UNIONDALE NY - JANUARY 13: Goalie Robin Lehner #40 of the Ottawa Senators plays a shot during the second period of his first NHL start in a hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 13 2011 in Uniondale New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
Bobby wrote about the Ottawa Senators development camp in yesterday's Nuggets, but since I'm going tonight for the five-on-five scrimmage, it's at the top of my mind. I was hoping to attend yesterday afternoon's on-ice training session, but wasn't able to; regardless, a five-on-five scrimmage should be a bit more exciting for a spectator like myself. If you're in the Ottawa area and you want to come, the scrimmage is at the Bell Sensplex at 7 p.m. this evening.
Some early scouting reports on the Sens' top prospects are in, and you can watch a video of Day Two of the camp after the jump--it doesn't have much to base opinions on, but Mika Zibanejad looks pretty good (and really young... like a 16-year-old). Steve from Sens Town, who was at the Wednesday practice, mentioned that Zibanejad looked very strong, and had a few other observations in an in-depth review of the second day of the camp:
- Robin Lehner looks to have matured, and was the best goalie there
- Cody Ceci looked good; hes' a smooth skater with a heavy shot
- Mark Stone's skating still doesn't seem fast enough to allow him to be an NHL scorer
- Matt Puempel is a sniper
- Shane Prince is a good skater who looked ready for the season to begin
Our own DarrenM was impressed with Shane Prince's unique combination of biceps and cockiness, and suggests that it's a recipe for pro success. If I'm not mistaken, Prince is eligible to play for the Binghamton Senators this season since he's already played four years in the OHL; if that's the case, maybe he'll be able to provide some reliable scoring now that Corey Locke has moved on to Finland.
At tonight's scrimmage, I'll be keeping my eyes on Prince, Zibanejad, Ceci, Stone, Lehner, and Puempel, but I'm also going to pay particular attention to Mark Borowiecki (a front-runner for a roster spot on the Sens, and last year's hardest worker in the DevCamp), Chris Wideman and Michael Sdao (both turning pro after college careers), and Corey Cowick and Mike Hoffman (two guys who made impressions on me at last year's DevCamp).
If you're heading to the event, which prospect are you most looking forward to seeing?
Links and a video after the jump...
- Matt Puempel demanded a trade from the Peterborough Petes to the Kitchener Rangers, and got his wish yesterday. (Buzzing the Net)
- Nichols had a broad news rundown yesterday: Matt Carkner turned down a one-year contract offer, according to Bruce Garrioch; Justin Schultz is meeting with reps from his shortlist this week, and that group may include Ottawa; and the Sens' rookie tournament was cancelled. (The 6th Sens)
- The Sens are apparently interested in free agent winger Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau. (Senators Extra)
- On the Detroit Red Wings as a potential suitor for Filip Kuba. (MLive)
- If this 'Around the league in 30 clicks' thing is a new regular feature on the Citizen's Sens hub, it's a good one; sort of like Ryan Lambert's "What We Learned," but instead of unapologetic fanbase-trolling there's actual relevance. (Senators Extra)
- Don Brennan talks to the Murrays about Ottawa's pursuit of Schultz, and also about the rising popularity of undrafted college free agents. (Sun)
- Zibanejad's 2011-12 season was a bit of a trying one. (Senators Extra)
- Ceci hasn't aged a day since meeting Damian Rhodes and Daniel Alfredsson as a six-year-old Sens fan. (Senators Extra)
- LOL wut? The Calgary Flames gave up real assets to acquire Dennis Wideman (a fifth-round pick and a prospect) and then signed him to a five-year, $26.25M contract. (Matchsticks & Gasoline)
- Does that mean that Jay Bouwmeester is available? Dunno.
- It does mean that Matt Carle is absolutely stoked to hit free agency this weekend. How much is he going to get paid, with that Wideman contract fresh in his mind? (Broad Street Hockey)
- A look at some free agent forwards not named Zach Parise. (PensBurgh)
- And some free agent defencemen not named Ryan Suter. (PensBurgh)
- A look at UFA Alex Ponikarovsky, a guy who might fit into Ottawa's top six. (Fear the Fin)
- CBA negotiations should begin tomorrow. (CityNews)