Player Profile: Hugh Jessiman

The Senators have signed a veteran AHL-forward for Binghamton in the form of Hugh Jessiman.

Hugh Jessiman (RW, 6’6, DOB 1984, 1-12/03 NYR)
2009-10 AHL Milwaukee 78-20-22-42 +9 111pim FM 7 (ppg.0.53 )
2010-11 AHL Rockford/Rochester 50-8-5-13 -8 74pim FM 4 (ppg 0.26)
2010-11 NHL Florida 2-0-0-0 -1 5pim FM 1 (ppg 0.00)
2011-12 AHL Lake Erie/Abbotsford 67-27-17-44 +6 108pim FM 5 (ppg 0.65)

The 2002-03 NCAA Rookie of the Year is a 2003 first-round draft bust by the New York Rangers (apparently the Rangers believed he was the fourth best player in the draft).  With his size it remains surprising he’s only played 2 NHL games, which to me indicates he has other issues that prevent him from being an NHLer (Elite Prospects says he lacks hockey sense).  He’s played over 400 games in the AHL and has bounced around the last four years (09-10 was the only season of the last four where he wasn’t traded).  He doesn’t fight as much as he used too, but he does drop the gloves.  Given how small Binghamton’s forward group is going to be his size is a welcome addition.  Hockey Futures (top link) provided this talent analysis, “His skating is good for a big man and he has good hands. Additionally, over the past year [08-09], he has improved his work ethic and strength on the puck. But he still needs to polish his defensive zone coverage and on-ice decisions; additionally, he is lacking good balance, which has not improved over the last three seasons.”  There’s no question that Jessiman has been signed to help Binghamton, so there’s no need to worry about his possible impact on Ottawa.  I like the signing for the size reasons mentioned earlier (there could be 5-7 undersized forwards in the AHL lineup).  Unlike Peter Raaymakers I don’t expect many more moves to bolster Binghamton (other than a third goalie).  Peter points out, incidentally, that “One thing you’ve got to give Jessiman credit for is his perseverance. He wasn’t signed to a contract at all last season, so he started the season on a professional try-out deal with the Lake Erie.”

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