Binghamton Senators Update

It has been awhile since my last Binghamton update.  You can get game-by-game reflections from theianalex over at The Silver Seven or from Jeff Ulmer at SenShot.  Back in December (my last update), the B-Sens were on a hot streak and seemed to be getting over some of their issues, but 18 games later and the reality is this roster has significant weaknesses.  Binghamton is 6-10-2 over the stretch, including a particularly ugly losing streak earlier this month.  Their 129 GF keeps them 3rd in the Conference, so scoring isn’t an issue, but their 137 GA puts them 14th and that’s where the trouble is.  Team defense and goaltending just isn’t up to snuff.  As for individual numbers, here’s a quick look:

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6 Chris Wideman D 40 13 21 34 +5 53 7 0 0.85 1.32 140
18 Shane Prince LW 39 14 18 32 +3 20 5 0 0.82 0.51 103
9 Matt Puempel LW 41 11 15 26 -8 21 5 0 0.63 0.51 121
15 Cole Schneider RW 34 12 13 25 -1 6 3 0 0.74 0.18 80
11 Carter Camper C 41 5 17 22 -2 12 0 0 0.54 0.29 65
57 Derek Grant C 40 13 7 20 -3 27 4 0 0.50 0.68 101
20 Alex Grant D 34 5 15 20 -6 36 4 0 0.59 1.06 55
14 Patrick Mullen D 41 4 16 20 -4 30 3 0 0.49 0.73 52
44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau C 25 8 10 18 +6 25 1 1 0.72 1.00 94
10 Buddy Robinson RW 40 7 10 17 +7 23 0 1 0.42 0.57 82
72 Aaron Johnson D 41 1 16 17 +6 42 0 0 0.41 1.02 67
* 43 Ryan Dzingel C 33 9 6 15 -9 29 1 0 0.45 0.88 55
3 Fredrik Claesson D 41 3 10 13 -2 19 0 0 0.32 0.46 44
* 17 Max McCormick LW 32 6 6 12 +3 97 0 1 0.38 3.03 59
22 David Dziurzynski LW 34 4 7 11 +1 75 0 0 0.32 2.21 43
8 Daniel New D 22 2 7 9 +4 17 0 0 0.41 0.77 25
37 Darren Kramer LW 39 2 7 9 +1 161 0 0 0.23 4.13 53
* 27 Alex Guptill LW 29 4 4 8 +2 30 0 0 0.28 1.03 37
* 16 Garrett Thompson C 35 2 5 7 -4 27 0 0 0.20 0.77 41
19 Brad Mills C 9 1 3 4 -4 11 0 0 0.44 1.22 14
4 Michael Sdao D 22 1 2 3 -3 76 0 0 0.14 3.45 14
* 12 Danny Hobbs LW 7 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.29 0.00 7
24 David Marshall RW 4 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0.25 0.50 1
30 Andrew Hammond G 25 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.04 0.00 0
5 Marc Methot D 1 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1
84 Todd Bertuzzi RW 2 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2
* 41 Jakub Culek C 2 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0.00 1.00 4
* 33 Chris Driedger G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
21 Shawn Szydlowski RW 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.00 0.67 2
5 Nick Tuzzolino (total) click to view the entire list for Nick Tuzzolino D 3 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3
     Utica Comets D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
     Binghamton Senators D 2 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 3
7 Guillaume Lepine D 5 0 0 0 +1 14 0 0 0.00 2.80 4
31 Peter Mannino (total) click to view the entire list for Peter Mannino G 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
     Portland Pirates G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
     Binghamton Senators G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
35 Scott Greenham G 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
1 Scott Greenham 13 706:33 28 1 2.38 7 4 1 378 350 0.926
2 * Chris Driedger 2 119:57 6 0 3.00 2 0 0 55 49 0.891
3 Andrew Hammond 25 1368:43 80 2 3.51 7 13 2 782 702 0.898
4 Peter Mannino (total) click to view the entire list for  8 420:49 25 0 3.56 1 3 2 252 227 0.901

It’s worth noting that Scott Greenham, with by far the better numbers of Binghamton’s goalies, is currently babysitting the awful Evansville affiliate in the ECHL.  Picking Mannino off the scrap-heap hasn’t helped and Luke Richardson still hasn’t figured out Hammond can’t handle back-to-back starts.  The results are certainly the reason Bryan Murray threw Bingo’s goaltenders under the bus last week.

As for the rest of the roster, Wideman continues his fantastic season, even if he hasn’t been able to keep up his point-per-game pace.  Prince leads all scorers over the 18 games with 14 points (followed by Camper with 13, Wideman with 11, and both Puempel and Mullen with 9; Schneider and Alex Grant, if healthy, would certainly be among the leaders).  On the negative side, it’s clear FA signee Thompson is a complete dud (two points in his last fifteen), while Guptill (three points in his last fifteen) looks like dead weight Dallas was ejecting when they traded for Jason Spezza.  I think if Dzingel cleaned up his play without the puck he has a bright future.  I’m on the fence about Puempel; I expect more production from a first-round pick whose forte was scoring, but on the other hand he needs the opportunities to make it happen and whatever his stats are he’s still near the top of Bingo’s charts.

Back to my favourite topic, Binghamton’s goaltending.  I’m not sure why management wanted to send Greenham down and sign a veteran goaltender mid-season, but doing that, why choose Mannino?  The decision has been a disaster and the blame can’t fully fall on the team in front of him since Greenham won with the same players.  Mannino has won just a single game and only had a GAA under 3.00 in his most recent (OT) loss.  Incredibly, Hammond has also only won a single game since his signing and his numbers are worse with his new partner.  Admittedly, Binghamton has no hope of making the playoffs, so the team might as well play younger players, but that means Mannino‘s addition makes even less sense.  The move smells of Bryan Murray–acquiring an older player when it’s too late who has no positive impact whatsoever.  It’s still early, admittedly.

With Jakub Culek no longer part of the organisation, only Troy Rutkowski and Chris Dreidger are the only prospects remaining in Evansville.  Neither player is excelling, but given how awful the team around them is, I’m not sure how much can be drawn from that.  Driedger is a young goalie, so there’s time for him to improve, but I think the clock has run out on Rutkowski‘s.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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5 Comments

  1. “…I think the clock has run out on Rutkowski.”

    Hopefully this is not the case. I haven’t seen the guy play but his numbers have improved over last year. Seeing as he is only 22 and a defence-man I’d say that he could reasonably be expected to improve. I’m partial to giving young D-men in our system a long look and many chances because we have little depth at the position.

    • It’s entirely possible Rutkowski could be a late bloomer, but typically prospects don’t spend two seasons in the ECHL and then evolve into good pros. His numbers *could* be skewed this year because of how bad Evansville is, but the odds are not great (keep in mind he’s also a draft pick Colorado gave up on–Ottawa signed him as a FA).

  2. Troy Rutkowski has been an a forgotten option for the B-Sens as supported by the recent team signing of 2 PTO’s.

  3. […] been well over a month since my last update.  Back in January, the B-Sens were 6-10-2, including a particularly ugly losing streak.  The […]


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