Silver Nuggets: Which is More Likely Series: Greening vs Daugavins

OTTAWA, CANADA - DECEMBER 7: Colin Greening #14 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates a third period goal against the Washington Capitals with team mates Jesse Winchester #18, Kaspars Daugavins #23 and Nick Foligno #71 during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on December 7, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Welcome to day 10! We already past the number I'd planned for, but I'm really enjoying doing these, so we'll hopefully get a few more done! The Which is More Likely Senators Player Prediction Series has covered many of the Senators roster players for the upcoming season. Yesterday comeback kid Peter Regin was pitted against Ben Bishop, and many of you decided it was more likely Bishop hit a .915 SV% than it was that Regin would hit 40 points. The vote wasn't even close, yet most of the comments were in favour of Regin. If you are here to vote, please, let us know your thoughts! Like DW19, who put it best yesterday:

Voted Bishop

I like Regin as a player, but even if he stays healthy all season I don’t think he is more than a 50-50 bet to hit 40 points. He is not guaranteed to spend time on the top two lines or the power play. He couple easily play mostly on the third line and penalty kill and end up in the 25-35 point range. Regin’s career average is .35 points per game (52 in 151) which projects to around 30 points if he plays a full season.

Bishop on the other hand looked fine in the games he played last year and has a solid minor league record. Posting a .915 save percentage should be doable given the Senators improved defence corps and the fact that he will be mainly facing the leagues lesser lights. He posted .914 and .928 marks in his 2 most recent minor league seasons and .909 in his 10 games with Ottawa last year. .915 would not be that big a stretch.

Either could happen, but for me Bishop seems much more likely to hit his .915 mark than Regin is to score 40 points.

Well said!

Today we look at two players who played effective roles last season for the Ottawa Senators: Colin Greening and Kaspars Daugavins. Daugavins came with much less fanfare his first season (he did not make the team out of training camp and almost returned to Latvia as a result) and Greening emerged as a solid presence in the top 6 as a rookie. Today's question is this:

Which is more likely? That Colin Greening posts a career-high in points OR that Kaspars Daugavins plays a career high in games?

Greening: As is typical for a rookie, Colin's goals and points came in bunches last season, and he battled inconsistency issues. Yet he still managed to put up 17 goals and 37 points. With more consistency, he could easily eclipse that IF he plays the majority of the year with Jason Spezza.

Daugavins: Resigned this week, will Kaspars be able to stick in the lineup with all of the players on one-way deals? Or will he need to bark from the press box?

EDITORS NOTE: As this was published, Bobby Butler went on waivers, so this post was changed to be about Kaspars Daugavins

Let me know!

Links! (For those of you who still check them!)

Sens News

  • Senators have signed Adam Oates Stephane Da Costa to a one-year extension. Here is hoping he continues his development in Bingo. Here are Mark's thoughts on the signing. [SSS]
  • Here is the official team news bulletin with your standard Tim Murray quotes. [Sens]
  • Mike Hoffman thinks he is on the cusp of making the big club, and I'm not sure he is wrong. If one of the big rookies should falter and need AHL seasoning, Hoffman could step into the top six and create some offence. [Sens]
  • With Da Costa signed, the only question now is Daniel Alfredsson. [SensExtra]
  • Update: Bobby Butler has been placed on waivers. Apparently the intent is to buy him out. Sad ending to what looked like a promising career with Ottawa. [SensExtra]
League News
  • NHL clarified some of its requests in its proposal to the NHLPA and they seem to have some common ground, except for the elephant in the room known as revenue sharing. [PD]
  • Steve Staios joins the Maple Leafs front office after formally retiring. Soon they will need a second plane/bus just for their off-ice staff. [CBC]
  • Shea Weber is SUPER excited about returning to the Predators. What's that? He said last week he didn't want to play in Nashville because he didn't want to rebuild again? Can we burn those quotes somehow? [Globe]
  • Rick Nash is getting used to being a New York Ranger. Which I imagine feels much better than being a Blue Jacket. [NHL]
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