Senators News: December 11th

-Here’s my look at Binghamton over the last ten games.

Scott Cruickshank writes about Sens prospect Chris Driedger, with the goaltender saying:

Last year, I would have a really good couple games, then a really bad couple  games, then one good game, then one bad game. Now I’m just trying to prepare for each game the exact same every day. It seems to be working. Kind of cool to get recognized publicly [WHL goaltender of the month for November]. It’s nice to see that a little hard work has paid off. Then again, you have to  give a lot of credit to the team. Right now I’ve been very happy with how the games are working out. If the defencemen keep the shots from the outside, it’s going to make you  look a lot better — and our defencemen have been doing a phenomenal job of it.  My stats have been looking pretty good . . . the most goals we’ve given up in  the last month and a half is four. Hopefully, we can keep winning.

His coach Mike Williamson said:

He showed signs of being a top, top goalie last year, but he had a tough time  sustaining a high level. We felt it was an experience,  maturity thing. He’s done a better job of preparing and practising harder.  Because of that, he’s had a lot of success.

-Here’s the weekly prospect update (for players with more than 10 games played I’ve indicated where they are in scoring; for blueliners they are compared to other defensemen on the team):

Cody Ceci (OHL Ottawa) 33-7-24-31 (1st)
Matt Puempel (OHL Kitchener) 26-21-7-28 (1st) (injured)
Stefan Noesen (OHL Plymouth) 26-17-9-26 (3rd)
Jordan Fransoo (WHL Victoria) 25-2-6-8 (t-2nd)
Jakub Culek (QMJHL Cape Breton) 8-4-3-7 (9th)
Jarrod Maidens (OHL Owen Sound) (injured)
Chris Driedger (WHL Calgary) 16-5-2 2.29 .922
Francois Brassard (QMJHL Quebec) 17-7-1 2.48 .913

Allsvenskan (Swe)
Mikael Wikstrand (Mora) 29-9-9-18 (1st)

Nikita Filatov (Salavat) 33-8-11-19 (t-2nd)

Ryan Dzingel (Ohio) – 16-6-8-14 (1st)
Jeff Costello (Notre Dame) – 14-5-7-12 (5th)
Bryce Aneloski (Nebraska-Omaha) – 16-3-9-12 (t-1st)
Max McCormick (Ohio) – 16-5-4-9 (3rd)
Michael Sdao (Princeton) – 12-3-4-7 (1st)
Tim Boyle (Union) – 7-0-2-2

Robbie Baillargeon (Indiana) – 23-6-9-15 (5th)

Varada shows us what sports journalism should look like as he explores NHL economic issues (in contrast to John Shannon‘s nonsense from yesterday) and I encourage you all to check it out (it’s basic stuff about the value of owning an arena, but it’s little discussed in hockey circles).

Stu Hackel reviews the latest CBA developments without suggesting which way the worm will turn.  Given that there’s still plenty of time left for a deal I think that’s only sensible.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


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