Senators News: December 16th

-Binghamton players talked about the job Luke Richardson has done as their coach.  Andre Benoit said:

He works on a lot of little things with us after practice, shows us little tricks and things he knows from playing the game so long. He’s trying to give us some of that knowledge. For sure, it’s been helpful. From being a player for so long, he knows what it takes to be a good coach. He knows how to act. I think he’s made the transition really well into that role.

Patrick Wierioch said:

I think he’s huge, but I don’t think he’d take credit for it. Just the type of personality he is. He’s able to get control of the group without necessarily being too drastic about it. I think a lot of the guys just have a certain amount of respect for him. We don’t want to disappoint him. We don’t want to not work for him. He’s definitely put in his time, over the course of his career, so we kind of want to show him we can do it as well.

Eric Gryba said:

It’s awesome having him around … he’s so knowledgeable about the game, especially from a defensive defenceman’s aspect. I can ask him questions and he’s going to point things out to me that I’m not doing right, that I need to improve on. And that’s why I’m here. To develop and get better. He’s been great to this point. He might chirp guys on the ice during practice more than anybody else. He loves to get them going. Obviously, he’s adapting to the coaching role very well, but he’s still a player at heart. He loves to chirp the boys, egg them on.

Richardson himself talked about it:

Bryan [Murray]’s great, Tim [Murray]’s great and same with (Ottawa coach) Paul (MacLean), talking to him about systems. I want to keep it fairly generic, so if they are learning something here, when they go up to Ottawa it’s not totally different. Paul’s like, ‘you’ve got to know who’s on your team, and coach your team the way you have to coach your team.’ I think in saying that, I still use lots of drills that are the same, a lot of philosophies that are the same. There’s always going to be a little bit of a difference in the way people verbalize things, but I want to keep it fairly similar so the players have the best chance.

All these comments boil down to internal support for Richardson along with the respect he garners from the players he coaches.  He’s clearly on the side of his players and they understand he’s doing his best to make them better.

-Elmira defeated Trenton 5-4 last night in OT; Gazley had a four assist night while Caporusso and Downing picked up a point each among Bingo signees.  The Jackals play Reading (18-7-1) tonight.

-ISS has released their latest top-30 list for the 2013 draft (changes in brackets, the previous list can be found here):
1 – MacKinnon, Nathan – C – Halifax – QMJHL
2 – Jones, Seth – D – Portland – WHL
3 – Barkov, Aleksander – F – Tappara – FinE
4 – Drouin, Jonathan – F – Halifax – QMJHL
5 – Monahan, Sean – C – Ottawa – OHL
6 – Lindholm, Elias – C – Brynas – SweE (+4)
7 – Nichushkin, Valery – F – Chelyabinsk Chelmet – RusS (+5)
8 – Shinkaruk, Hunter – F – Medicine Hat – WHL (-1)
9 – Nurse, Darnell – D – S.S. Marie – OHL
10 – Ristolainen, Rasmus – D – TPS Turku – FinE (-2)
11 – Zadorov, Nikita – D – London – OHL (+8)
12 – Lazar, Curtis – C – Edmonton – WHL (-6)
13 – Pulock, Ryan – D – Brandon – WHL (+2)
14 – Burakowsky, Andre – F – Malmo – SweAl (-3)
15 – Dickinson, Jason – F – Guelph – OHL (-1)
16 – Santini, Steve – D – USA U18 – NTDP
17 – Hagg, Robert – D – Modo – SweJE
18 – Morrissey, JT – D – Prince Albert – WHL (+7)
19 – Erne, Adam- F – Quebec – QMJHL (-1)
20 – De La Rose, Jacob – C – Leksands – SweAl (+1)
21 – Lehkonen, Artturi – F – Kuopio – FinE (-8)
22 – Gauthier, Frederik – C – Rimouski – QMJHL (+4)
23 – Rychel, Kerby – F – Windsor – OHL (-3)
24 – Thompson, Keaton – D – USA U18 – NTDP (-2)
25 – Kujawinski, Ryan – C – Kingston – OHL (-2)
26 – Bowey, Madison – D – Kelowna – WHL (NR)
27 – Fasching, Hudson – F – USA U18 – NTDP (-3)
28 – Bailey, Justin – C – Kitchener – OHL (NR)
29 – Theodore, Shea – D – Seattle – WHL (-1)
30 – Morin, Samuel – D – Rimouski – QMJHL (NR)
Falling out of the top-30: Viktor Crus-Rydberg, J. T. Compher, and Ian McCoshen.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)