Since I'm now a contributor to the6thsens.com, I will no longer be blogging here. Just in case some people want to read more of my stuff, I've decided to keep a list of my work elsewhere, which I will continue to update. I will add my newest work to the top of the list so that you won't have to risk breaking something in the midst of scrolling down the page while searching for some Cool New Content.
The lockout. Thuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh lockout. Most Senators fans will probably get their hockey fix this season from one of two options:
a) the local junior team who lost 5 of their 7 leading scorers, and all 3 of their goaltenders
b) last year’s worst AHL team through grainy, low-quality live streams
I’ll probably be watching the 67’s, but I’ll most likely toss a slice of B-Sens action onto my OHL hockey hamburger every now and then to catch a glimpse of the team’s top prospects.
Last year the Ottawa Senators had the 7th worst defense in the league. Part of that was due to allowing the 5th most PP goals in the league because of: a) a poor penalty kill, and b) taking tons of unnecessary penalties
So how bad was the penalty kill?
Posted by Chris at 3:58 PM
Last year Erik Karlsson kicked some serious National Hockey League butt, won the Norris, got a $45.5 million contract, and convinced some old guy that Filip Kuba is worth $8 million. Not bad for a 21 year-old. In fact, I googled what the average 21 year-old does, and none of the things I mentioned came up.
Any who…how good was Karlsson at even-strength last year? Well, I’m glad you asked. Erik Karlsson led defensemen in even-strength points with 50. The next highest was Kevin Bieskskssksksksa with 34. Karlsson was THAT good.
Posted by Chris at 9:34 AM
For the “Nick Foligno is a 2nd line player” crowd, their biggest argument in Nick’s favor is his even-strength production, despite mainly playing in the bottom 6. They are right, his production was very good. Nick had 2.4 points per 60 minutes at even-strength (P/60) last season, which was good enough for second highest on the team, behind only Jason Spezza.
Posted by Chris at 8:33 AM
After coming off a 14 goal sophomore season, it looks like 24 year-old Zack Smith is a lock for the third line next season. He does everything that Ottawa hockey fans love; he hits, he fights and drives the net hard. All around beauty from Maple Creek Saskatchewan, way ta’ go Smitty! *thumbs up*
But I wouldn’t count out Peter Regin to steal his spot on the third line.
Posted by Chris at 3:24 PM