Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Robbie Baillargeon has been nearly a point-per-game player since being dealt from the Indiana Ice to the Omaha Lancers (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
Robbie Baillargeon is hockey’s “Mystery Man”. If he were a president, he would be Woodrow Wilson. If he were the subject of a novel, Kristen Ashley would write it. If he were a superhero, he would team up with Mr. Furious, The Shoveler and The Blue Raja.
Photo: Omaha native Gage Hough was the scoring hero for the hometown Omaha Lancers at the USHL "Battles on Ice" game (courtesy of Mitch Highman/mJoy Photography)
There is a new rivalry brewing in Nebraska.
No, it is not the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, or the UNO Mavericks and the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Rather, it is between the Omaha Lancers and the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.
Photo: Offensive Defenseman Cody Ceci is one of several talented players the Ottawa Senators have at the OHL level. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Ottawa Senators have nine prospects presently at the junior level led by former first round picks Cody Ceci, Stefan Noesen, and Matt Puempel. The organization addressed its weak goaltending depth in the 2012 entry draft by selecting Chris Driedger of the WHL and Francois Brassard of the QMJHL, both of whom are having strong seasons. The lone junior prospect Ottawa has outside of Canadain major junior is Robbie Baillargeon of the USHL.
Photo: Forward Jarrod Maidens has to yet to return to action after suffering a concussion in November 2011. (CHL Images)
If the Ottawa Senators' appearance in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs was surprising, it was only because no one expected the organization's young talent to develop so quickly. With Erik Karlsson leading the way, the Senators have another triumvirate of future Swedish stars in forwards Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg and goaltender Robin Lehner in the pipeline.