Bingo Bites: Crowded Blue Line, Eric O'Dell & Max McCormick Shines In Camp
This week for the Bites we sort out the blue line and take a look at two key figures for the Binghamton Senators.
During the off-season we will take a look at what the highlights are with the club, focusing on players and their future impacts. Then as the regular season unfolds, this will continue with player updates (including prospects) from my game re-caps, both home and away. I'm excited to launch Bingo Bites on a weekly basis and hope you are as well.
This week I want to dig a little deeper on the Eric O'Dell signing for the B-Sens, the sudden turn-around within the organization with the emphasis on defense, and the progression of Max McCormick and how far he's actually come in such a short span. Let's begin as we take a peek at what's been happening with all these Ottawa/Binghamton signings at defense.
- Defensive Logjam in Bingo?
These are the players that will dress in Binghamton followed by some options the Senators face at training camp;
- If Chris Wideman doesn't make Ottawa out of training camp, we roll the dice and see if he clears waivers, which hopefully he will.
- Guillaume Lepine and Chris Carlisile are Binghamton signings and have two-way contracts with Evansville and if Binghamton is caught in a numbers game, they may find themselves the odd men out playing for the IceMen.
- Kostka was signed to a one year, two-way contract as well during the off season and will share some ice time with the veteran Mullen.
That leaves out free agent Kevin Tansey (unsigned) and after his development camp for Ottawa he's at a standstill. If Tansey is invited to rookie camp followed by training camp and impresses, he'll likely start the season as the odd man out in Evansville.
- Eric O'Dell
The 25 year old free agent is signed to a one year, two way deal as he's expected to take place of the recently departed Derek Grant at center who has since moved on with the Calgary Flames. The Ottawa native was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (39th overall) in 2008 and had 14 goals and 15 assists in 37 games for St. John's and also played in 11 games for the Winnipeg Jets recording an assist.
@Ski931 consistent two-way guy, shoot 1st, & can also dish with ease. Skating can improve, but it doesn't hinder him from going to the net.— Luke Wells (@LukeWells57) July 12, 2015
O'Dell has played in 42 NHL games for the Jets over the course of the last two years and the last four seasons all for the St. John's IceCaps with pro highs of 29 goals and 26 assists in 59 games back in the 2012-'13 season, which were also tops on the IceCaps with both goals and points.
- Max McCormick
I'm a big McCormick fan and like others here in the region it didn't come as a surprise when he earned the hardest worker award recently in Ottawa's Development Camp as Max always hustles, digs deep and provides that energy along with a knack of producing points.
Congrats to Max McCormick on winning the Hardest Worker award at the 2015 #Sens Development Camp! pic.twitter.com/S1zrzifH0T— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) July 6, 2015