Senators News: March 27th

Jared Cowen practiced with the Sens today and Bruce Garrioch reports the plan is for him to start playing before the playoffs.

Mike Hoffman was recalled by the Sens yesterday.  Bobby Kelly (while amusingly reminiscing on Murray’s deadline dealings of the past) briefly makes the case for Hoffman, whose speed and puck skills are part of the package that makes him worth slotting into the lineup (Bobby points out he would have been among the first forwards recalled were it not for injury).

Kaspars Daugavins was picked off waivers by Boston; Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was in Ottawa’s management group when Daugavins was drafted in 2006.  Scott says the move was dictated by the trade for Matt Kassian along with Daugavins complaints about a lack of ice time.  I agree with Scott that I’d rather have Daugavins than Kassian, but that being said there wasn’t a long term future for the Dog-man beyond this season–there are far too many good players in the pipeline for him to remain in the organisation.

-Binghamton plays Wilkes-Barre (39-20-6) tonight; the Penguins are lead by Chad Kolarik (53 points) and backstopped by Jeff Zatkoff (20-19-0 2.00 .919).

Jakub Culek, who due to injury has barely played in the QMJHL this season, has signed an ATO with Binghamton (via the same link as Hoffman).

Ben Blood was sent down to Elmira (link above).

-Rather than a normal prospect update I thought I’d just highlight which players are still playing: Tim Boyle (NCAA, although he isn’t dressing), Cody Ceci (OHL), Jeff Costello (NCAA), Jordan Fransoo (WHL), Stefan Noesen (OHL), Matt Puempel (OHL), Troy Rutkowski (WHL), Francois Brassard (QMJHL), and Chris Driedger (WHL).  Four of these players are signed and may join Binghamton depending on how their (and the B-Sens) season pans out.

Hockey’s Future has been counting down their top-50 prospects and thus far Robin Lehner clocks in at #31 and Jakob Silfverberg at #30.  I find lists like this largely meaningless, but they are something almost everyone engages in so enjoy.

Ryan Kennedy offers his 2013 draft projections (no idea what Kennedy’s guesses are based on, but presumably he’s talked to scouts) and for context I’ve compared it to ISS’ last rankings (differences in brackets):
1 – Jones, Seth – D – Portland – WHL
2 – MacKinnon, Nathan – C – Halifax – QMJHL (3)
3 – Drouin, Jonathan – F – Halifax – QMJHL (4)
4 – Nichushkin, Valery – F – Chelyabinsk Chelmet – RusS (2)
5 – Barkov, Aleksander – F – Tappara – FinE (6)
6 – Monahan, Sean – C – Ottawa – OHL (9)
7 – Lindholm, Elias – C – Brynas – SweE (8)
8 – Nurse, Darnell – D – S.S. Marie – OHL (5)
9 – Shinkaruk, Hunter – F – Medicine Hat – WHL (13)
10 – Hagg, Robert – D – Modo – SweJE (23)
11 – Lazar, Curtis – C – Edmonton – WHL
12 – Zadorov, Nikita – D – London – OHL (7)
13 – Erne, Adam – F – Quebec – QMJHL (NR)
14 – Ristolainen, Rasmus – D – TPS Turku – FinE (10)
15 – Anthony Mantha – LW – QMJHL (27)
16 –Alexander Wennberg – C – Djurgarden – SweJr (18)
17 – Rychel, Kerby – F – Windsor – OHL (16)
18 – Pulock, Ryan – D – Brandon – WHL (12)
19 – Gauthier, Frederik – C – Rimouski – QMJHL (20)
20 – Morrissey, JT – D – Prince Albert – WHL (19)
21 –Bo Horvat – C – London – OHL (NR) (24)
22 –Valentin Zykov – RW – Baie-Comeau – QMJHL (15)
23 – Zach Fucale – G – Halifax – QMJHL (NR)
24 – Jacob de la Rose – LW – Leksands – SEL (NR)
25 –Max Domi – C – London – OHL (28)
26 – Santini, Steve – D – USA U18 – NTDP (22)
27 – Burakowsky, Andre – F – Malmo – SweAl (17)
28 – Morgan Klimchuk – LW – Regina – WHL (NR)
29 – Ian McCoshen – D – USHL (30)
30 – Eric Comrie – G – Tri City – WHL (NR)

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)