Senators News: February 1st

-I’m not  a Sidney Crosby fan, but I’m praying for his recovery so news about his health will stop dominating the news cycle

Daniel Alfredsson summed up last night’s effort, “We’ve got to be happy overall. They scored two power-play goals. I thought 5-on-5, we were the better team and it’s frustrating to lose this one. I don’t know how we don’t win it. (When we were ahead 3-1), we just couldn’t get that next goal really separating us from them.”

Ian Mendes reminds us that the Sens have given up the first goal for the last eight straight games (3-5-0)

-With the approaching trade deadline many rumours (both serious and ridiculous) are floating around.  A few of the serious ones involve Jeff Carter (link), Marek Zidlicky (link), and Tuomo Ruutu (link).  As I’ve said previously (eg link) I don’t see the point in Ottawa acquiring a rental, particularly if this is typical of the crop of players available.  The Sens don’t have a realistic chance to make a deep run into the playoffs and are better off continuing the rebuild.

Brian Stewart has been returned to Elmira

-Here’s a look at the top-scoring undrafted players (forwards and blueliners) in the major North American junior leagues:

Tanner Pearson (Barrie) 39-30-43-73
Charles Sarault (Sarnia) 46-15-52-67
Seth Griffith (London) 46-34-31-65
Sean Monaghan (Ottawa) 39-26-35-61
Andrew Agozzino (Niagara) 46-29-30-59

Cody Ceci (Ottawa) 44-10-34-44
Beau Schmitz (Plymouth) 46-12-25-37
Adrian Robertson (Sarnia) 47-9-28-37
Matt Petgrave (Oshawa) 43-8-24-32
Matt Finn (Guelph), Dylan Blujus (Brampton), and Kyle Hope (Owen Sound) are all tied with 30 points

Yanni Gourde (Victoriaville) 51-27-64-91
Zach O’Brien (Acadie) 50-45-43-88
Sebastian Trudeau (Acadie) 51-22-60-82
Matthew Bissonnette (Acadie) 50-35-38-73
Ben Duffy (PEI) 49-28-39-67

Mathieu Brisebois (Rouyn) 49-14-30-44
Mathieu Gagnon (Chicoutimi) 46-6-36-42
Martin Lefebvre (Quebec) 48-10-31-41
Alex Micallef (Blainville) 50-13-21-34
Mikael Tam (Quebec) 49-14-19-33

Adam Hughesman (Tri-City) 46-29-43-72
Brendan Shinnimin (Tri-City) 43-27-44-71
Dylan Wruck (Edmonton) 51-18-46-64
Justin Maylan (Prince Albert) 47-20-41-61
Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat) 48-32-26-58

Ryan Pulock (Brandon) 51-12-33-45
Eric Roy (Brandon) 49-7-32-39
Dalton Thrower (Saskatoon) 48-12-26-38
Matthew Konan (Medicine Hat) 48-7-29-36
Collin Bowman (Calgary) 47-12-23-35

Paul De Jersey (Prince George) 44-37-41-78
Wade Murphy (Penticton) 45-29-46-75
Connor Reilly (Penticton) 45-32-40-72
Joey Benik (Penticton) 45-21-49-70
Travis St. Denis (Penticton) 39-28-41-69

Graeme McCormack (Nanaimo) 44-10-36-46
Craig Dalrymple (Powell) 44-19-26-45
Clinton Atkinson (Coquitlam) 44-5-38-43
Ben Woodley (Prince George) 44-3-29-32
Troy Stecher (Penticton) 39-4-27-31

Kevin Roy (Lincoln) 36-29-26-55
Austin Farley (Fargo) 37-24-24-48
Daniil Tarasov (Indiana) 36-24-23-47
Nolan LaPorte (Green Bay) 36-23-21-44
Taylor Cammarata (Waterloo) 34-18-22-40

Jordan Schmaltz (Green Bay) 32-9-16-25
Nolan Zajac (Omaha) 37-5-18-23
Greg Amlong (Cedar Rapids) 35-8-14-22
Markus Lauridsen (Green Bay) 37-5-17-22
Ralfs Freibergs (Lincoln) 36-7-14-21

Nick Sorkin (New Hampshire) 25-6-21-27
Conor Sheary (U. Massachusetts) 24-8-18-26
Daniel Carr (Union College) 27-12-13-25
Daniel Bahntge (Mercyhurst) 28-8-17-25
Shane Berschbach (Western Michigan) 26-7-17-24

Joey LaLeggia (U. Denver) 26-10-18-28
Nate Schmidt (U. Minnesota) 29-2-25-27
Frankie Simonelli (U. Wisconsin) 26-3-19-22
Andrew Prochno (St. Cloud) 27-4-17-21
Torey Krug (Michigan State) 27-6-13-19