A look at the Binghamton Senators: The forwards

With training camp approaching quickly, let's take a look at some of the players that will be playing in Binghamton next season. This isn't the official Binghamton Senators roster, so forgive me if some of the players are not playing in Binghamton this season, but here's a pretty basic look at who's in place right now.


 

Jason Bailey

#20 Right Wing

6-1

210

06/04/1987


    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 U.S. National Under-18 Team NAHL 13 2
4
6
50
2005-06 Michigan NCAA 27 5
2
7
57
2006–07 Michigan NCAA 19 0
0
0
28
2006–07 Ottawa 67's OHL 35 7
9
16
88
4
0
0
0
6
2007–08 Ottawa 67's OHL 34 8 9 17 78 4 0 2 2 11
2008–09 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 35 0 2 2 44 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Iowa Chops AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 62 6 1 7 78
NCAA totals 46 5 2
7
85




OHL totals 69 15 18 33 166 8
0 2
2
17
AHL totals 64
6
1 7
78





Let's start with the positive: Jason Bailey has some speed, a great work ethic, and nice puck handling. He's a nice player to have on your checking line and a great influence on the younger players. He's undersized and there seems little offensive upside for Bailey, but his contributions can take forms other than offensive production.


Cody Bass

#16 Centre

6-0

209

01/07/1987


 

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 61 3 7 10 30 24 2 3 5 21
2004–05 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 66 11 17 28 103 5 1 1 2 8
2005–06 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 67 16 25 41 152
2005–06 Binghamton Senators AHL 9 1 0 1 2
2006–07 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 23 5 11 16 37
2006–07 Saginaw Spirit OHL 30 5 24 29 49 6 1 2 3 10
2006–07 Binghamton Senators AHL 5 0 2 2 9
2007–08 Binghamton Senators AHL 24 3 5 8 44
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 21 2 2 4 19 4 1 0 1 6
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 18 1 1 2 41
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 12 0 0 0 15
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 57 5 6 11 109
OHL totals 247 40 84
124
371 35
4
6
10
39
AHL totals 113 10 14 24 205



NHL totals 33 2
2 4
34
4
1
0
1
6

In an interview with Michael Sharp (who has, unfortunately, left the B-Sens beat with the Press & Sun Bulletin, but we thank for all his hard work), Tim Murray said about Bass "He's what I consider a veteran. He's a character guy. I think he can help the kids. I think he can lead by example, and I think he can play games in a role up here if we need him."  Bass is a great skater, and a perfect fit for any powerplay. He knows how to win faceoffs, and he can hit very hard for a centre. Think of him as Mike Fisher, minus the offense, a character guy that plays nice hockey, and a forward that plays with a defensemen mindset.


Bobby Butler

#16 Left Wing

6-0

185

Apr 26, 1987



Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 University of New Hampshire HE 38 9 3 12 12
2007–08 University of New Hampshire HE 38 14 12 26 20
2008–09 University of New Hampshire HE 38 9 21 30 36
2009–10 University of New Hampshire HE 39 29 24 53 20
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 2 0 0 0 0
Hockey East totals 80 61 60 121 88

When people look at Bobby Butler, one of the players compared to him is Daniel Alfredsson. Two-way forward, great hands, actuate sniper, nice playmaking skills, and just as good on defense as he is on offense. Add all that, and toss in great powerplay skills, and you got a great player in the making. We'll have to keep our expectations in check until we see him play some professional hockey, but the scouting reports sure make things look good.


Erik Condra

#11 Right Wing

6-0

195

08/06/1986


 

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Texarkana Bandits NAHL 56 20 24 44 71
2004–05 Lincoln Stars USHL 60 30 30 60 56 4 0 2 2 4
2005–06 Notre Dame CCHA 36 6 28 34 32
2006–07 Notre Dame CCHA 42 14 34 48 18
2007–08 Notre Dame CCHA 41 15 23 38 26
2008–09 Notre Dame CCHA 40 13 25 38 34
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 80 11 27 38 61
CCHA totals 159 48 110 158 110

Erik Condra is arguably the most underrated forward in the Ottawa Senators system. He's a great skater and an extremely good passer. But as good as his playmaking skills are, his defense needs work. He's easily intimidated and a bit of a shrinking violet when it comes to hitting. Once Erik learns how to hold his own physically, he should become one of the most talked about players in the system.


Corey Cowick

Left Wing

6-2

201

08/01/1989


 

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Oshawa Generals OHL 67 4 4 8 54 9 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Oshawa Generals OHL 63 11 14 25 79 15 1 1 2 22
2008–09 Ottawa 67's OHL 68 34 26 60 48 7 7 2 9 14
2009–10 Ottawa 67's OHL 27 15 6 21 33 12 9 3 12 27
OHL totals 225 64 50 114 214 43 17 6 23 65

The former 67 is one tough 21 year old. A shoulder injury held Cowick back in his last season with the 67s, but he was able to return and put up a great numbers in last year's playoff run. He's got talent, and a huge amount of physicality to his game. He should be fun for Bingo fans to watch this season, and Ottawa's front office will be watching his development closely.


Kaspars Daugavins

#26 Left Wing

6-0

205

05/18/1988


 

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 HK Riga 2000 BLR 45 4 11 15 16
2006–07 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 61 18 42 60 64
2006–07 Binghamton Senators AHL 11 2 0 2 7
2007–08 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 62 40 34 74 42 4 2 1 3 4
2007–08 Binghamton Senators AHL 3 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 23 2 1 3 9
2008–09 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors OHL 30 11 17 28 35 11 2 7 9 14
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 72 21 25 46 16
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
OHL Totals 153 69 93 162 141 15 4 8 12 18
AHL Totals 109 25 27 52 32

Dausgavins is fun player to watch, but he suffers from the same disorder that Jason Spezza does. He isn't just a pass first player, he's a pass first, second, and third player. Still, last season he scored almost as many goals as he did assists, so it hasn't apparently held him back too much, but if he becomes a little more selfish, he could turn into a solid AHL sniper. It's worth noting that Daugavins is on the last year of his entry-level deal, and hasn't looked like an NHL-caliber player in his first couple years.


David Dziurzynski

Left Wing

6-3

205

10/08/1989


    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Lloydminster Bobcats AJHL 52 8
12
20
82
2008-09 Lloydminster Bobcats AJHL 54 12
25
37
185
NCAA totals 106 20 37
57
267




Bryan Murray signed Dziurzynski to a three-year entry level deal, and this might turn out to be a steal. A mix of a toughness and playmaking, Dziurzynski had 185 penalty minutes in just 54 games played while putting up 37 points on the way. Still, he was playing in the AJHL, a junior-A league with competition nowhere near the level of the AHL, let alone the NHL. Dziurzynski has a steep learning curve ahead of him.


Colin Greening

Centre

6-2

191

03/09/1986


 

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 56 27 35 62 46
2006–07 Cornell University NCAA 31 11 8 19 26
2007–08 Cornell University NCAA 36 14 19 33 41
2008–09 Cornell University NCAA 36 15 16 31 28
2009–10 Cornell University NCAA 34 15 20 35 31
NCAA totals 137 55 63 118 126

Greening is gifted a skater, and might have the best slapshot in Binghamton. He can score all by himself, but needs to learn how to use his linemates effectively, and could stand to get better at puck handling--some of the most important assets of a centerman. This season will be his first as a pro, so we will see what Greening is made of.


Mike Hoffman

Centre

5-11

175

11/24/1989


 

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 2 0
0
0
2
4
0
0
0
0
2007–08 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 19 5
7
12
16
2007–08 Drummondville Voltigeurs
QMJHL 43
19 17 36 77
2008–09 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 62 52 42
94
86 19 21
13
34
26
2009–10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 56
15 39
85 31 21
11
13
24
23
QMJHL totals 158 122
105 227 126 44
32
26
58
49

Hoffman is among he most highly-touted offensive prospects in the Senators' system, and you can see why with the 227P in 158GP during his QMJHL career. With routinely inflated offensive numbers in the QMJHL, though, it remains to be seen how Hoffman's skills will transfer into the professional game.


Ryan Keller

#28 Right Wing

5-10

190

01/06/1984


 

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Saskatoon Blades WHL 52 18 23 41 58 7 1 2 3 14
2002–03 Saskatoon Blades WHL 66 38 41 79 101 6 7 1 8 8
2003–04 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 24 20 44 59
2004–05 Saskatoon Blades WHL 67 40 33 73 63 4 1 1 2 9
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 10 1 0 1 14 13 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Muskegon Fury UHL 65 41 40 81 79 3 2 2 4 0
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 38 9 8 17 26
2006–07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 22 5 9 14 14
2007–08 Blues SM-l 47 22 22 44 24 17 3 6 9 22
2008–09 Blues SM-l 54 21 34 55 38 14 9 7 16 4
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 72 34 34 68 48
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 6 0 0 0 0
WHL totals 257 140 117 237 281 17 9 4 13 31
AHL totals 142 49 51 100 102 13 0 0 0 0
SM-l totals 101 43 56 99 62 31 12 13 25 26

He's only 26 years old, but Keller will be one of the older players on the Binghamton roster next season. He'll add some leadership responsibilities to the offensive load Keller will be expected to carry, but there's reason to think he'll be fine with that. He'll be among the first players the Senators might call up as an injury replacement, and should be among the B-Sens' leading scorers this season.


Francis Lessard

Right Wing

6-3

224

05/30/1979


 

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996-97 Val d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 66 1 9 10 312
1997-98 Val d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 63 3 20 32 338 19 1 6 7 101
1998-99 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 53 12 36 48 295
1999-00 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 78 4 8 12 416 5 0 1 1 7
2000-01 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 64 3 7 10 330 10 0 0 0 33
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 5 0 0 0 26
2001-02 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 60 0 6 6 251
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 7 2 1 3 34 15 0 1 1 40
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 2 5 7 194 1 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 0 2 2 61
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 62 1 1 2 181
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Chicago Wolves AHL 36 2
3
5
161
2006-07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 58 3 6 9 309
2007-08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 14 4 1 5 49
2008-09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59 2 2 4 324
2009-10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 61 2 2 4 289
QMJHL totals 182
16 65 81 945 19 1 6 7 101
AHL totals 487 24 41 65 2357 31 0 2 2 80
NHL totals 91 1 3 4 268

Francis Lessard has spent 3570 minutes in the penalty box! That's almost the equivalent of two and a half days! Lessard will likely spend most of the season in Binghamton, but may be called up for spot duty in Ottawa against tougher opponents, like the hated Maple Leafs. In either circumstance, he should do just fine.


Corey Locke

Center 

5-9

189

May 08, 1984


 

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Ottawa 67's OHL 55 18 25 43 18 13 6 7 13 10
2002–03 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 63 88 151 83 23 19 19 38 30
2003–04 Ottawa 67's OHL 65 51 67 118 82 7 7 3 10 10
2004–05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 78 16 27 43 20 4 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 19 40 59 67
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 20 35 55 54 22 10 12 22 10
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 78 30 42 72 50
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 77 25 54 79 60 20 12 11 23 32
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 76 31 54 85 44
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
OHL totals 186 132 180 312 183 43 32 29 61 50
AHL totals 466 141 252 393 295 46 22 23 45 44
NHL Totals 4 0 0 0 0

A former Canadiens prospect, Locke has moved around a bit in the league since being drafted. He's put up very good AHL numbers, scoring better than a point per game in each of the last two seasons. He hasn't had much of a shot in the NHL yet, but should be a huge provider for the B-Sens. Similar to Keller, he'll be one of the first among those recalled as injury replacements.


Jim O'Brien

#42 Centre

6-2

200

01/29/1989


    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 USNTDP NAHL 40 10 12 22 41
2005–06 USNTDP NAHL 13 6 10 16 14
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 7 8 15 51
2007–08 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 70 21 34 55 66 12 2 6 8 14
2008–09 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 63 27 35 62 55 5 1 0 1 10
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 6 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 76 8 9 17 49
NAHL totals 53 16 22 38 55
WHL totals 133 48 69 117 111 17 3 6 9 14
AHL totals 82 8 10 18 49

Ottawa Senators top forward prospect that has no NHL ice time, O'Brien is the first pick of the Bryan Murray era. O'Brien, a former defensemen, has shown he plays defense; it's just that the offense hasn't yet shown. As fantastic as it is, to watch a centre block shots and deliver hard hits, it'll be nice to see him take more shots and take charge of the offense. Until then, he's just a defensemen playing centre.


Zack Smith

#19 / Center / Ottawa Senators

6-2

210

Apr 05, 1988



    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Swift Current Broncos WHL 14 1 1 2 0
2005–06 Swift Current Broncos WHL 64 2 5 7 78 3 0 0 0 9
2006–07 Swift Current Broncos WHL 71 16 15 31 130 6 0 2 2 11
2007–08 Swift Current Broncos WHL 72 22 48 70 136 12 5 5 10 29
2007–08 Manitoba Moose AHL 6 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 79 24 24 48 132
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 68 14 27 41 100
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 15 2 1 3 14 6 0 0 0 5
WHL totals 221 41 69 110 314 21 5 7 12 49
AHL totals 147 38 51 89 232 6 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 16 2 1 3 14 6 0 0 0 5

The most likely player on this list to stick with the Ottawa Senators, Z. Smith won our hearts with his fantastic work ethic (and his jersey). He's not the best offensive player on the roster, but Z. Smith gives plenty of spark to the fourth line, and might very well slot in there. If not, he should play second- or third-line on Bingo. If you love players that crash the net, then Zack Smith is your guy.


Tim Spencer

#21 / Left Wing

6-4

238

02/02/1986



    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003-04 Estevan Bruins SJHL 56 3 7 10 55
2004–05 Estevan Bruins SJHL 51 6 13 19 112
2005–06 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 64 5 9 14 140 21 1 5 6 21
2006–07 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 5 0 0 0 9
2006–07 St. John's Fog Devils QMJHL 62 8 15 23 141 4 1 0 1 13
2007–08 Alaska Aces ECHL 63 3 12 15 130
2008–09 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 51 4 4 8 196
2008–09 Manitoba Moose AHL 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 35 1 0 1 141
2009–10 Elmira Jackals ECHL 22 0 2 2 98
SJHL totals 107 9 20 29 167 21 5 7 12 49
QMJHL totals 131 13 24 37 290 4 1 0 1 13
ECHL totals 136 7 18 25 424
AHL totals 39 1 0 1 143

Another tough guy on the Binghamton roster. Like the others, he's looks to spend a lot of time in the sin bin and doesn't come with very little offense. It's also a distinct possibility that Spencer will spend more time in the ECHL than the AHL this season.


Yannick Tifu

#36 Left Wing

6-11

185

10/12/1984


    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
QMJHL 69 8 17 25 48 4 1 0 1 4
2002–03 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
QMJHL 70 21 30 51 74 4 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
QMJHL 70 42 48 90 39 11 4 6 10 8
2004–05 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
QMJHL 70 28 54 82 55 10 5 1 6 12
2005–06 Rockford IceHogs
UHL 76 23 49 72 102 9 1 7 8 12
2006–07 Phoenix Roadrunners ECHL 13 2 10 12 20
2006–07 Dayton Bombers ECHL 65 26 51 77 84 22 7 10 17 20
2007-08 Dayton Bombers ECHL 39 15 42 57 39
2007-08 Albany River Rats AHL 9 2 3 5 0
2007-08 Rochester Americans AHL 15 1 2 3 15
2008-09 Albany River Rats AHL 37 3 15 18 33
2008-09 Florida Everblades ECHL 24 6 27 33 49 9 1 4 5 4
2009-10 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 6 0 0 0 6
2009-10 Elmira Jackals ECHL 48 15 41 56 69 5 2 3 5 6
2009-10 Albany River Rats AHL 3 1 0 1 4
2009-10 Binghamton Senators
AHL
7 2 1 3 2
QMJHL totals 279 99 149 248 216 29 10 8 18 24
ECHL totals 182 62
161 223 247 36 10 17 27 30
AHL totals 71
9 21 30 54

Tifu has had a lot of success as a sniper in the ECHL, and Binghamton is hoping that a full season in the AHL will finally have everything come together. He looks to be another tough guy, but unlike the others, one with some offense. He'll have to do a lot in tryouts to show he can stick full-time in the AHL, but his numbers in the ECHL are great so it's not entirely unlikely.


 

Roman Wick

Right Wing

6-1

188

12/30/1985


 

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Kloten Flyers Elite Jr. A 26 4 1 5 6 6 0 2 2 4
2001–02 Kloten Flyers Elite Jr. A 32 19 27 46 32 7 1 2 3 4
2002–03 Kloten Flyers Elite Jr. A 28 29 22 51 68 2 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Kloten Flyers NLA 9 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Kloten Flyers NLA 20 1 1 2 2
2003–04 Kloten Flyers Elite Jr. A 17 15 12 27 76
2003–04 GC Küsnacht Lions NLB 6 4 0 4 6
2004–05 Red Deer Rebels WHL 66 32 38 70 25 7 1 2 3 6
2005–06 Red Deer Rebels WHL 23 7 10 17 8
2005–06 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 38 14 17 31 20 6 4 3 7 6
2006–07 Kloten Flyers NLA 44 12 11 23 20 11 1 1 2 2
2007–08 Kloten Flyers NLA 50 12 15 27 46 4 1 2 3 2
2008–09 Kloten Flyers NLA 45 24 17 41 38
Elite Jr. A totals 103 67 62 129 182 15 1 5 6 8
NLA totals 168 50 44 94 110 16 2 3 5 4
WHL totals 127 53 65 118 53 13 5 5 10 12

Roman Wick came on Senators fan radar after his performance in the Olympics, and and is expect by some to fight for a spot on the Ottawa Senators roster. Wick isn't a physical player and playing style isn't ready for the NHL yet. He has talent, but he likely needs some time in the AHL.

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