Senators European prospects 2009-10 review

By Nathan White

Ilya Zubov, F, CSKA Moscow
Acquired: fourth round, 98th overall, 2005

The skilled forward still holds the spot as Ottawa’s top prospect playing overseas, but his future is in doubt thanks to a public trade-request saga in the fall. Zubov, 6’1, 201 lbs, climbed from 38 to 52 points with the Binghamton Senators last season, and had his sights on a job in the NHL this season. When that didn’t happen, he returned to Russia after just one game with the B-Sens. The 23-year-old managed just four goals and seven points splitting the KHL season between Salavat Yulaev and CSKA Moscow, which was swept out of the first round of the playoffs in three straight. Zubov had one assist.

Jakob Silfverberg, Brynäs
Acquired: 2nd round, 39th overall, 2009

Silfverberg is challenging Zubov as Ottawa’s most promising prospect in Europe. The 2009 second-rounder made a splash at the World Junior Championship, when he scored twice in the bronze-medal game. A strong skater who can play on both sides of the puck, Silfverberg finished with eight goals and 16 points in 48 games for Brynäs of the Swedish Elite League, respectable totals for a 19-year-old. Known as a smart, mature player, Silfverberg could leapfrog Zubov and work his way up Ottawa’s overall prospects list.

Andre Petersson, HV71
Acquired: 4th round, 109th overall, 2008

Another 19-year-old World Junior standout, Petersson scored eight goals in Saskatchewan, tied with Canada’s Jordan Eberle for the tournament lead. He tallied another 10 (to go with just five assists) in 37 games for HV71 of the Swedish Elite League. He was on his way to Cy Young totals before an injury cost him the latter part of his season, indicative of his preference to hang on to the puck. He can pass, but prefers to take it himself, and he’s also been knocked for his lack of defensive consistentcy.

Emil Sandin, Brynäs

Acquired: 7th round, 199th overall, 2008

Another Swedish Elite Leaguer, and teammate of Silfverberg’s with Brynäs, is Sandin. The 21-year-old is more of a playmaker, and his numbers took a step backward this season. He finished with just two goals and 12 points in 51 games after posting six goals and 17 points in 53 games last season. He added one assist in five playoff games.

Vitaly Anikeyenko, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Acquired: 3rd round, 70th overall, 2005

The 22-year-old blueliner has good size, weighing in at 6’3, 218 lbs. He also showed flashes of skill, tallying seven goals and 18 points in 57 games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL. He’s a solid, but not flashy, skater, with a useful shot from the point. He used it much more often this season, jumping to 105 shots from 66 as he more than tripled his goals total. Six of his seven goals game with the man advantage. With just 50 penalty minutes in 57 games, he still doesn’t show the mean streak some would like for his size.

Kirill Lyamin, Spartak Moscow

Acquired: 2nd round, 58th overall, 2004

Another Sens defensive prospect in the KHL, Lyamin is a little smaller (6’1, 205) than Anikeyenko, with more of a reputation for aggressive play. The 23-year-old’s
penalty minute totals (52 in 48 games), however, were similar to Anikeyenko’s, after posting 82 last season. He’s known as a smooth skater, and solid defensive player who can shoot and pass, but hasn’t put up much for offensive numbers. He posted just three goals and 12 points this season for Spartak Moscow, one goal and eight points last year.