Defense will be next in line in a four-part series representing the Binghamton Senators for the 2016-’17 season, as the Offensive Review was featured this past Monday. While assistant coach Steve Stirling returns in charge of the men on the blueline, he’ll have his hands full this season as the club looks rather raw with five players 21 years-old or younger.
But it’s good to have back the lone representative from last year’s All-Star Competition in veteran defenseman Michael Kostka, as he’s set to participate in his second round for the Senators’ organization starting once again in Binghamton.
A much needed help will be returnee Fredrik Claesson, as he recently cleared waivers. Guy Lepine is also a big addition with his intense ability to take on whomever in a fight to otherwise protect the club’s prospects.
However, the rest that will don the red, black and gold jerseys for the first time is a bit of concern that will hopefully work it’s way out.
Let’s get to it. Feel free to leave a commit if so desired.
#3 Fredrik Claesson
Age: 23 (Nov 24, 1992)
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Hgt/Wgt: 6’0 198 lbs Pst: Left Defense
Acquired: Ottawa Senators – 5th round draft pick in 2011 (126th Overall)
Contract ‘16-’17 : $100,000/$700,000 - 1-year, 2-way
Last Season: Binghamton; 55 gms 3 goals 7 assists Ottawa; 16 gms 0 goals 2 assists
- Returns for his 5th season for the Senators Organization
- Finally got the call last season for Ottawa, as he has reached his limit playing in Binghamton
- Led the league on +/- ( +37) three seasons ago but faltered the next two (-6) & (-5)
Outlook: Had an offer deal in place waiting on the table from back home in Sweden playing once again for his old team Djurgårdens before accepting a new contract from Ottawa. Most likely it will be his last season though, as a make or break attempt to earn a spot on the big club as a permanent fixture, has sadly come up short.
#6 Andreas Englund*
Age: 20 (Jan 21, 1996)
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Hgt/Wgt: 6’3 198 lbs Pst: Left Defense
Acquired: Ottawa Senators – 2nd round draft pick in 2014 (40th Overall)
Contract ‘16-’17 : $70,000/$742,500 - 1st of a 3-year ELC signed in April of 2016
Last Season: Djurgårdens IF; 42 gms 2 goals 4 assists
- Makes his pro debut on North American soil after spending time in Sweden. (Ironically played for the same team as Claesson did)
- Stay at home type of D-Man with not a lot of flair offensively, but is willing to drop the gloves, as he did in a pre-season contest
- Member of the 2013-’14 champs Djurgårdens and played in the WJC-20 in 4th place
Outlook: Claesson should be a steady, yet positive influence serving as a fellow countryman, while Englund adjusts to his new surroundings, on as well as off the ice. Plays a similar role as a shut down type in the lanes.
#7 Chris Carlisle
Age: 21 (Dec 16 1994)
Birthplace: Fort Lee, NJ, USA
Hgt/Wgt: 5’10 174 lbs Pst: Right D
Contract ‘16-’17 : (Undisclosed) Binghamton AHL/ECHL
Last Season: Binghamton; 65 gms 4 goals 8 assists Evansville; 2 gms 0 goals 2 assists
- Versatile off the bench that can play forward if shorthanded
- Fluid skater with steady passes while effective in shutting down the lanes
- Led his Oshawa Generals to a Memorial Cup with an assist in overtime in the 2014-’15 season
Outlook: Good signing, as Coach Kurt Kleinendorst again has his “Danny New” type role player back from 2011. (For those that don’t recall, New played a pivotal role during the Calder Cup run, as the two players play a similar type of game). Solid skater but size still hurts, although in this case as for his potential, Carlisle is better skilled.
#11 Macoy Erkamps*
Age: 21 (Feb 2, 1995)
Birthplace: Delta, BC, CAN
Hgt/Wgt: 6’0 198 lbs Pst: Right Defense
Acquired: Signed as a free agent in April, Undrafted
Contract ‘16-’17 : $60,000/$605,000 - 1st of a 3-year ELC
Last Season: Brandon Wheat Kings; 72 gms 13 goals 58 assists
- Served as Captain for the Kings
- 71 points last season put him one point behind D partner Ivan Provorov for most in the WHL
- Not afraid to drop the gloves, with 30 fights over the last five seasons. But that will not be his role here
Outlook: Another rookie defensemen as this makes the third player making his pro debut on the blueline. Has quarterbacked the power play and is quick in transition in leading to a breakout. Got a tongue lashing behind the bench from AC Stirling, in a previous pre-season contest during one of his last shifts in the third period.
#15 Chris Rumble*
Age: 26 (Apr 16 1990)
Birthplace: Chesapeake, VA, USA
Hgt/Wgt: 6’1 195 lbs Pst: Left D
Contract ‘16-’17 : (Undisclosed) Binghamton AHL/ECHL
Last Season: Evansville; 64 gms 11 goals 28 assists
- Son of Darren Rumble, an original member of the Senators in 1992-’93
- Played for three seasons at Canisius College before turning pro in parts of 2014-’15
- Named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Conference First Team for the Canisius Golden Griffins in 2013-’14
Outlook: With his first full season in the pros behind him, this will be a step up for the 26 year-old. If he doesn’t make the club, he’ll be first call-up from Wichita most likely.
#21 Michael Kostka
Age: 30 (Nov 28, 1985)
Birthplace: Etobicoke, ONT, CAN
Hgt/Wgt: 6’1 210 lbs Pst: Right Defense
Acquired: Free agent signed in the off-season, Undrafted
Contract ‘16-’17 : $325,000/$800,000 - 1-year, 2-way
Last Season: Binghamton; 50 gms 5 goals 24 assists Ottawa; 15 gms 0 goals 1 assist
- Lone player representing the BSens in last season’s All-Star game
- Tied with the highest paid player (with Varone), but is the oldest (!)
- Ended the season hurt while up in Ottawa earning himself big bucks
Outlook: Kostka returning is big as he brings that veteran status in what will be his ninth year in the pros. Will be a leader on as well as off the ice to help out the rookies. Began slow out of the gate but soon evolved as one of the more consistent D-man on the team. That’ll change as he had made the adjustments to the smaller rink size.
#23 Patrick Sieloff
Age: 22 (May 15, 1994)
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Hgt/Wgt: 6’1 201 lbs Pst: Left Defense
Acquired: Ottawa trade with Calgary – 2nd round draft pick in 2012 (42nd Overall)
Contract ‘16-’17 : $70,000/$832,500 - Season 3 of ELC
Last Season: Stockton Heat; 52 gms 2 goals 9 assists Calgary; 1 gm 1 goal 0 assists
- Tough hitting defenseman that replaces Mark Fraser, but hopefully plays smarter
- Offense is not his game, but hitting is along with the occasional dropping of the mitts
- Mature beyond his years and looks to be teachable
Outlook: Had that hit on Clarke MacArthur during a pre-season game that knocked him out, while it brewed the ire of several teammates including Bobby Ryan, who took matters into his own hands in a brief scuffle that followed. He was then sent to the group destined for Binghamton and never saw another pre-season contest or practice for Ottawa. Tough call..
#24 Ben Harpur
Age: 21 (Jan 12, 1995)
Birthplace: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ONT, CAN
Hgt/Wgt: 6’6 212 lbs Pst: Left Defense
Acquired: Ottawa Senators – 4th round draft pick in 2013 (108th Overall)
Contract ‘16-’17 : $65,000/$655,000 - 2nd season in 3-year ELC
Last Season: Binghamton; 47 gms 2 goals 4 assists Ottawa; 5 gms 0 goals 1 assist Evansville; 4 gms 0 goals 2 assists
- Big boy, but is not a physical type of player
- Needs time in his develop, and patience from up top
- Decent shot, but slow in his decision making skills on the ice
Outlook: A player in transition in his first full season at the AHL level, as it will be a work in progress with the emphasis on positional play. A fresh, yet inspiration approach might pay off with the new coaching staff in place. Time will tell.
#28 Guillaume Lepine
Age: 29 (Mar 7, 1987)
Birthplace: Montreal, PQ, CAN
Hgt/Wgt: 6’4” 225 lbs Pst: Left Defense
Contract ‘16-’17 : $ or (Undisclosed)
Last Season: Binghamton; 69 gms 4 goals 9 assists
- Not afraid to drop the gloves as an experienced defenseman
- Has size and strength to back-up the blueline, looks confident on the ice
- A throwback style of defense in taking the body first, and answering questions later
Outlook: Lepine is the one guy you want on your roster, as he has emerged to be not only one of the team’s more reliable d-man, but a much needed enforcer. Instantly changes the dynamic of an otherwise young defense, with a flair of intimation is what he brings to the table.
* = Indicates rookie status
Next Up; A familiar face has returned behind the bench, as the Coaching Staff is front and center on Thursday.