Senators Prospect Roundup: B-Sens, Bryce Aneloski & Stefan Noesen
Yesterday afternoon, the good Twitter follow (weird way to describe a person) Mike McKenna pointed out the bizarre coincidence that all three of Binghamton's goalies- he grouped in Ben Bishop- have allowed 92 goals so far this season. He did not point out the slightly awkward point that Bishop, best goalie when he's in the American League, has played about 500 more minutes than either he or Robin Lehner. Lehner's numbers were inflated on Saturday, when a string of good performances was snuffed out by a 6-1 drubbing.
Despite the walloping his young tender was treated to on the weekend, Paul MacLean affirmed yesterday that there certainly existed a possibility Lehner could rejoin the team at some point. It begs the question of how much stock the organization is putting into performances in Binghamton at this point in the season. Is Lehner going to be called up more on the basis of his own merit, or wavering play for Bishop? Or a combination of both? If the Senators choose to call Lehner back up to the NHL despite mediocre net-guarding in the AHL, is it indicative of not wanting their young top player in a losing environment? Have I asked enough questions before the jump?
The two-way defensive prospect has had two strong seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Drafted by the Senators in the seventh round of the 2010 draft after an offensively strong season in the USHL, Aneloski's output continued this, at around the same pace as 2010-2011. Aneloski was picked up by the Senators just as he may have been wondering if he would be passed up in the third draft for which he was eligible. AFter their first round playoff exit, Aneloski's Univeristy of Nebraska-Omaha have no more hockey to play this year, which leaves the defenseman with a decision- does the unlikely seventh-rounder turn pro? At 6'3, Aneloski logs in at just over 200 pounds. With mobility and offensive production, maybe Aneloski would be helpful to a reshaped Binghamton defensive corps next season?
An eighty point season deserves some accolades. Noesen has another year with the captaincy playing for the competitive Plymouth Whalers. The Whalers this season are deadlocked in a tight race with London for top seed in the OHL's Western Conference. In an important role, Noesen will have the chance to get in the Memorial Cup fight. His season began at about a point-a-game for a stretch, but he has really picked up steam in conjunction with his teammates.
Other Prospect Notes:
- It's noted in the Senators' weekly prospect stats rundown, but Jakob Silfverberg's Brynas is headed to the semi-finals against Linkopings. If you're on twitter, give @steffeG a follow for all things Senators in Sweden.
- The Peterborough Examiner has been helpful in reporting on the status of one prospect- the Petes' Matt Puempel. Last week marked two months since he took a shot to the head from Gudbranson, who was given a ten-game boot for the play. A few days ago, they noted that Puempel has "passed an online concussion test". I'm not familiar enough with the process of concussion recovery to know what passing that test indicates.