Senators 2009-10 AHL prospects update

By Shane Goudie

The Ottawa Senators have nine prospects playing at the AHL level with the Binghamton Senators. Binghamton is 13-10-3-1, good for third in the East Division.  

Jim O’Brien, C, 1989-01-29

One of the more promising prospects with Binghamton, O’Brien is slowly finding his way in his first full AHL campaign. Ottawa’s 2007 first-round pick has managed to bring his gritty style of play from the WHL to the pro level. A point a game player at the junior level, O’Brien has thus far not been able to produce much offense. In 26 games, he has tallied only two goals and three assists. His hard work will keep him in the line-up. He should eventually find his scoring touch as he further adapts to hockey at the pro level.   

Zach Smith, C, 1988-04-05

Expected to be a spark plug for the Senators this season, Smith’s lack of consistency has been a noticeable issue thus far. He is well off his scoring pace of last season and currently sits at a disappointing -2. More importantly, his desire to play hard-nosed hockey has been hot and cold. Smith will need to find the work ethic that made him a third-round draft pick of Ottawa in 2008 if he wants to salvage his sophomore season in the AHL.

Cody Bass, C, 1987-01-07

Owen Sound, Ontario native Bass is another hard-working Binghamton forward who is not quite living up to expectations this season. Although he has never been counted on to fill the net, the 2005 draft choice should be a more reliable producer at this point in his career. He has three goals and only two assists to show for his efforts this season. More damning than his point total is his plus/minus. He currently sits at a team-worst -13. His shot-blocking skills and his willingness to drop the gloves have helped the team in some ways, however.

Erik Condra, RW, 1986-08-06

Coming off of four successful seasons with Notre Dame, speedster Condra is making the most of his rookie season in the AHL. The playmaker has so far scored five goals and added nine assists through his first 27 games with Binghamton. He has been a solid addition to the team’s power play and hasn’t looked too out of place playing in the much tougher AHL. There have been moments, however, where he has disappeared. Also, he has been hesitant to use his underrated shot in favor of making low-percentage passes. As the season progresses Condra should continue to improve.

Kaspars Daugavins, LW, 1988-05-18

After playing in parts of three AHL seasons, this is Daugavins’ first full season at the professional level. The versatile forward is performing up to expectations and is a reliable contributor. The Senators’ third-round pick in 2006 has been one of the team’s better forwards this season. His tenacious style of play and willingness to do the necessary dirty work is a huge asset for Binghamton. Daugavins will be a key factor for the AHL Senators going forward this season.

Jason Bailey, RW, 1987-06-04

Bailey’s first season with the Ottawa organization has been unspectacular. With only two points in 16 games, Bailey hasn’t used the fresh start to jump start his career. He is known for playing a tough, smash-mouth style of hockey. However, with several other players with similar skills and more scoring punch also on the team, Bailey hasn’t been much more than a depth player this season.  

Craig Schira, D, 1988-04-21

Signed as a free agent last season, defenseman Schira has so far proven to be a good one. The rookie has looked good this season and provided Binghamton with a viable scoring threat from the point. His solid shot along with his puck-moving ability are his main assets. Thus far, Schira has eight points in 23 games.

Tomas Kudelka, D, 1987-03-10    

As one of the more experienced prospects in Binghamton this season, Kudelka entered the 2009-10 season as one of the leaders on the team’s blue line. Since being drafted in the fifth round in 2005, Kudelka has been steadily getting better and improving his game. After 25 games, the Czech is on pace for personal bests in all scoring categories. More importantly, he has done a better job limiting some of the defensive mistakes he has been known for in the past.

Derek A. Smith, D, 1984-10-13

Smith is another Binghamton defenseman with very good offensive skills. Now in his third season with the team, he is undoubtedly one of the team leaders and relied upon heavily for production from the point. His 16 points are tops among Binghamton rearguards.