Senators News (February 14th)

Sens fans love prospects, so what better day for an update?  Before I get there we have some Sens news along with a reminder that the B-Sens are in town tomorrow, so you should all go check them out.

Travis Yost writes about draft odds, but I’m a bit dubious about the relevance of the numbers from 2000-04 (given that teams put so much more emphasis on scouting subsequently).  A day after Travis’ article dropped, B_T looked at the draft lottery odds now that the NHL has changed them.

Nichols continues to tease fans with the idea that Chris Neil could be traded–it’s not his fault, given that Neil‘s name is being floated, but I don’t see it happening.

Speaking of trades, Sheer Craziness has a Corsi hard-on for Erik Condra and hopes the Sens keep him (he’s a UFA at the end of the year).  I like Condra well enough, but fourth-line forwards are not something Ottawa needs to hang onto at this stage.  A Cup caliber team can contemplate the right chemistry needed on the fourth line, but a rebuilding team needs slots open for developing players.

As for spare parts, Ary M (aka Arium…or not) looks at the plethora of depth blueliners and believes both Eric Gryba and Jared Cowen should go (Mark Borowiecki would also be included, but Ary believes the organisation wouldn’t part with him and I agree).

Evansville was only able to dress 13 skaters last night (losing 6-1).  I’m not sure how it happened–a mix of call-ups and injuries presumably, but it’s a strange thing to see.

Prospect update (players signed are in green, those for whom decisions must be made this year are in red)

SHL (Sweden)
Mikael Wikstrand (DOB 1993, DL, 7-196/12, Frolunda) 40-5-11-16
Two points in his last three games
Andreas Englund (DOB 1996, DL, 2-40/14, Djurgarden) 40-1-3-4
No points in his last two games
Marcus Hogberg (DOB 1994, GL, 3-78/13, Linkoping) 8-10-1 2.55 .908
Is 0-1-0 since last time, with no meaningful changes in his underlying numbers

Tobias Lindberg (DOB 1995, C/RW, 4-102/13, OHL, Oshawa) 52-26-38-64
Seven points in his last four games, moving up to 16th in overall scoring
Francis Perron
(DOB 1996, C/LW, 7-190/14, QMJHL, Rouyn-Noranda) 50-23-43-63
Two points in his last four games, dropping to 19th in overall scoring
Nick Paul (DOB 1995, LW, 4-101/13 Dallas, OHL, North Bay) 43-27-22-49
Six points in his last five games
Ben Harpur (DOB 1995, DL, 4-108/13, OHL, Guelph/Barrie) 43-5-22-27
Two points in his last five games
Vincent Dunn (DOB 1995, CL, 5-138/13, QMJHL, Rimouski) 37-15-10-25
No points in his last game
Miles Gendron (DOB 1996, DL, 3-70/14, BCHL, Penticton) 49-5-12-17
One point in his last five games

Quentin Shore (DOB 1994, C/RW, 6-168/13, U Denver) 26-9-10-19
One point in his last two games
Robbie Baillargeon (DOB 1993, CR, 5-136/12, Boston U) 18-1-11-12
Five points in his last three games
Shane Eiserman
(DOB 1995, LW, 4-100/14, U New Hampshire) 25-3-8-11
One point in his last three games
Chris Leblanc (DOB 1993, RW, 6-161/13, Merrimack) 20-5-4-9
No points in his last three games
Kelly Summers (DOB 1996, DR, 7-189/14, Clarkson) 26-5-4-9
Four points in his last three games

Tim Boyle (DOB 1993, DR, 4-106/12, Endicott) 18-3-8-11
No points in his last two games

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)