrod Maidens (#84, -29), Matia Marcantuoni (#85, -29), and Luca Ciampini (#180, -65).

Both ISS and CS have highly ranked players who do not appear in RLR’s list.  Here’s a look at the ISS and CS players who don’t appear the lists (Central Scouting has wonky divisions between North Americans and Europeans and skaters and goaltenders).

13. Andreas Athanasiou (#55 RLR, #24 CSNA)
16. Jarrod Maidens (#84 RLR, #21 CSNA)
20. Brady Skjei (#38 RLR, #18 CSNA)
22. Tomas Hertl (#42 RLR, #3 CSE)
23. Stefan Matteau (#61 RLR, #13 CSNA)
25. Mike Matheson (#45 RLR, #29 CSNA)
26. Colton Sissions (#31 RLR, #14 CSNA)
27. Nicolas Kerdiles (#32 RLR, #27 CSNA)
28. Thomas Wilson (#48 RLR, #33 CSNA)
29. Anton Slepyshev (#33 RLR, #13 CSE)
30. Ludwig Bystrom (#35 RLR, #8 CSE)

CSNA (not appearing above)
19. Daniil Zharkov (#52 RLR)
20. Gemel Smith (#68 RLR)
22. Tanner Pearson (#43 RLR)
26. Mike Winther (#70 RLR)
30. Dalton Thrower (#34 RLR)

CSE (only those also ranked by RLR)
5. Ville Pokka (#65 RLR)
6. Hampus Lindholm (#51 RLR)
9. Nikolai Prokhorkin (#62 RLR)
10. Mikko Vainonen (#162 RLR)
11. Esa Lindell (#132 RLR)
12. Christian Djoos (#166 RLR)
20. Alexei Filippov (#161 RLR)
24. Niklas Tikkinen (#129 RLR)
25. Mikko Lehtonen (#121 RLR)

CSNA Goaltenders (only those also ranked by RLR)
1. Malcolm Subban (#90 RLR)
2. Matthew Murray (#114 RLR)
3. Brandon Whitney (#53 RLR)
4. Jon Gillies (#128 RLR)
5. Jake Paterson (#170 RLR)
6. Francois Tremblay (#117 RLR)
7. Daniel Altshuller (#92 RLR)
8. Andrey Makarov (#49 RLR)
9. Collin Olson (#72 RLR)
10. Patrik Bartosak (#120 RLR)

CSE Goaltenders (only those also ranked by RLR)
4. Marek Langhamer (#108 RLR)