Senators News (April 7th)

As the Binghamton Senators were officially eliminated from playoff contention in the AHL, their NHL brothers have separated themselves out as the only team with a realistic shot of still making it (RIP Florida).  It seems no coincidence that the return of Zack Smith has created some turmoil in player usage (although he’s generally only receiving fourth line minutes).  Speaking of dead weight, the Sens are 17-4-3 without Chris Phillips and Chris Neil.  Bryan Murray isn’t a numbers guy though, so this may not mean much to management.

Despite all the playoff excitement, the blogosphere has been pretty dead other than game recaps, although it looks like Kristopher Bras at Hockey’s Future actually knows what he’s doing covering Ottawa (a first on that website).

Prospect update (players signed are in green, those for whom decisions must be made this year are in red).  All regular seasons are over:

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SHL (Sweden)
Mikael Wikstrand (DOB 1993, DL, 7-196/12, Frolunda) 46-5-15-20
He finished 14th in scoring by a defenseman; 12-0-4-4 in the playoffs thus far
Andreas Englund (DOB 1996, DL, 2-40/14, Djurgarden) 49-2-3-5
His season is over
Marcus Hogberg (DOB 1994, GL, 3-78/13, Linkoping) 12-11-4 2.30 .917
Finished 10th in GAA and 8th in save percentage; he’s 1-4 3.18 .903, splitting duties in net

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CHL
Tobias Lindberg (DOB 1995, C/RW, 4-102/13, OHL, Oshawa) 67-32-46-78
Finished 20th in overall scoring; 5-3-1-4 in the playoffs
Francis Perron
(DOB 1996, C/LW, 7-190/14, QMJHL, Rouyn-Noranda) 64-29-47-76
Finished 26th in overall scoring; 6-3-4-7 in the playoffs
Nick Paul (DOB 1995, LW, 4-101/13 Dallas, OHL, North Bay) 58-37-29-66
Finished 36th in overall scoring; 4-3-3-6 in the playoffs
Vincent Dunn (DOB 1995, CL, 5-138/13, QMJHL, Rimouski) 46-19-13-32
Has not played since last time
Ben Harpur
(DOB 1995, DL, 4-108/13, OHL, Guelph/Barrie) 57-5-26-31
4-2-3-5 in the playoffs
Miles Gendron (DOB 1996, DL, 3-70/14, BCHL, Penticton) 54-5-12-17
16-0-10-10 in the playoffs; did he sleepwalk through the regular season?

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NCAA
Quentin Shore (DOB 1994, C/RW, 6-168/13, U Denver) 39-10-16-26
Two points in his last two games
Robbie Baillargeon (DOB 1993, CR, 5-136/12, Boston U) 28-3-12-15
No points in his last two games
Shane Eiserman
(DOB 1995, LW, 4-100/14, U New Hampshire) 35-4-11-15
His season is over
Kelly Summers (DOB 1996, DR, 7-189/14, Clarkson) 33-6-4-10
His season is over
Chris Leblanc (DOB 1993, RW, 6-161/13, Merrimack) 28-5-4-9
His season is over

NCAA-III
Tim Boyle (DOB 1993, DR, 4-106/12, Endicott) 18-3-8-11
His season is over

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)