Sens going round the robin with Leafs, Pens, and Hawks rookies
By Terrance Gavan – THW Sens Correspondent
The Ottawa Senators have 23 payers set to dress for their rookie camp, slated for Sept. 10-13.
This year’s camp features a round-robin tourney in Oshawa, and because there are five first round Ottawa picks in the mix you can bet that GM Bryan Murray and new coach Paul MacLean will be in the General Motors Plex – site of the round robin four-team tourney – chattering into their Blackberries and ripping reams of notes.
Senators 2011 selections Mika Zibanejad (sixth overall), Stefan Noesen (21st) and Matt Puempel (24th) will participate in their first rookie swing and the camp roster will also include 2009 first-round selections Jared Cowen (ninth) and David Rundblad (17th).
It’s moving year for the Ottawa Senators. Rebuilding a team that will bear little likeness to the squad that endured another abysmal season in 2010-11. This team will have a new coach – Paul MacLean – and if we can believe the pre-season chatter emanating from the front office? A new direction fronting youth and hustle. And defense or so we’ve been told ad infinitum ad nauseum.
Hockey News already put the kiss of death on the product predicting this current crop of Senators will finish last in the Eastern Conference. Edmonton received that dubious honor in the Western Conference. So why not use the season to play some money-ball and see what kind of juice can be drawn from this organization’s youth?
Oh right. Season ticket holders. Can they be expected to sit through another season of mediocrity? Well, few moves and slim pickins in the free agent market this year, so we are assuming that management has decided to roll the dice with an investment in young guns.
And Sweden of course. An interesting post from James Mirtle and the Globe and Mail today runs down the list of young Swedish talent curentlly extant in the Sens organization.
Of course the rookie camp may provide some insights into Ottawa’s future. It’s hockey. And like that first robin in spring rookie camp is the bellwether of another season. Too soon? I’ve already booked my NHL package. And I’ll be in Oshawa for part of the preseason rookie tournament.
Other teams participating in that freshman camp merry go round are the Leafs, Penguins and Blackhawks.
Binghamton Senators coach Kurt Kleinendorst will be handling the rookies for the duration of the camp.
The Sens are icing two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 14 forwards. The team is comprised of 18 Sens draft picks, three free agents, a trade and one freelancer attending under an amateur tryout pact.
Eight of the invited players saw American Hockey League action last season, while forward Stephane Da Costa, defenceman Patrick Wiercioch and goaltender Robin Lehner played their first NHL games with the Senators during the 2010-11 campaign. The Senators’ 2011 rookie tournament roster is also bumped up by five first-round NHL draft picks – Jared Cowen (ninth, 2009), David Rundblad (17th, 2009), Mika Zibanejad (sixth, 2011), Stefan Noesen (21st, 2011) and Matt Puempel (24th, 2011).
The Sens’ rookies are tentatively scheduled to begin this year’s camp with an open practice at the Bell Sensplex on Friday, Sept. 9, at 9:30 a.m. before leaving for the tournament.
The Ottawa Senators’ Rookie roster
Goaltenders: Robin Lehner (Binghamton – AHL, Ottawa – NHL), Matej Machovsky (Guelph – OHL, Brampton – OHL).
Defencemen: Mark Borowiecki (Clarkson – ECAC, Binghamton – AHL), Jared Cowen (Spokane – WHL, Binghamton – AHL), Eric Gryba (Binghamton – AHL), Jordan Fransoo (Brandon – WHL), Josh Godfrey (South Carolina – ECHL, Hershey – AHL, Chicago – AHL), David Rundblad (Skelleftea – SEL), Patrick Wiercioch (Binghamton – AHL, Ottawa – NHL).
Forwards: Louie Caporusso (Michigan – CCHA), Corey Cowick (Elmira – ECHL, Binghamton – AHL), Jakub Culek (Rimouski – QMJHL), Stephane Da Costa (Merrimack College – Hockey East, Ottawa – NHL), Derek Grant(Michigan State – CCHA, Binghamton – AHL), Wacey Hamilton (Medicine Hat – WHL), Darren Kramer (Spokane – WHL), Stefan Noesen (Plymouth – OHL), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Gatineau – QMJHL), Andre Petersson (HV 71 – SEL), Shane Prince (Ottawa – OHL), Matt Puempel (Peterborough – OHL), Mark Stone (Brandon – WHL), Mika Zibanejad (Djurgardens – SEL).
*Roster subject to change.
|Game 1||Sat., Sept. 10||2 p.m.||Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa|
|Game 2||Sat., Sept. 10||7 p.m.||Toronto vs. Chicago|
|Game 3||Sun., Sept. 11||2 p.m.||Ottawa vs. Chicago|
|Game 4||Sun., Sept. 11||7 p.m.||Toronto vs. Pittsburgh|
|Game 5||Tue., Sept. 13||2 p.m.||Chicago vs. Pittsburgh|
|Game 6||Tue., Sept. 13||7 p.m.||Toronto vs. Ottawa|
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