–Scott had the scoring chances vs San Jose 7-23. Ouch.
-The Sens are having a hard time selling tickets to the home opener–is it the local economy, the on ice product, or an owner who tells fans he’s on a budget and can’t compete? I haven’t seen any serious attempt to answer the question, but I assume it’s a combination of the first and third option.
–Jeremy Milks preaches patience and expects (along with every other Sens blogger) Mika Zibanejad to be recalled, but he also throws out Jim O’Brien as someone to come up. From what I can tell Jeremy hasn’t paid any attention to what’s going on in Binghamton, but he thinks the Sens need bigger centers (because bigger is better) and that the financially strapped team would rather pay O’Brien his NHL salary in the NHL. The Mika call-up is a no brainer, as is the Stephane Da Costa demotion, but I don’t see O’Brien returning.
-Back in January Phil Birnbaum used a mathematical approach to try to determine how much of a role luck played in determining NHL outcomes (based off Tangotiger‘s work from 2006 when he looked at all the big leagues). Phil doesn’t explain the methodology for explaining “luck” and Tango’s is buried in his comments (you can get a better sense of what the math is all about here), but concludes it takes 73 games before luck ceases to be a factor in the NHL. Do we see that evident in league standings? It does offer an answer to how random lower seeded playoff teams seem to be along with the yingyang throughout the league in terms of standings amongst all but the best of the best. Interesting food for thought.
-Not to beat a dead horse, but warning bells are ringing for Jakub Culek who is the only player on Binghamton’s roster to see no game action this season. Barring injury I continue to assume he’ll be sent down to Elmira. [Chris Lund informs me Culek is rehabbing a shoulder injury, which both explains why he’s still on the Binghamton roster as well as why he hasn’t played; given that he’s been practicing with the team he’s presumably close to being ready to play.]
-A few updates on B-Sens from last year who lacked a team coming into the season: as mentioned yesterday Louie Caporusso and Dustin Gazley have found homes with Reading (ECHL); Jack Downing is with South Carolina (ECHL) after attending Bruins camp; ATO Nick Craven is currently with Utah (ECHL).
-Elmira continues to reduce its roster, cutting Michael Beaudry, Vincent Richer, and goaltender Nick Niedert.
-Here’s my overview of undrafted success stories in the NHL.
–ISS has released its October rankings for the 2014 draft:
|3||Dal Colle, Michael||F||6/20/1996||L||6.01.5||179||Oshawa||OHL|
|10||Draisaitl, Leon||C||10/27/1995||L||6.01.75||208||Prince Albert||WHL|
|13||Clarke, Blake||F||1/24/1996||L||6.01.25||199||North Bay||OHL|
|14||McCann, Jared||C||5/31/1996||L||6.00.25||179||S.S. Marie||OHL|
|15||Bleackley, Conner||C/RW||2/7/1996||R||6.00.5||192||Red Deer||WHL|
|17||Fleury, Haydn||LD||7/8/1996||L||6.02.5||198||Red Deer||WHL|
|18||Martin, Brycen||LD||5/9/1996||L||6.01.75||182||Swift Current||WHL|
|22||Glover, Jack||RD||5/17/1996||R||6.03.25||190||USA Under-18||NTDP|
|23||Tuch, Alex||RW||5/10/1996||R||6.03.5||213||USA Under-18||NTDP|
|25||Schmaltz, Nick||RW||2/23/1996||R||5.11.5||172||Green Bay||USHL|
|29||Larkin, Dylan||LW||7/30/1996||L||6.00.75||190||USA Under-18||NTDP|
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)
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