Sens Rookie Tournament Preview

I previously looked at the Sens rookie tournament roster, but I thought I’d put it in context before their game this afternoon by looking at the rosters of their competitors (Chicago, Toronto, and Pittsburgh); I’ve included comments for most of the players (those with none are on track or else were just drafted and there’s not much to say).  Key: players in italics are on ATO’s; players in blue spent last season playing in the AHL or ECHL.

Here’s the Sens roster (it includes 3 first rounders and 13 pro players):

Forwards
Jakub Culek (3-76/10, QMJHL)
Vincent Dunn (5-138/13, QMJHL)
Derek Grant (4-119/08, AHL)
Wacey Hamilton (AHL)
Danny Hobbs (ECHL)
Ludwig Karlsson (NCAA)
Darren Kramer (6-156/11, ECHL/AHL)
Curtis Lazar (1-17/13, OHL)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (4-96/11, AHL)
Andre Petersson (4-109/08, AHL)
Shane Prince (2-61/11, AHL)
Matt Puempel (1-24/11, OHL)
Buddy Robinson (NCAA)
Cole Schneider (AHL)
Mark Stone (6-178/10, AHL)

Defense
Ben Blood (4-120/07, ECHL/AHL)
Cody Ceci (1-15/12, OHL)
Fredrik Claesson (5-126/11, AHL)
Ben Harpur (4-108/13, OHL)
Danny New (ECHL/AHL)
Troy Rutkowski (5-137/10 Col, WHL)
Michael Sdao (7-191/09, NCAA)
Chris Wideman (4-100/09, AHL)

Goaltenders
Francois Brassard (6-166/12, QMJHL)
Chris Driedger (3-76/12, WHL)
Andrew Hammond (NCAA)

Ottawa has by far the most experienced roster here which (for those interested in wins) gives them the edge in the tournament.  The players I’m most interested in seeing are those I’ve never seen play before–so the 2013 selections along with the NCAA free agents.  Here’s the Leaf’s roster (it includes 4 first rounders and 5 pro players):

Forwards
Tyler Biggs (1-22/11, OHL)
David Broll (6-152/11, OHL) – enjoyed a career year in his final junior season
Connor Brown (6-156/12, OHL) – had a career year
Sam Carrick (5-144/10, ECHL/AHL) – unable to be a regular AHLer in his rookie season
Andrew Crescenzi (ECHL/AHL) – mediocre numbers for the big center
Jamie Devane (3-68/09, ECHL/AHL) – big winger hasn’t established himself as a pro yet
Frederik Gauthier (1-21/13, QMJHL)
Fabrice Herzog (5-142/13, Swiss Jr) – good numbers in his own league; will play in the Q this season
Josh Leivo (3-86/11, OHL) – slightly better numbers in his final junior season
Greg McKegg (3-62/10, AHL) – was solid in his pro rookie season
Brad Ross (2-43/10, AHL) – super pest struggled in his rookie season
Matt Rupert (OHL) – undersized brother of Ryan had decent numbers
Ryan Rupert (6-157/12, OHL) – slightly improved his ppg last season
Carter Verhaeghe (3-82/13, OHL)

Defencemen
Matt Finn (2-35/12, OHL)
Petter Grenberg (4-116/10, SHL) – did not play a lot in Sweden last year
Andrew MacWilliam (7-188/08, NCAA) – unremarkable numbers from the four-year college grad
Trevor Murphy (OHL) – undersized defender was minus 37 last season
Stuart Percy (1-25/11, OHL)
Kevin Raine (OHL) – righthanded shot does not have remarkable numbers
Morgan Reilly (1-5/12, WHL)
Zachary Yuen (4-119/11 Win, WHL) – production seems to have flat lined since he was drafted

Goaltenders
Antoine Bibeau (6-172/13, QMJHL)
Christopher Gibson (2-49/11 LA, QMJHL) – couldn’t put up the same numbers as his draft year as he finished junior
Garret Sparks (7-190/11, OHL) – his final year in junior was his career best

Toronto has the most high-end picks in the tourney, but also a number of unremarkable players.  The players I’m most interested in watching are Fabrice Herzog and Petter Grenberg.  Here’s the Blackhawks roster (oddly, none of their 2013 selections will play; it includes 3 first rounders and 4 pro players):

Forwards
Alex Broadhurst (7-199/11, OHL) – made a good USHL-to-OHL transition
Terry Broadhurst (FA, ECHL/AHL) – Alex’s older brother, the former college player is looking to establish himself in the AHL
Phillip Danault (1-26/11, QMJHL)
Chris Desousa (CIS) – undersized ex-OHLer has done well in the CIS
Byron Froese (4-119/09, ECHL) – demoted from the AHL last year
David Gilbert (7-209/09, CHL) – unable to stay in the AHL the first two years of his ELC
Drew Leblanc (NCAA) – very productive college player entering first pro season
Johnny McGuire ( OHL) – pugilist brings his 0.06 ppg to the table
Mark McNeill (1-18/11, WHL)
Pat Mullane (NCAA) – another very productive college grad entering his first pro season
Joakim Nordstrom (3-90/10, SHL) – hasn’t evolved much playing in Sweden
Garret Ross (5-139/12, OHL) – had a huge final year in junior
Maxim Shalunov (4-109/11, VHL/MHL) – arrives after not being able to establish himself as a VHL regular

Defencemen
Travis Brown (5-149/12, WHL) – a minus 22 last season
Dillon Fournier (2-48/12, QMJHL) – took a step back offensively
Joe Gleason (7-192/08, NCAA) – steady but unremarkable numbers for the college grad
Adam Henry (WHL) – unremarkable numbers in junior
Dylan Olsen (1-28/09, AHL) – not much progress in his third AHL season
Bobby Shea (NCAA) – coming off a solid senior year; slotted to play in the ECHL
Viktor Svedberg (SHL) – 6’8, offensively challenged European free agent is set to begin his AHL career

Goaltenders
Mac Carruth (7-191/10, WHL) – enjoyed a great final year of junior
Brandon Whitney (7-191/12, QMJHL) – not much progress from his draft year, but a good playoff

Chicago’s group is a mix of over and under achievers.  The players I’m most interested in seeing are Drew Leblanc, Pat Mullane, Joakim Nordstrom, Maxim Shalunov, and Viktor Svedberg.  Here’s Pittsburgh’s roster (features a ton (12) of ATO players; it includes 2 first rounders and 8 pro players):

Forwards
Cameron Brace (OHL) – coming off a solid season
 Jean-Sebastien Dea (QMJHL) – great season in the Q
Bobby Farnham (AHL) – earned himself a two-way contract by racking up penalty minutes
Tom Kuhnhackl (4-110/10, AHL) – coming off injury-plagued season
Matia Marcantuoni (4-92/12, OHL) – had a poor season with Kitchener
Jason Megna (AHL) – signed early out of college, had a mediocre rookie season
Richard Nejezchleb (WHL) – had a solid but abbreviated rookie season in junior
Adam Payerl (AHL) – coming off a mediocre rookie season
Liam O’Brien (QMJHL) – good penalty totals, but not much else
Connor Rankin (WHL) – solid junior season for undrafted forward
Carter Rowney (NCAA) – solid college player entering his rookie season
Scott Simmonds (OHL) – nothing of note here
Cody Sylvester (WHL) – career year in his final hurrah of junior
Dominik Uher (5-144/11, AHL) – had a rough season in the minors

Defencemen
Nick D’Agostina (7-210/08, NCAA) – consistent numbers for the college grad
Brian Dumoulin (2-51/09 Clb, AHL) – coming off his rookie season in the AHL
Scott Harrington (2-54/11, OHL)
Olli Maatta (1-22/12, OHL)
Reid McNeill (6-170/10, ECHL) – buried in Wheeling in his first pro season
Derrick Pouliot (1-8/12, WHL)
Harrison Ruopp (3-84/11 Phx, WHL) – makes impressions with his fists, not his scoring
Philip Sameulsson (2-61/09, AHL) – not much progress after his second pro season
Clark Seymour (5-143/12, OHL)

Goaltenders
Eric Hartzell (NCAA) – coming off a great finish to his collegiate career
Tristan Jarry (2-44/13, WHL)
Matt Murray (3-83/12, OHL)

The Penguin roster is a hodgepodge of ATO hopefuls, struggling ELC players, and sprinkles of actual talent.  The forward group is particularly weak on the surface.  The player I’m most interested in seeing perform is Eric Hartzell.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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3 Comments

  1. Pete,
    At the end of the tourney are you going to post your evaluation of the prospects?

    I’d be interested to see what you think.

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