Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Deep and diverse group on defense
  • Many prospects close to NHL ready
  • Depth and skill at forward
Weaknesses
  • Lack of elite defensive talent

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chris Driedger CHL 7.5 C
2. Francois Brassard CHL 6.5 C
3. Marcus Hogberg Europe 6.5 C
4. Andrew Hammond Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mark Stone Pro 7.0 C
2. Tobias Lindberg Europe 7.0 D
3. Cole Schneider Pro 6.5 D
4. Buddy Robinson Pro 6.0 C
5. Chris LeBlanc NCAA 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Puempel Pro 7.0 C
2. Shane Prince Pro 7.0 C
3. Nikita Filatov Europe 7.0 D
4. Mike Hoffman Pro 6.5 B
5. Max McCormick NCAA 6.5 D
6. Jakub Culek Pro 6.5 D
7. Ludwig Karlsson Pro 6.5 D
8. Darren Kramer Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Curtis Lazar CHL 7.5 C
2. Jean-Gabriel Pageau Pro 7.0 C
3. Ryan Dzingel Pro 7.0 C
4. Stephane Da Costa Pro 6.5 C
5. Derek Grant Pro 6.5 C
6. Vincent Dunn CHL 6.5 C
7. Wacey Hamilton Pro 6.5 D
8. Jarrod Maidens CHL 6.5 D
9. Robbie Baillargeon NCAA 6.5 D
10. David Dziurzynski Pro 6.5 D
11. Quentin Shore NCAA 5.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Cody Ceci Pro 7.0 B
2. Mark Borowiecki Pro 6.5 B
3. Fredrik Claesson Pro 6.5 C
4. Mikael Wikstrand Europe 6.5 C
5. Michael Sdao Pro 6.5 D
6. Chris Wideman Pro 6.5 D
7. Ben Blood Pro 6.5 D
8. Tim Boyle Junior 6.5 D
9. Ben Harpur CHL 6.0 C
10. Troy Rutkowski Pro 6.0 D

Sens Rookie Camp

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Rookie Camp

The Sens rookie camp wrapped up last night. For the second year in a row the Ottawa rookies won a mini tournament between the Lightning, Canadiens, and Panthers youngsters. Martin Havlat had a hat trick
including the game winner to down Tampa. Once again the tournament was a great success. The Panthers who host the tournament in Hull, Quebec hope to add more teams for next year’s tournament.

During the tournament Martin Havlat silenced his critics, including this one, concerning his physical play. While not carrying sharpened elbows Havlat didn’t totally shy away from the rough stuff. Frankly Havlat looked like a first line NHLer by the time the end of the camp rolled around. A late round pick from last year’s draft Alexandre Giroux, was very impressive potting numerous goals and controlling the flow of the game down low. Antoine Vermette, another Q league forward was brilliant showing plenty offensive improvisation.

Ottawa’s goaltending was very good during the tournament. Mathieu Chouinard looked confident and determined in between the pipes, in an allusion to his play of a few years back. While being solid, Lajeunesse the other goaltender was out played by the older of the two.

Another note is that Swiss defenseman Julien Vauclair, a beautiful skater, finally looks ready for North American hockey.

At least ten of the players from the rookie camp can expect to be invited to the main camp….. definites include
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Sens News and Notes for the Week of August 14th

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Ink and more Ink

The Senators have resigned defensemen John Gruden and Shane Hnidy. Expect Gruden to play a handful of games with the big league club. Forward John Emmons was also resigned.

In a move that has most Sens fans frustrated the Sens signed David Oliver to a multi-year deal. Oliver was released from the club in the 98-99 season after an abysmal start. Oliver soon found work with the Houston Aero’s of the IHL and late last year suited up 9 times for the Phoenix Coyotes.

NHL veteran Derek King is the newest Senator. Last year King played with the Maple Leafs and Blues before bouncing around IHL.

It’s That Time of the Year Again

Originally four players filed for arbitration; Philips, York, Arvedson and Bonk. A few days later both Philips and Arvedson signed one year deals. York, as well came to terms with the team only hours before his hearing. This leaves Bonk to await his hearing in the next few weeks.

The Ottawa Senators Vs. Alexi Yashin

The hockey club (Rod Bryden) has diminished the damages being sought from hold out center Alexi Yashin. Now $900,000, the original amount was 7 million. This move further rouses the growing insurgency amongst Ottawa Fans. Only a few months past, Bryden was the savoir of the team, but now most of the public look upon him as a petulant control freak.

Capitan Video to the Rescue
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Sens News and Notes for the Week of July 17th

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Vanner a star

Shaun Van Allen, a popular late line center with the team took a multi-year deal with the Dallas Stars last week. Although much criticized for his lack of speed Van Allen is a smart defensive player with an ability to win a good percentage of face-offs. Sens will miss most the veteran leadership the Saskatchewan native brought to the dressing room. He was an important force in uniting European and North American players. Vanner won’t pot you 20, but he’s the perfect replacement for Guy Carbonneau. The Senators insulted Van Allen by only offering a one-year deal.

July 2001 – Assistant Coach Wanted

For the third year in a row the Senators assistant coach in charge of defense and penalty kills has skipped town. First it was Mike Ramsay who went to Philadelphia, a year after that Mike Murphy left of the league head office and now Andre Savard departs for the Habs. Savard was a scout for many years in the Sens system and leaves Bytowne for a similar front office position with Montreal. Leading the list of replacements is Claude Julien who was recently interviewed for the head coaching position in Grand Rapids when Guy Charron left for Anaheim. Julien is head coach of the Hull Olympiques and was rumoured for the assistant’s position the last two years when Ramsay and Murphy left. Charron would have been the natural choice to fill the vacancy.

Barrass-who?
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Sens News and Notes for the Week of July 9th

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Prospect Camp

There is a prospect camp being held in the southern suburbs of the capital this week. Mike Fisher will be there continuing his path to recovery, but most interesting will be the appearance of Martin Havlat and Mathieu Chouinard. Last week both players signed contracts with the Senators. Havlat was a first round pick in ’99, while Chouinard was a Senators first round pick in ’98 and a second round pick in ’00.

The President and The Convict

As you most likely know arbitrator Lawrence Holden ruled in favour of the NHL and the Ottawa Senators over Alexi Yashin. Citing a verbal agreement between the former president of the NHL John Ziegler and the disgraced founder of the NHLPA Alan Eagleson, the ruling surprised many. There are murmurs the NHL had been very unhappy with the recent string arbitrator decisions. It should be noted Holden is the same man who ruled Mike Van Ryn a free agent.

Bryden Wants Yashin Back

Rod Bryden owner of the team has invited holdout center Alexi Yashin to return the Senators. Saying the disagreement was never anything but professional, Bryden wont okay the player and still expects Yashin to fulfill his contractual obligations. The educated guess is that Bryden is merely enjoying the moment. When you make it known you are trying to move an asset, it is important not to devaluate it. Public opinion in the city seems to be strongly behind a trade as opposed to a rapprochement.

Senators 2000-2001 Budget
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Senators Late Round Picks

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After a perplexing first three rounds the Sens plotted their way through the last six. The Senators selected 6 players and traded a pick for another. The two day total is seven defenseman, three centers and one goaltender. Many weaknesses were addressed.

In the fourth round the Senators took defenseman Derrick Byfurglien of the Fargo-Moorhead IceSharks with the 122nd pick. Byfurglien is 6’1″ 185lbs and has received a scholarship with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. By all accounts he is a player with the ability to head-man the puck out of the zone and at the same time posses a great shot. In 50 USHL games last season, Derrick collected 16 points (5G,11A) and 106 PIM. This was a compensatory pick for the loss of group III free agent Lance Pitlick.
The Sens’ anticipation for the fifth round must have been great as they held three picks in succession (156,157 and 158). With the 156th slot the Sens selected blueliner Greg Zanon of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. At 5’11″ 200lbs Zanon might be hurt by conditionin, though it’s still too early to tell. Last year 50 PIM, 3 goals and 22 assists were accumulated in 35 games.

The 157th pick was used to take Grant Potulney of the USHL’s Lincoln Stars. Grant has received a scholarship from the University of Minnesota. At 6’2″ 190lbs this pivot appears to have great upside as he was voted the Stars most improved player in ’98. With 56 games played Potulney potted 25 and aided 30 others.
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