Senators News: December 8th; Binghamton 6, Portland 1

-The Binghamton Senators crushed the Portland Pirates 6-1 last night (I was able to watch some of the third).  Ben Bishop made 40-saves to earn the win, while Pat Cannone and Patrick Wiercioch each scored twice and Jakob Silfverberg and Hugh Jessiman added singles.  Cannone, Jessiman, and Wiercioch each had three-point nights.  With the game out of reach things got a little goofy (Brett Hextall went after Jean-Gabriel Pageau for no particular reason).  Bobbykelly was able to watch the entire game and has an entertaining piece about it.  Here are the highlights.

-Tonight Binghamton faces off against Norfolk (9-12) who are lead by Peter Holland (21 points) and backstopped by Frederik Andersen (6-6).

Brad Peltz has been loaned back to Elmira (the Jackals have played a man short the last couple of games).

-Speaking of Elmira, they lost 7-4 to Reading last night with Louie Caporusso and Jack Downing each having three-point nights.  The teams play each other again tonight.

Hockey’s Future has weighed in with their team rankings and placed Ottawa fourth.  They write:

Strengths: Ottawa has a talented group of talented, versatile forwards led by Mika Zibanejad, Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen, and Matt Puempel. Further down the depth chart, the Senators have many players with top-nine potential such as Shane Prince, Mark Stone, and Andre Petersson. They also possess a diverse group of defensive prospects led by offensive defenseman Cody Ceci and stay-at-home defenseman Fredrik Claesson. Goaltending prospect Robin Lehner is among the top netminders in the AHL.

Weaknesses: While the organization has several quality goaltending prospects, they are short on depth at that position. The Senators could also stand to add some more depth on the right wing.

Top 5 Prospects: 1. Mika Zibanejad, C; 2. Jakob Silfverberg, RW; 3. Robin Lehner, G; 4. Stefan Noesen, RW; 5. Cody Ceci, D.

One could quibble with where players are positioned, but it’s a fair assessment and the nuance of who is where within the top group isn’t terribly important.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)