Senators News: November 15th

-In the wake of Jared Cowen‘s surgery Nichols takes a look at Mike Lundin‘s numbers over the last few years, trying to determine what kind of option he is in the lineup.  His conclusion is the same as the sentiment when he was signed–a decent depth defenseman if he can stay healthy.

-Elmira lost 2-1 in OT to Reading last night, with all the Binghamton signed players silent except Kramer who picked up an assist (Cheverie served as the backup).  Here’s the recap.

-Elmira has released Brandon Blandina while placing Jordon Southorn on reserve.

Stefan Noesen‘s coach Mike Vellucci talked about the Sens prospect:

He thinks the game as well as anyone I’ve ever had. It’s not as if he’s shooting any more. His linemates (Rickard Rakell and Tom Wilson) have just been unlucky. Goalies have been making great saves. And our power play has been pretty bleak, too, so that hasn’t helped. We’re getting a lot of chances but just not converting. I think it’s just one of those things. And it’s early, too. So I suspect by the end of the year he’ll once again have more assists than goals. Sometimes he gets too into it, winning at all costs, but it’s definitely a great asset to have. He wants to count and he wants to be counted on. He wants to make the big hit, score the big goal, make the big play. When he first came here (conditioning and strength) was a big area of concern, but in the summer between 16 and 17, he worked a lot harder. He understood what it took to play in the OHL. But like any kid, he still has to take it to the next level. It’s one thing to be in shape for junior, it’s another to be in shape for the pros, and that’s what I’m trying to teach all my players. To me, if you’re going to play in the NHL, you have to get in the door first, and Stef can break in as a third- or fourth-line guy because he can do other things than be a goal scorer. He can play on the penalty kill, he’s good defensively, and he understands the game. He sees the game real well. He can give a coach some really good minutes on the third or fourth lines, and eventually I think he can graduate to be a second-line guy. But that’s going to take maturity, conditioning, and strength — all those things.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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2 Comments

  1. Hopefully Noesen can turn into the next Mike Fisher with more scoring touch and a mean streak. Hopefully he plays at the Juniors this Xmas so he can build on his great year thus far.

    • I expect him to be part of the WJC team. In regards to the Mike Fisher comparison, I’d want Noesen to have better hockey sense offensively.


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