Binghamton Senators Update

Things have changed considerably for the B-Sens since my last update.  The team, back then time flailing with an overworked Andrew Hammond and several underperforming players, seems to be getting back on track.  Thirteen games since my last look and the B-Sens have gone 8-4-1, with 79 GF (remaining 3rd in the conference) and 71 GA (tied for 11th, up from 14th).  Before I get into detailed thoughts here are the raw numbers:

6 Chris Wideman D 23 11 12 23 +7 24 5 0 1.00 1.04 81
18 Shane Prince LW 21 9 9 18 +4 8 2 0 0.86 0.38 52
15 Cole Schneider RW 22 9 9 18 -4 4 3 0 0.82 0.18 61
44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau C 23 8 10 18 +6 25 1 1 0.78 1.09 87
9 Matt Puempel LW 23 6 11 17 -4 9 3 0 0.74 0.39 71
14 Patrick Mullen D 23 3 9 12 -2 10 2 0 0.52 0.43 35
10 Buddy Robinson RW 23 3 9 12 +4 14 0 1 0.52 0.61 41
20 Alex Grant D 23 2 10 12 -4 8 1 0 0.52 0.35 34
72 Aaron Johnson D 23 1 11 12 +14 22 0 0 0.52 0.96 29
57 Derek Grant C 23 7 4 11 +8 13 1 0 0.48 0.57 55
11 Carter Camper C 23 2 7 9 -3 2 0 0 0.39 0.09 25
3 Fredrik Claesson D 23 1 8 9 -2 11 0 0 0.39 0.48 28
* 43 Ryan Dzingel C 18 4 3 7 -5 19 0 0 0.39 1.06 30
* 17 Max McCormick LW 15 3 4 7 +4 32 0 0 0.47 2.13 26
22 David Dziurzynski LW 17 2 5 7 +7 42 0 0 0.41 2.47 18
* 27 Alex Guptill LW 14 3 2 5 +2 14 0 0 0.36 1.00 22
* 16 Garrett Thompson F 20 2 3 5 -1 16 0 0 0.25 0.80 26
8 Daniel New D 12 1 3 4 +6 8 0 0 0.33 0.67 14
37 Darren Kramer LW 22 0 4 4 -1 93 0 0 0.18 4.23 32
* 12 Danny Hobbs F 7 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.29 0.00 7
4 Michael Sdao D 14 1 1 2 -1 40 0 0 0.14 2.86 8
30 Andrew Hammond G 15 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.07 0.00 0
Not active on this team 41 Jakub Culek C 2 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0.00 1.00 4
Not active on this team 33 Chris Driedger G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
35 Scott Greenham G 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0

Numbers always need context, so let’s break down the lineup by position and experience.  I’ll begin with veterans (players no longer on ELCs), look at the prospects in at least year two of their pro career, and then at the rookies, all divided by position (in brackets I’ve put their ages followed by how many years they’ve been playing pro hockey, not including this one); I left Danny Hobbs out, btb, as I have Culek (the latter, despite being an actual prospect, clearly has no home in Bingo yet).

Forwards
Vets
Cole Schneider (24/2) – tied with Prince and Pageau as the top scoring forward on the team (and tied with the former for the goal lead), he’s had 14 points since my last post, which is the most of any player over that span
Derek Grant (24/3) – the best plus/minus among forwards, he’s on pace for a career high in points (he’s had six over the last thirteen games)
Carter Camper (26/3) – after a horrendous start to the season he’s notched eight points, but is in the midst of another slump (pointless in five games)
David Dziurzynski (25/4) – steady Dizzy had a rough start to the season with only two points in his first twelve games, but has now tallied in five straight
Prospects
Shane Prince (21/2) – looks to be breaking out in terms of production and was on fire in November (12 points in ten games)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (22/2) – is one of the few B-Sens to produce consistently for the entire season; has ten points over the last thirteen games
Matt Puempel (21/1) – first-rounder has started to round into form with 11 points in his last thirteen
Buddy Robinson (23/1) – known principally for his size, he was plagued by inconsistency as a rookie and that continues; after a strong start he’s faded with just 5 points over the stretch
Darren Kramer (23/2) – something about him must impress Richardson, but it’s not his definitely not his play with the puck
Rookies
Ryan Dzingel (22) – after a horrendous 7 game pointless streak he’s had four in his last eight
Max McCormick (22) – there was some hesitancy in playing him early, but he’s dressed for 10 of the last 13 outings and posted 6 points
Alex Guptill (22) – a slow start from the rookie acquired in the Spezza trade, but when he’s played he’s been somewhat productive (4 points in his last six games)
Garrett Thompson (24) – an unheralded NCAA FA signing; I have no idea what the Sens thought they were getting with him, but “underwhelming” is the word with just two points in his last nine

Defensemen
Vets
Chris Wideman (24/2) – absolutely lights out this season and has nothing left to prove offensively in the AHL where he leads all defensemen in scoring; he deserves a call-up
Patrick Mullen (28/5) – after a rocky start to the season he’s rounded into form with nine points over the last thirteen games
Alex Grant (25/5) – had a very slow start (six points in eighteen games) before exploding of late
Aaron Johnson
(31/11) – a true veteran, he’s been as-advertised
Daniel New (25/2) – slatted for the ECHL, it seems like any time a hole needs to be plugged on the Binghamton blueline it’s the undrafted NCAA grad; doesn’t really do anything spectacular, but can get the job done in a limited way
Prospects
Fredrik Claesson (22/2) – steady Freddy had an awful start to the season before gradually rounding into form
Michael Sdao (25/1) – an unremarkable start isn’t a worrying sign for a player like Sdao who can still evolve (at least at the AHL level)

Goalies (all vets)
Andrew Hammond (26/1) – Richardson had an early season addiction to Hammond–or perhaps a lack of faith in Greenham–and overplayed him, but he’s been great in five of his last six starts
Scott Greenham (27/3) – slatted for the ECHL, he’s been good in every start except his last

At the moment the player who impresses most is Wideman; while others are having good seasons, he’s in the midst of a fantastic one.  On the flip side are the disappointments: Camper, Thompson (at 24 being a rookie is no excuse), and Sdao.  Of the rookies it’s hard to pick the standout right now, but the best looks to be either Dzingel or McCormick.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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3 Comments

  1. My understanding is that Sdao has been injured, not a healthy scratch.

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