Senators News (December 27th)

As the holiday whirlwind begins to settle down it’s time to take another gander at Sens news from the last week or so.

Ottawa lost their only game since my last post 2-1 to Washington and there’s not a whole lot to squeeze from that game.  The Sens did sign Nick Paul to an ELC (about which more below), adding yet another forward to their depth down the line.

The B-Sens won their only game since last time (3-0 over Wilkes-Barre), with Scott Greenham picking up the shutout and the Ohio State boys (Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick) picking up the goals.  Evansville is 1-0-1 since my last post.

Amelia takes a look at TOI under Cameron–admittedly a small sample size–and the main takeaways from her are:
Chris Phillips‘ lost ice time (when he plays) is going to Eric Gryba, Mark Borowiecki, and Jared Cowen
Erik Condra, Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan, Mark Stone, Mika Zibanejad, and Kyle Turris are playing more while David Legwand, Zack Smith, and Colin Greening are playing less
Amelia is right that it’s too early to make conclusions, but the huge change in ice time for Phillips, Legwand, Greening, and Smith are all good things and I hope they continue.

Silver Sevener theianalex tries to project Nick Paul into the future, but the article is saddled with limited information (the largely useless assessments from Hockey’s Future, a brief comment from Corey Pronman, and broad unsourced comparative numbers).  Assessing a prospect is never easy even when you have the best possible scouting information, so I applaud the effort while wishing there was more substance to it.  You can read scouting reports from Paul‘s draft year here and get an idea about draft success post-lockout here (a limited sample size, but a more applicable one).

Speaking of Paul, we have thoughts on he and the other Sens prospects at the WJC (Andreas Englund and Curtis Lazar) from the above writer.

As for the WJC tournament itself, it is just underway so there’s not much to be drawn from it yet.  I would love to see some data about how players who participate in it perform as pros, but I suspect I will have to do so myself.  Anecdotally I’d suggest not putting much stock into the performances.

I’d been ignoring the stories about the Sens seeking a new arena until the piece I’ve linked (with the Sens making a formal request the redevelop LeBreton Flats).  It could be posturing on Melnyk’s part, an attempt to get concessions for SBP or for other projects, but it may also be a real effort on his part.  I’m not sure how well conceived the location is, even if the obvious plus of an arena not being in Kanata is there.

Moribund first-round pick Jim O’Brien has landed back in the AHL (Hershey) after being released from the KHL (Metallurg).  Speaking of moribund, Kyle Wharton, who participated in the 2009 Sens rookie tournament, was released from his Austrian team.

Prospect update (most were on Christmas break)

SHL (Sweden)
Mikael Wikstrand (DOB 1993, DL, 7-196/12, Frolunda) 26-3-6-9
No points in his game
Andreas Englund (DOB 1996, DL, 2-40/14, Djurgarden) 30-1-3-4
On the Swedish WJC roster so hasn’t played
Marcus Hogberg (DOB 1994, GL, 3-78/13, Linkoping) 4-6-0 2.65 .903
Was loaned to Oskarshamin in the Allsvenskan where he’s posted a 1.66 GAA and .934 save percentage in six games

Francis Perron (DOB 1996, C/LW, 7-190/14, QMJHL, Rouyn-Noranda) 32-17-25-42
Has not played since last time
Tobias Lindberg
(DOB 1995, C/RW, 4-102/13, OHL, Oshawa) 31-13-26-39
Has not played since last time
Nick Paul (DOB 1995, LW, 4-101/13 Dallas, OHL, North Bay) 27-19-15-34
Has not played since he’s at Canada’s WJC camp
Vincent Dunn (DOB 1995, CL, 5-138/13, QMJHL, Rimouski) 30-12-10-22
Has not played since last time
Ben Harpur (DOB 1995, DL, 4-108/13, OHL, Guelph) 24-4-16-20
No points in his last game
Miles Gendron (DOB 1996, DL, 3-70/14, BCHL, Penticton) 36-4-10-14
No points in his last game

Quentin Shore (DOB 1994, C/RW, 6-168/13, U Denver) 14-6-7-13
Hasn’t played since last time
Shane Eiserman (DOB 1995, LW, 4-100/14, U New Hampshire) 12-3-2-5
Hasn’t played since last time
Chris Leblanc (DOB 1993, RW, 6-161/13, Merrimack) 8-3-0-3
Hasn’t played since last time
Robbie Baillargeon (DOB 1993, CR, 5-136/12, Boston U) 7-1-1-2
Hasn’t played since last time
Kelly Summers (DOB 1996, DR, 7-189/14, Clarkson) 15-0-1-1
Hasn’t played since last time

Tim Boyle (DOB 1993, DR, 4-106/12, Endicott) 15-3-8-11
Hasn’t played since last time

Best of the season to everyone!

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)



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