Ups and Downs: Week 26
It's your Ottawa Senators ups and downs entering the final week of the season!
Somehow the Senators managed to win two out of three games this week, despite also being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Shutting down a playoff-bound Wild team was especially impressive.
Biggest gains: Fredrik Claesson
It was slim pickings for biggest gains this week, but I picked steady/ready Freddie because he's been so steady. It's not hard to look good paired with Karlsson, but Claesson makes it look easy. Does it mean he gets a real NHL shot next year? It's hard to tell, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Wideman and Claesson in a fight for the final defensive spot. After all the time he's put in, I think he deserves it.
Biggest losses: Ben Harpur
Not sure why he got called up, but he's proved all the doubters wrong by not looking NHL-ready at all. His decision-making is slow, his skating isn't great, his positioning is off, and his puck skills are lacking. There may be some early NHL nerve issues, but I think he's just showing more of what he showed in Binghamton -- he has a lot to learn. When you look like Jared Cowen with less offensive skill, things don't look so good. The bright side is, management has to see how out of place he looks and keep him away from the NHL for another long while.
|Craig Anderson||Was perfectly fine against Minnesota |
|Andrew Hammond||Stellar against the Jets, and it's hard to fault him for allowing three powerplay goals against the Flyers |
|Mark Borowiecki||Keep rehabbing that knee |
|Cody Ceci||Three points in three games, and to my eyes at least his defensive game is looking better |
|Fredrik Claesson ||See Biggest Gains |
|Ben Harpur||See Biggest Losses |
|Erik Karlsson||Not bad if Scotty Bowman thinks you should win the Norris |
| Michael Kostka ||He's been nice and unnoticeable, which is just what you want from the journeyman |
|Marc Methot||Kind of disappointing how bad he looks paired with Ceci. Why is nobody talking about Methot's down year? |
|Dion Phaneuf ||Done for the season |
|Chris Phillips||Hi Chris! |
|Chris Wideman ||Struggled pretty badly this week, though it's not his fault he had to carry Harpur |
|Patrick Wiercioch||Out with injury. Seems to be suffering from a case of "won't be qualified" |
|Alex Chiasson||Worried his decent production down the stretch will lead to a dumb contract extension in the off-season |
| Ryan Dzingel ||Remember when Dzingel was the new hotness? |
| Dave Dziurzynski ||Remember when he was playing for this team? |
| Scott Gomez ||Definitely didn't expect him to get healthy-scratched once this week |
|Mike Hoffman||Playing like he needs to score to guarantee his NHL future. He'll have one for sure, just not sure if it's with this team |
|Curtis Lazar||A perfectly adequate fourth-liner. Glad he was rushed to the NHL so he could hit that ceiling in a hurry |
|Clarke MacArthur||Done for the season |
|Chris Neil||The worst of Neil came out on Saturday, the rest of his week was fine. |
|Jean-Gabriel Pageau||"Only" scored three points this week |
| Nick Paul ||Can anyone explain why he's looked like a better NHL player than AHL player? |
| Matt Puempel ||Actually has been noticeable in the offennsive zone. I'm reaching a lot to give him an up arrow, but with Prince gone, I want him to succeed |
|Bobby Ryan||Three points gets him an up after an eight-points-in-24-games stretch in which he was so cold, Foreigner was threatening to sue|
|Zack Smith||If a week occurs in which Smith scores only one goal, did the week really happen? |
|Mark Stone||Hopefully he heals up in a hurry. He's gonna look great on the top line at the World Championships |
|Kyle Turris||Here's hoping for some good offseason training |
|Mika Zibanejad||Anyone else think Z-bad needs to work on his shooting accuracy over the summer? |
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