Chris Wideman (D-R, 5’10, DOB 1990, 4-100/09)
2007-08 USHL Cedar Rapids 53-2-12-14 -1 51pim (ppg 0.26) 5th d-pts
2008-09 NCAA Miami 39-0-26-26 +11 56pim (ppg 0.66) 1st all-rookie
2009-10 NCAA Miami 44-5-17-22 +17 63pim (ppg 0.50) 1st
2010-11 NCAA Miami 39-3-20-23 +8 30pim (ppg 0.58) 1st second team
2011-12 NCAA Miami 41-4-20-24 +22 40pim (ppg 0.58) 1st
A teammate of fellow Sens draft pick Bryce Aneloski in Cedar Rapids and later Sens free agent signee Pat Cannone in Miami, Wideman was not ranked in either year of his draft eligibility by Central Scouting. An undersized, puck-moving blueliner, Wideman finished his senior year at Miami and signed a two-year ELC with Ottawa. While he never topped his rookie production at Miami, he remained the teams most productive blueliner throughout his collegiate career. As with any undersized defenseman, his quickness (decision making and speed) will determine how well he adapts to the pro game. Here’s an old scouting report on him (link): “Wideman is an intelligent, excellent puck-moving defenseman on the small side. He is very poised and patience with the. He also distributes and makes smart decisions with the puck too. One of Wideman’s best attributes is his smart and effective use of his stick, particularly in taking away passing/shooting lanes. He possesses a very shot and can get pucks to the net. Wideman is a very good skater with good foot speed that transitions remarkably well. Though he isn’t overly physical, Wideman will play the body when necessary. Wideman is positionally sound, but his small stature and especially lack of strength make it difficult for him to contain bigger opposing forwards. As Wideman gets stronger that part of his game should improve.” Here the CCHA asks him 20 questions, while Sens TV interviewed him at the 2009 Development Camp.