Apparently Andre Petersson is not the only Binghamton Senator to be officially recalled by the parent hockey club, just moments ago, the Ottawa Senators officially announced that defenceman Mark Borowiecki will also join the team in Toronto today. With Brian Lee not starting the trip with the team because of an undisclosed lower body injury, Borowiecki, like Petersson, will provide some insurance in the event of another injury. As Ian Mendes mentioned on Twitter however, Paul MacLean acknowledged that both Petersson and Borowiecki will get an opportunity to play and make their respective NHL debuts.
Borowiecki, a local product, was Ottawa's 5th round selection (139th overall) in the 2008 draft. Through 42 games with the Baby Sens, the rugged blueliner has 3 goals, 15 points and a +3 plus/minus rating.
For those of you who are social media inclined, you can follow Borowiecki (@theborocop) and Petersson (@petersson20) on Twitter.
The Euge References a Scouting Service
Hat tip to Twitter follower @MikeRoe_ for picking up on the fact that during his interview on the Fan 590, Eugene Melnyk was referencing Hockey's Future as the scouting service that ranked the Ottawa Senators as having the second best pipeline in the NHL behind the Florida Panthers. For what it's worth, their forecast was done before the start of the season. Here's what Hockey's Future wrote:
Strengths: The Senators have top-end talent at every forward position, headlined by wingers Matt Puempel and Stefan Noesen, and center Mika Zibanejad. The organization possesses one of the best one-two punches on defense in physical stalwart Jared Cowen and puck-mover David Rundlad. There are also a deep group of players who can fill a variety of roles and provide depth at the NHL level including Stephane Da Costa, Jim O'Brien, and Bobby Butler. Weaknesses: Robin Lenher is a quality goaltending prospect but there is no one behind him. Many of their mid-tier prospects such as Butler and Colin Greening are set to graduate this season and leave a hole in the prospect pool. Top 5 Prospects: 1. David Rundblad, D, 2. Jared Cowen, D, 3. Mika Zibanejad, C, 4. Robin Lehner, G, 5. Jakob Silfverberg, C.
Update on Patrick Wiercioch's Status
Per Joy Lindsay (@PSBJoyOnTheSens), Coach Kleinendorst said Patrick Wiercioch's latest doctor's visit went well, #BSens expect him back before the end of this season.
There Will Be Blood...
A little late on this but Puck Daddy recently published a blog that highlighted the actions of Senators prospect Ben Blood during this weekend's Minnesota Gophers versus University of North Dakota games. In the second game of their back-to-back series, Blood took exception to a slash to the back of his leg from Kyle Rau and exacted his revenge during the customary handshake line that occurs at the end of the games.
For his actions, Blood has subsequently been stripped of his assistant captaincy. Unsportsmanlike or not, I loved it and cannot wait for Blood to turn pro.
Don't Touch the Fucking Kid
The only thing that needs to be said about last night's Karlsson/Kane/Neil/Stuart/Carkner incident is best summed up by this HockeyFights.com commentator zonahockeyfan:
"Karlsson clean hit on Kane, Kane clean hit on Karlsson followed by a punch at Karlssons neck in which he goes down in pain, play continues...
Neil with a nice hit, followed by 3 big rights in Kane`s ear...domination
Carkner landed like 8 punches in Stuarts face (who was playing tough guy earlier in the game). ...uber domination
The Sens coach puts Konopka and Smith on the ice after these penalties.
The message here? Ya don't f--- with the The Kid!"Prediction Panel
Finally, you can check out James Gordon's Ottawa Senators Prediction Panel (that I just happen to participate in) here.
Enough talk about the feel good story. It will feel a lot better if the Sens win a couple of playoff rounds. Jets game exposed speed and toughness issues in parts of the lineup. This game looked like a preview of what the Sens could face from a hungry playoff team in. Can't go deep if you wait on third period runs and lucky bounces.
I hope the Borocop is ready for Jay Rosehill and the suds.
@GraemeNichols Sigh ... that's right, it IS already afternoon there. Looong Tuesday morning here in Vancouver.
@sensuries "Enough talk about the feel good story. It will feel a lot better if the Sens win a couple of playoff rounds."
The expectations are rising for this team.