And you just know that somewhere in the nation's capital right is a Leafs fan who is completely and utterly offended at the prospect of someone not named Douggie wearing #93.
More Prospect Rankings...
Over at ESPN Insider, Grant Sonier has ranked the NHL's 30 thirty teams based on the strength of their prospect systems. According to Sonier, the Senators have the third strongest system:
With defenseman Erik Karlsson(15th overall, 2008) already shining with the Senators, Ottawa has a number of additional young D-men coming down the pipeline. David Rundblad, formerly the 17th overall pick of St. Louis, has a chance to make this season's team and will battle with highly touted defenseman Jared Cowen (ninth overall, 2009). Mika Zibanejad (sixth overall, 2011) made honorable mention on my list of top 10 prospects who are most likely to play this year, and he will push to stay in Ottawa. His size, skating and overall two-way game will make it hard for the Sens brass to send him back to Sweden.
Also on the radar: Stefan Noesen (21st overall, 2011) and Matthew Puempel (24th overall, 2011).
Total number of top prospects: 14
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Lee Sweat Retires From Hockey
According to his agency's Twitter account (@NortonSports), "Client Lee "I don't" Sweatt has notified the #Senators that he is retiring from #hockey to pursue outside biz interests."
It's fantastic timing since former Binghamton Senators defenceman Andre Benoit inked a deal to play in the KHL next season. This leaves the organization in need of a veteran defenceman at the AHL level who can be called upon in the event of an injury. (Paging Bryan McCabe.) Now before you start criticizing the Sweatt family for screwing with an Ontario-based NHL organization for the second consecutive offseason, it may be reasonable to assume that Sweatt felt that his recovery from multiple broken bones in his foot wasn't going as smoothly as he had hoped. (Note: Sweatt sustained these injuries after blocking a Shea Weber last season.)
On This "Rozy" Day In Senators History...
Thanks to Sportsnet's latest hire, Jeff Marek, we now know that on this day in 1993, the Senators signed free agent Vladimir Ruzicka. In his first NHL game with the Oilers, Ruzicka was assessed a minor penalty for leaving the bench to congratulate his netminder, Bill Ranford, on a good period of play. While allowed in Europe, this is a penalty in the NHL. Traded to Boston for Greg Hawgood, he became the first Czech player to ever suit up for the Bruins. In Ottawa, things didn't go very well as he feuded openly with assistant coach Rick Bowness. During one practice, Bowness kicked Ruzicka off the ice, screamed four-letter words at him and smashed his stick. Ruzicka was soon thereafter placed on waivers and went to play in Switzerland.
Bruce Ward Wants a New Scoreboard...
I'm sure the Senators wives and girlfriends will enjoy one paragraph from this Citizen article.