Senators News: May 1st

-With the season over and weeks before the draft and free agency, the news digest will not remain consistently daily.  I still have several prospect profiles to post (Jean-Gabriel Pageau is next), but in general posts will be a little more haphazard until the draft.  You can check my Twitter feed for posting news.

Eugene Melnyk is dreaming in technicolor if he truly believes his public statements about Erik Karlsson being “reasonable” will have any effect on contract negotiations.  Karlsson deserves and will get a big contract from the Senators.  Melnyk’s comment that the team can’t be among the cap limit teams is an interesting change of philosophy for the organisation, but one I think fans will reject if they start seeing top players depart because the team can’t afford them.  Fortunately for ownership, Bryan Murray has done such a good job bringing in prospects there’s little need for the team to be among the big spenders in the near future.

-As has been reported everywhere, Paul MacLean was been nominated (as expected) for the Jack Adams trophy.  As I’ve said before, I’m indifferent to awards in the NHL–virtually every decision is debatable, including who does or doesn’t get nominated.  It’s a nice gesture for MacLean who did a fantastic job this year, but whether he wins it or not has no impact on his performance next season.

Hockey’s Future has listed their top-50 prospects (along with those who just_missed_the_cut).  You should take the website with a grain of salt, but here’s how Sens prospects were positioned in their list:
5. Mika Zibanejad
35. Jakob Silfverberg
44. Robin Lehner
Mark Stone
received consideration but didn’t make the list



  1. Thats not the most current HF top fifty list.

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