Chris Wideman
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Chris Wideman

Hometown:

St. Louis Missouri

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-01-07

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

4th round (100th overall), 2009

Weight:

174 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Chris Wideman enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign as a member of the Miami RedHawks team that went all the way to the national championship game this past April. He appeared in 39 games this season posting 26 assists, which led the team. Wideman also led Miami with a plus-11. His stellar season earned him a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie team. Most recently, Wideman was invited to the upcoming U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY for the 2010 World Junior Championships.

2009-10: Wideman skated in all 44 games for Miami as a sophomore as the RedHawks captured the CCHA regular season title and advanced to the Frozen Four. He had a +18 plus/minus and scored 5 goals with 17 assists and 63 PMs. Miami defeated arch-rival Michigan in an epic, two overtime game in the NCAA Midwest Region Final to reach the Frozen Four.

2010-11: Wideman played all 39 games for Miami as a junior and was the leading scorer among defensemen for the RedHawks with 3 goals and 20 assists. He was +8 with 32 PMs for Miami, which defeated Western Michigan in the CCHA Championship game after finishing third in the league during the regular season.

2011-12: Wideman skated in 41 games for Miami University as a senior, being joined by his younger brother Alex, a freshman forward. He was the leading scorer amongst Redhawks defensemen with 4 goals and 24 assists and was plus-22 with 40 penalty minutes; scoring 3 of his 4 goals on the power play.  Miami finished fourth in the CCHA and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after winning the league’s third place game. Wideman suffered a season-ending upper body injury that prevented him from joining AHL Binghamton following the college season in Miami’s overtime NCAA tournament loss to Massachusetts-Lowell. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with Ottawa in March, 2012.

2012-13: Wideman skated in the AHL with Ottawa affiliate Binghamton and also played five games for the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals in his first pro season. After opening the year with the Jackals due to a surplus of defensemen with the AHL club, Wideman steadily saw more action with Binghamton. He scored 2 goals with 16 assists and was +8 with 46 penalty minutes in 60 games. The Senators were second in the East Division and had the AHL’s fourth-best record before being swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first round series. Wideman had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He had 5 assists in five ECHL games with the Jackals and was +2 with 7 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Wideman was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Ottawa AHL affiliate Binghamton in his second pro season — finishing fourth amongst all scorers on the team with 51 points. He scored 9 goals and led the Senators with 42 assists in 73 games, finishing +5 with 101 penalty minutes. The Senators lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first-round playoff series after finishing first in the East Division in the regular season. Wideman scored 1 goal and was -6 with 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Wideman sign a two-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators in June 2014. 

2014-15: Wideman was the Binghamton Senators’ second-leading scorer behind forward Shane Prince in his third AHL season. He scored a career-high 19 goals with 42 assists and was +9 with 116 penalty minutes in 75 games. The Senators missed the AHL playoffs, finishing third in the East Division.

Talent Analysis

Wideman is an intelligent, excellent puck-moving defenseman on the small side. He is poised and patience with the puck and distributes and makes smart decisions. One of Wideman’s best attributes is his smart and effective use of his stick, particularly in taking away passing/shooting lanes. He possesses an accurate shot and can get pucks to the net. Wideman is a very good skater with good foot speed and transitions remarkably well. Wideman will play the body when necessary and is combative despite his lack of stature.  He is positionally sound, but his size makes it difficult for him to contain bigger opposing forwards.

Future

Wideman enters his fourth season in the Senators' organization in 2015-16 and will look to crack the lineup in Ottawa after a season in which he was one of the top offensive defensemen in the AHL. His lack of stature will be a challenge at the NHL level. His skill set suggests he can be a valuable offensive threat from the blue line, particularly on the power play.

Ottawa Senators prospects gained valuable post-season experience

by John Henkelman
on
Defenseman Chris Wideman

Photo: Defenseman Chris Wideman was one of many Senators prospects to ink an entry-level deal at the conclusion of his season. Expected to start 2012-13 in the AHL, Wideman brings a two-way puck-moving presence to the Ottawa organization. (Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)

 

As an organization, the Ottawa Senators were able to gain invaluable experience during the recent playoff season. The NHL club exceeded most predictions and made the playoffs in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season. Many observers credited a portion of their success to a core group of young players who played a major role in the Binghamton Senators championship run in the 2010-11 AHL playoffs.

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