As much as I love the Sens, soemtimes the mistakes they manage to make astound me. At their own building, named the SENS PLEX, they are using an outdated logo. I just don't get it sometimes. I'm still up for being President of Common Sense anytime you guys need me. Embarassing.
Nice touch by the Sens this year to give out a little pass to the season ticket holders tonight. Steppin it up nicely. Good job for once.
Triple C, Bryan Murray, Tim Murray, Greg "how do I have a job" Carvel and Brad Lauer checking out the action. I'm not gonna lie, I really wish these guys were getting their shit together for tomorrow's big day than watching 30 hit or miss guys play, when maybe 4 or 5 will ever play for the big club. With that said, I'm keeping the faith for tomorrow anyways.
Opening faceoff. Shoutout to Sens Army, who came out in force tonight. The place was packed for a prospects scrimmage. Really positive look from our fanbase. I was very impressed.
Bobby Butler and Zack Smith. Two guys who played for the Sens last year, only one of them will play for them this year. I'll give you a hint, it doesn't rhyme with schmobby.
Jared Cowen waiting for a faceoff. He didn't wow me tonight, but I say he makes the team this year anyways. He's Zdeno Chara light.
Sens future HOF goalie Robin Lehner skating off the ice after the game. Ok ok, maybe I'm overhyping him a bit. I mean he's no Justin Pogge.
Shoutout to my new favorite Sens prospect, Daniel New. Get it, NEW! At one point his defence pairing was Ben Blood. Yep, that's New-Blood out there. I can picture Bob Cole's head exploading to that one. Then again, we all know he'd just say that Sens defenceman instead of their name.
Sens blue chipper Patrick Wiercicoh doing a little PR after the game. He has a lot of potential, I hope he manages to fufill it all.
This was in the parking lot of the Sens Plex, super classy right? Gotta love those hockey boys. Sophistication personified. Canada 1, USA 0.
Ah yes, SBP in the background. The season is so close I can taste it. September can't come soon enough for me.
Overall, I noticed a few things. We have definitely gotten a lot bigger as a whole. The guys were definitely a 2007 Stanley Cup winning type of team that Murray is known for. It looks to me like we have a bright future, so shoutout to Bryan Murray for that, since he's been taking so much heat lately. Here's my view of some of the prospects tonight.
Bobby Butler - I didn't really notice him, which isn't good for a guy who wants to play in the league this year. He doesn't seem to do anything well and doing at least one thing really well is a key to a job with the Sens this year. I don't see him as an impact player at all.
Jim O'Brien - Brian Lee 2.0, this guy is done and fast. Not going to be an NHL player at all. It's a shame we wasted our 1st rounder on him. Really disappointed with his progress over the past few years.
Patrick Wiercioch - Looked good but not great, so for all of you pencilling him in as a 6th or 7th defenceman might wanna scratch that. He made some nice outlet passes that lead to scoring chances, but overall he was just decent. I was hoping to see him dominate and really stand out, he didn't.
Zack Smith - Definitely stood out to me, especially his skating. He has an NHL stride, you can just tell. He wasn't amazing, but he looked bored. Kinda an as if I have to he here when I played with the big team last year malaise I'm sure. I have to say I can't really blame him. He plays full time for the Sens this year, book it!
Jakob Silfverberg - Had a very nice goal tonight. He looked to have nice hands and some nice potential to score. A possible NHL player on the 2nd or 3rd line.
Jakub Culek - Our recent 3rd rounder was noticeable and definitely a smooth stick handler. To be honest, he kinda looked like a younger Peter Regin type to me. Has a lot to learn though still.
Corey Cowick - Wasn't that impressed. He was average and had the chance to level a guy with his head down and didn't take the opportunity to punish him. I did not care for that at all.
Brad Peltz - Billionaire's kid so what. The kid was nice tonight. He was all over the ice and easily the best player for today. I was really impressed with his speed, his skill and his goal scoring ability.
Louie Caporusso - Barely noticed him. His size will be a liability since he doesn't have enough skill to offset it.
Mike Hoffman - Didn't notice him much either, perhaps that's why there's not much talk of him after an MVP season.
Jared Cowen - I'm as big of a fan of his as you can find and even I have to say he wasn't too great tonight. Had his pocket picked a few times tonight but made up for it with some really punishing hits. Hopefully he gets better by training camp. I watched him closely but wasn't that happy with his play tonight.
Robin Lehner - He was good but not great but man is he ever fast going side to side for a man of his size, amazing. I'm definitely in on the Lehner kool aid early.
So there you have my take on the prospects for those of you who weren't able to make it. Hope it helped. On to free agency tomorrow.