Senators News: September 3rd

-Sadly, Sens prospect Jarrod Maidens‘ season is already being cut short by recurring concussion symptoms.  At this point the hope has to be less about hockey and more about Maidens simply being symptom free at some point in the future.

Mark Stone talked about making the jump to the next level:

There are a lot of guys who can play in the NHL. You realize that everybody is so close, from the AHL to the NHL, it’s just not that far apart, guys are knocking on the door everyday. It’s just a matter of who can do it on a consistent basis. I feel like I’m close. I’ve felt that way for the last couple of years. I know I’m knocking on the door. It’s just a matter of me putting together some consistent hockey and showing I can play at this level for an 82-game season.

Travis Yost wonders how the team will use Cory Conacher (the man who was overwhelmed by his exit interview–likely focussing on his conditioning and a commitment to both ends of the ice) and suggests the diminutive forward will be on a very short leash and could be passed over by other prospects.  I agree with Travis that Conacher will likely play the wing with Mika Zibanejad.

Sensfan90 looks at expectations for the Sens players attending the rookie camp and it’s a solid piece, I’d only suggest that Daniel New is essentially playing to establish himself as a call-up for Binghamton (not a spot on the main roster) and that I don’t believe Mark Stone, Matt Puempel, or Cody Ceci have a shot at the main roster to start the season barring injury.  All three are likely enough call-ups, however.

-I updated my look at the success of NCAA free agents in the NHL along with my look at ECHL success stories.

-For those of you who remember Andrey Osadchenko‘s rumour that the Sens were interested in Russian blueliner Viktor Antipin, he’s signed a new three-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

-It’s funny how after resisting any expansion of replay for so long the NHL’s one exception this season is something as trivial as reviewing high sticking double minors.  Given the sad state of the league’s officiating and the declining rate of penalty calls, I suppose this limp addition is what should be expected.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)



  1. Hey thanks for the linking my story :). Daniel New played better than Blood and Eckford down the stretch and with Lebda gone, he defintely has a shot. Though I totally agree he could end up as the first choice replacement (ala Downing) from Elmira

    • np–it was well done. Blood was a huge disappointment last season and while New could push him out I don’t see Eckford going anywhere given his fat AHL contract. The best I can see for New is being a spare defenseman, although for the organisation’s sake they’ll want Blood to wake up and reach his potential.

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