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Top Prospects & Binghamton Senators / Mark Stone
« on: February 22, 2011, 08:38:51 PM »
Senschirp posting the latest prospect update...

Some highlights:

1.  David Rundblad continues to dominate in the SEL - third in league scoring
2.  Mark Stone (drafted 2010-6th, 178th overall) third in WHL scoring including recent CHL Player of the Week honours.  He posted 4 goals and 9 assists in just three games including a 6pt night against Saskatoon.  He currently has 32G and 54A in just 60 games.

Sens Talk / Sens Press Conference at 9:45am
« on: February 12, 2010, 08:28:45 AM »
Just heard this on the Fan590.  Brian Murray and Cyril Leeder are hosting a press conference at 9:45am this morning.

Anyone know anything about this?  Nothing on the team's website....

Sens Talk / Murray on Hockey Central
« on: February 09, 2010, 03:49:39 PM »
Not sure how many others were able to listen in today.....thought I would quickly summarize the Brian Murray interview on Hockey Central

On Karlsson / Lee
  • Very pleased with Karlsson. Says he's been "outsanding" in his past 12 games.  He's defensive game has really improved.  He's quick to the puck and uses his stick well to steal pucks along the boards. Once he has the puck, he's very creative.
  • Referenced Karlsson's pass to Alfie on the game winning goal against Boston as something really stood out to him.
  • Compared Karlsson to Dan Boyle - someone who can't jump in on the rush and adds a scoring threat.
  • Karlsson and Lee are very different players.  Says there's no point in comparing their development.
  • Says Lee will be a very good defenseman one day but doesn't expect him to produce much offensively.

On Volchenkov
  • Has submitted a proposal.  Waiting to hear back from Grossman.
  • Says things are progressing slowly.

On the Trade Deadline
  • Doesn't expect to do much.  Thinks if anything is done, it'll be post-Olympics.
  • Would want to add a goal-scorer to add a dimension to Ottawa in close games....specifically during the playoffs.

On the Olympics
  • Says he not going to Vancouver.
  • Insists he's going to step away from the game for a week at his Florida home.

Not discussed (interestingly)...
  • Goaltending

Top Prospects & Binghamton Senators / Merits of the U.S. NTDP
« on: February 02, 2010, 10:49:37 AM »
I was inspired to begin this thread after the recent debates concerning the drafting of Brian Lee.  It considers the impact of the U.S. National Team Development Program on the professional success of U.S. NHL players.

As many of you know this is an incredibly well-funded, Michigan-based program that prepares student/athletes for careers in professional hockey.  Most of the graduates of this program go on to play in the NCAA and the list of NHL alum is impressive... including our own Nick Foligno.

Between 2000 and 2007, approximately 18 players drafted in the top-10 had been developed in U.S. programs (HS, NCAA, NTDP) representing about 22%. Eleven of these went through the NTDP in Ann Arbor.  The other seven were a mix of players who did not join the junior program (Wheeler, Montoya, Okposo, Lee) and non-Americans who attended U.S. schools (Heatley, Vanek, Toews).

Ten of the eleven NTDP players have regular NHL gigs.  These are:

Dipietro (2000)
Komisarek (2001)
Suter (2003)
Whitney / Nystrom (2002)
J.Jonhson (2005)
E.Johnson / Kessel (2006)
Kane / VanRiemsdyk (2007)

That represents better than a 90% success-rate.  Granted I only looked at top-10 (to keep this post as short as possible) and the numbers probably don't look as good when you begin to include later rounds.  Still, it's a pretty telling story, especially if you compare it to the CHL or European leagues.  The only player amongst the NTDP group who has not gone on to be an effective player on an NHL team is Jack Skille (2005). 

Now let's look at the remaining 4 U.S.-developed drafts.. none of which went through the NTDP.  Wheeler and Okposo have gone on to hold down regular jobs on NHL teams.  Only  Montoya and Lee have not proven themselves to be regular NHL players. 

I'm not here necessarily to say that this trend should have been obvious to Muckler when he drafted Lee but it's clear that this program is one to watch closely now.  As for current Senators who have gone through the program at some point and were drafted in the first round?  Well, as mentioned, Foligno is a solid player who improves every season.  Jim O'Brien was a first-rounder and is a NTDP alum. 

Even though 2008 saw only one NTDP-player drafted in the top-10 (Colin Wilson) and 2009 didn't see one until the 22nd pick (Jordan Schroeder), the program's recent successes at both the WJC and the Under-17 should suggest a flurry of high picks amongst this group in 2010 and 2011.

Some names to consider in the first round this year:

Player (current ranking)
Derek Forbort (11th) - Defense
Jonathan Merrill (20th) - Defense
Stephen Johns (28th) - Defense
Billy Arnold (30th) - Forward

Sens Talk / Clouston Thread
« on: October 11, 2009, 10:53:46 AM »
Clouston is 22-12-4 since he took over last February and certainly seems to be producing in these first 4 games despite the dramatic changes to the team.  He may only have three wins against arguably weaker teams but nonetheless he's filling the proper column in the win-loss record.

He also survived the Heatley saga when it could have gone the other way.

In this morning's Toronto Star, in an article title "Wilson, Leafs just not clicking," Damien Cox compares Ron's performance to that of Cory's:

"When, exactly, is the Wilson factor going to have an impact, at least in the way Cory Clouston has seemingly improved the Ottawa Senators?"

Now I know Cox isn't a favourite among the group here, but relative to our closest rival and a team that we have to beat consistently this season to earn the points needed to make it to the playoffs, this statement is a nice summary of the character that we began to witness late last season and that we are apparently seeing in these first four games.  The word "improved" especially hits home because it's term that we didn't really have to mention all that much between 2000 and 2007.

A lot of good needs to happen between now and April for the above words to have real meaning but here's the feeling good about the man pulling the strings.   :beer toast:

General Hockey Discussions / Heatley Traded - TSN
« on: September 12, 2009, 02:27:45 PM »
McKenzie reports...

Cheechoo, Michalek and a 2nd round pick..

Looks like Murray caved in to the pressure.

Sens Talk / Prospects: Who are you rooting for?
« on: July 17, 2009, 02:35:36 PM »
I was going to write this long summary of who would be attending camp and I was going to try to place each prospect into a bucket based on their potential and blah blah blah blah blah.....

What I really wanted to know was which players were people really pulling for in the near future.  I know the number of available roster spots on the 2009-10 team are few so I extend this question to the season after next.

What prospects are you the most excited about?
Who would you like to see make the club this season? Or next season?

Oh...and Class...try to approach this from our side.  I know it can be hard....  ;)

I'll start...

Erik Karlsson.  I hope he threatens this year and really makes it a tough decision for management.  I really feel he can become a Rafalski / even Bourque-like defensman...

Jared Cowen.  I don't think he'll make the team this year but I also don't think he will spend much time in Binghampton should they send him back to Spokane between now and his eventual addition to the team.

Patrick Wiercioch.  Some people insist both he and Cowen were steals for Ottawa.  But Patrick's progression has been eerily quiet - a factor of playing at the University of Denver, no doubt.  Still the optimist in me says that this is a good thing because he'll look like he came out of nowhere when he comes up to the NHL and plays like a demon.

All defensemen...I know.  I just like what these guys bring to the table.  As for forwards, I am historically impatient so it's tough for me to cheer for guys like Zubov and Regin.....sooo....

Jakob Silfverberg.  I'm excited about Silfverberg because of the fact that he's kind of unknown and was drafted well ahead of where he was projected...and he's Swedish - they are producing some incredible talent over there!

Eric Condra.  This guy sounds like he'll be a future captain (or at least Alternate) wherever he plays next.  Sounds like he'll be in Bingo next year but I hope this guy gets a few looks.

General Hockey Discussions / ESPN Ultimate Rankings
« on: July 03, 2009, 08:21:48 PM »
Thanks to The 6th Sens for bringing this article to my attention.

It attempts to measure "how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them." 

I don't take much stock in it but it is interesting to see how highly ranked the Carolina Hurricanes are (2nd) and how far down the list the Leafs are.... :laugh2: least the Sens are the highest ranked Canadian NHL team.  Well ahead of the pack!

General Hockey Discussions / Sather posts Pocklington's bail
« on: March 14, 2009, 07:37:15 PM »


Globe and Mail Update

March 13, 2009 at 9:33 PM EDT

New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather came to the rescue Friday of Peter Pocklington, agreeing to post $1-million (U.S.) in bail, clearing the way for the release from jail of the former owner of the Edmonton Oilers.

The offer by Mr. Sather, who served as Edmonton manager while Mr. Pocklington was the hockey team's owner, came during a U.S. District Court hearing in Riverside, Calif.

Mr. Pocklington was arrested and charged with bankruptcy fraud Wednesday, and faces up to 10 years in a federal prison.

Mr. Sather has pledged a property in Minnesota, which will be confirmed with an appraisal and other details for a surety bond by mid-April.

Sens Talk / Dilemma at Defense
« on: March 05, 2009, 11:35:39 PM »
I can't remember the last time Ottawa was so deep in defensemen but so relatively weak at the same position.  Thought I would start this thread to look at the future of the Senator's defense.

Cap Hits - 2009/2010 (~$15mil)

Filip Kuba - 31 yrs
3 more seasons at $3.7mil

Chris Phillips - 30 yrs
2 more seasons at $3.5mil

Jason Smith - 34 yrs
1 more season at $2.6mil

Anton Volchenkov - 26 yrs
1 more season at $2.5mil

Brian Lee - 21 yrs
1 more season at $1.25mil

Alexandre Picard - 22 yrs
1 more season at $800K

Chris Campoli - 23 yrs
1 more season at $633

Update (Edit)
Craig Schira - 20 yrs

Notable Prospects

Erik Karlsson  /  Patrick Wiercioch  /  Mattias Karlsson

Draft Eligible (top-15) Defensemen in the 2009 Entry Draft

Victor Hedman  /  Jared Cowan  /  Oliver Eckman-Larsson  /  Dimitri Kulikov  /  Ryan Ellis  /  Simon Despres  /  John Moore

So....7 defensemen under contract next season, 5 of which are free agents after next season.

....and some very promising young players likely to fight for a spot on the team.

Who stays?  Who goes?

Trade Deadline 2009 / Ryan Whitney to Anaheim
« on: February 26, 2009, 12:47:08 PM »
For Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi

Could this mean that Pronger and/or Niedermyer are destined to be traded?  McKenzie says No

What does this say about Kuba's value?

Sens Talk / Honouring Alfie at 900
« on: February 15, 2009, 06:34:28 PM »
So any game now, Daniel Alfredsson will record his 900th career point.  Currently sitting at 899 (348G, 551A) in 906 games, Alfie can be considered one of the top-100 greatest players ever as he sits at #91 on the all-time.  His next point will tie him with Tony Amonte and put him just a few points shy of both Bobby Orr and Scott Stevens.

It's very likely that Alfie will mark this achievement during a road game so here's hoping that the organization honours him when the team returns to SBP on Feb. 19th.

Sens Talk / Don't count on free agents...
« on: February 03, 2009, 07:37:34 PM »
Oh man...are the cards ever stacked against us. 

It's highly possible that the longer this drama goes on, the more likely it will be that Ottawa's GM (whoever the hell that might be) may have to overpay free agents this Summer.  Whoever is pulling the strings come July 1st, they're going to have to demonstrate (through action or salary offer) that Ottawa is the place to play.  And this is going to be mighty difficult.

Let assume that we may be one of the last teams agents are approaching this off-season.  Let's also (as hard as it might seem) try to forget the inaction that has brought us to where we are today.  The past is the past

What this means is that this team will likely need to be built on current (contracted) roster players and draft picks / prospects.

General Hockey Discussions / 2009 Entry Draft Discussion
« on: December 24, 2008, 10:56:57 AM »
I haven't thrown in the towel just yet on the season (but I'm gettin' close).  Even if we do make the playoffs, it will be by squeezing in to the last playoff spot, meaning we are still going to get [at least] a mid-round pick.

The point of this thread is to get to know the top-ranked players in the upcoming draft with the expectation that Ottawa will have at least two picks in the first round.  A handful of them are being showcased in the next couple of weeks in our own backyard.  Here's a quick snapshot of which undrafted players we can expect to see on the big stage during the WJCs. 

Note that much of WJC rosters are mde up of drafted players or 2010 draft-eligible players.

Edit: Sorry about the resolution....

General Hockey Discussions / Sakic 0 - Snowblower 1
« on: December 10, 2008, 07:42:53 PM »
Joe Sakic broke three fingers in a snowblower accident and will be out 3 months.  So much for the comeback....;_ylt=Ami7l5dOAo_RWbAZoXaGBzhB2bYF?slug=ap-avalanche-sakicout&prov=ap&type=lgns

General Hockey Discussions / Sabres for sale?
« on: December 08, 2008, 05:52:46 PM »
Not suprisingly, Balsillie has been mentioned as a possible buyer.

General Hockey Discussions / Awards Candidates
« on: November 26, 2008, 10:35:18 PM »
Never too soon to start the prognostication.

After his 4 point night against the Islanders (incl. a natural hat trick to complete the comeback), Malkin is on pace for a 136 point season. 

Can we hand this guy the Art Ross or what?

General Hockey Discussions / Bruins Chat
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:36:38 PM »
I was fortunate enough to attend the Bruins-Habs game last night in Boston and I am confident in saying that this team is worth watching when you get a chance.  Granted, Montreal was off last night and Price did not look good at all.  But what was evident from last night is that the Bruins are young, talented, well-coached and playing with a fire I haven't seen from this team in a loong time.  Thouroughly entertaining game!!  :popcorn:

More importantly, the relationship that exists between the players and the fans in inspiring.  Call it being a sports fan in Boston, but what a crowd!! Almost a sell-out..  Loudest game I've been to in any rink. 

The Lucic/Komisarek fight was nuts.  A very strong case for those who argue fighting is an important element of the game to American audiences.

There are no fewer than 5 players last night I would love to see in a Senators uniform...


General Hockey Discussions / Team Canada 2010
« on: November 08, 2008, 09:05:41 AM »
With Steve Yzerman at the helm and a crop of young and talented Canadian players ready to replace an aging core that inspired in Salt Lake City but disappointed in Turin, I thought it a good idea to begin this discussion.

Granted, there are 15 months until the Games begin in Vancouver, but it is never too soon to prognosticate.

After reading Damien Cox's story this morning in the Star about which goaltenders should be considered for the 2010, it makes sense to extend the conversation here.  Cox brings up Brodeur's recent injury (the first of his career) as the catalyst for discussion.  No one really knows how Marty will respond to the extended recovery time (both physiologically and mentally).

In his article, Cox suggests Carey Price may be the heir apparent (even over Luongo) but ultimately the options for Yzerman and his braintrust are many.

Others candidates included in Cox's story:


What are everyone's thoughts?

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