Monday, September 05, 2005

The New Kids On The Block

It's slowly starting to arrive. Though we're still a month away from when they drop the puck on the first game that actually means something, the little festivities that occur before that time are coming up.

This week, the Senators will host a five team rookie tournament at the Corel Centre, with the other four teams being the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Florida Panthers, with games starting on Tuesday.

I'm still not sure if my schedule will permit me to attend any of the games, but at less than $12 for a tournament pass, and a Leafs-Sens match-up as one of the contests, I'll be kicking myself if I don't get out to at least a few of them. Even though it will be full of kids still wet behind the ears, I'm sure even the rookie game between Toronto and Ottawa will have a heightened level of intensity. These youngsters had to see some of those games, right?

The Sens released the roster that will suit up for them for the tournament late last week, but I must've missed it because someone from the team fired off a copy of the list yesterday afternoon.

The team will consist of:
# Players Pos Ht Wt 2004-05 Team(s)
40 Glass, Jeff G 6’2 182 Kootenay (WHL)
32 Guard, Kelly G 6’1 203 Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)
68 Fontaine, Charles D 6’2 222 Cape-Breton (QMJHL)
69 Good, Dale D 6’3 213 St.Michael’s Majors (OHL)
50 Komadoski, Neil D 6’2 215 Binghamton (AHL)
59 Kudelka, Tomas D 6’2 174 Zlin AC ZPS (CZE)
38 Meszaros, Andrej D 6’2 189 Vancouver (WHL)
67 Perry, Todd D 6’3 215 Barrie (OHL)
54 Petruic, Neil D 6’1 190 Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
63 Bouchard, Dave L 5’11 195 Drummondville (QMJHL)
55 Faulkner,MacGregor L 6’1 206 Clarkson University (ECAC)
64 Marquardt, Matt L 6’3 224 Brockville (CJHL)
66 Wick, Roman L 6’1 187 Red Deer (WHL)
57 Wikner, John L 6’1 181 Vastra Frolunda HC Jr. (SWE)
48 Bois, Danny R 6’1 210 Binghamton (AHL)
44 Eaves, Patrick R 6’ 185 Boston College (HE)
60 Gibbons, Andrew R 6’2 193 Sault Ste. Marie, Oshawa (OHL)
61 Greene, Chris R 6’2 179 Erie (OHL)
65 Labrecque,Guillaume R 5’11 190 Gatineau (QMJHL)
58 Bass, Cody C 6’ 185 Mississauga Ice Dogs (OHL)
51 Desharnais, David C 5’7 170 Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
62 Stefanski, Sean C 5’9 185 Lakehead University (CIS)

I've talked extensively about Meszaros and Eaves here already, so I'm assuming most of you are already familar with them. Some notes on the rest of the players:

Jeff Glass
- Backstopped Team Canada to their gold medal in January's World Junior Championship.
- Ottawa's 3rd round pick (89th overall) in 2004
- 2004-05 CHL and WHL Goaltender of the Year
- could take Ray Emery's spot as the Senators franchise goalie
- though scouting reports praise his advanced level of athleticism, it's thought that he's a few years away from being NHL ready
- because the Sens have a few other goalies further along in their development, he'll likely return to junior
- statistics with the WHL's Kootenay Ice:
2002-03 35GP, 2.45GAA, 4SO, .909SV%, 15W, 16L, 3T
2003-04 57GP, 2.35GAA, 5SO, .911SV%, 26W, 20L, 6T
2004-05 51GP, 1.76GAA, 8SO, .932SV%, 34W, 11L, 5T

Kelly Guard
- signed as a free agent in 2004 after not being drafted
- in '03-'04, lead the WHL in wins, shutouts, and goals against average
- finished 2nd in WHL MVP voting that same year
- was the goaltender of the 2004 WHL and Memorial Cup champs Kelowna Rockets
- at 22 he might have some maturity that Glass lacks
- is said to be stellar at playing angles
- spent last year as the back-up with Charlotte of the ECHL, where it was said he he struggled making the adjustment to pro
- statistics with ECHL's Charlotte Checkers
2004-05 26GP, 3.06GAA, 0SO, .901SV%, 12W, 11L, 2T
- statistics with WHL's Kelowna Rockets
2002-03 53GP, 1.93GAA, 6SO, .911SV%, 39W, 10L, 3T
2003-04 62GP, 1.56GAA, 13SO, .925SV%, 44W, 14L, 4T

Charles Fontaine
- undrafted and without a contract
- mostly known for his physical play and enforcer abilities
- statistics with the Hull Olympiques and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of QMJHL
2001-02 41GP, 0G, 0A, 0pts
2002-03 61GP, 1G, 2A, 3pts
2003-04 66GP, 2G, 5A, 7pts
2004-05 64GP, 1G, 6A, 7pts

Dale Good
- undrafted and without a contract
- statistics with the St. Michael's Majors of the OHL
2003-04 42GP, 7G, 10A, 17pts
2004-05 60GP, 4G, 16A, 20pts

Neil Komadoski
- Ottawa's 3rd round pick (81st overall) in 2001
- second generation player, as his father Neil Sr. played eight seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Jets, and Blues
- a product of the U.S. National Junior team
- scouting reports indicate he has excellent puck moving skills, strong offensive upside, and a decent point shot
- quarterbacked the Notre Dame powerplay during his time there
- spent last year in the AHL as one of their third pair defencemen, and will likely be back there this year, getting more ice time
- statistics with Notre Dame of the NCAA
2000-01 30GP, 2G, 5A, 7pts
2001-02 37GP, 2G, 9A, 11pts
2002-03 40GP, 1G, 23A 24pts
2003-04 39GP, 5G, 15A, 20pts

- statistics with Binghamton Senators of AHL
2003-04 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0pts
2004-05 36GP, 2G, 1A, 3pts

Tomas Kudelka
- Ottawa's 5th round pick (136th overall) in 2005
- ranked 14th among European skaters by central scouting this past year
- represented his native Czech Republic on the under 18 team
- at less than 180 pounds, he likely needs to fill out before coming over to North America, especially since he's had a rep of being too timid
- scouting reports indicate he is offensive minded first with tremendous speed and agility and excellent puck moving skills among his skill set
- will likely spend this coming season with Zin of the Czech Extraleague

Todd Perry
- undrafted and without a contract
- was drafted 9th overall by Sarnia in the 2002 OHL draft
- left Boston College after a year
- an excellent defensive defencemen with good toughness and big minutes potential according to the scouts
- his offensive upside is said to be limited
- statistics with Barrie Colts of OHL
2004-05 29GP, 0G, 8A, 8pts

Neil Petruic
- Ottawa's 8th round pick (235rd overall) in 2001, a pick acquired from Montreal for Andreas Dackell
- much of what was said about Kudelka can be applied to Petruic as he is considered an offensive defencemen with questionable defensive and physical skills
- great powerplay abilities, due to his good passing skills and excellent shot
- consistency is also said to be an issue
- statistics with University Minnesota-Duluth of NCAA
2001-02 40GP, 3G, 6A, 9pts
2002-03 40GP, 6G, 8A, 14pts
2003-04 45GP, 4G, 10A, 14pts
2004-05 32GP, 1G, 8A, 9ts

Dave Bouchard
- undrafted and without a contract
- limited offensive skills, but a good fighter, even in spite of his smallish stature, having amassed 175 PIMs last season
- ranked 139th among North American skaters by central scouting this past year
- statistics with Drummondville Voltigeurs of QMJHL
2003-04 57GP, 9G, 5A, 14pts
2004-05 66GP, 7G, 9A, 16pts

MacGregor Faulkner
- undrafted and without a contract
- ranked 22nd among U.S. college players by central scouting in 2002
- statistics with Clarkson University of NCAA
2001-02 27GP, 2G, 4A, 6pts
2002-03 35GP, 3G, 12A, 15pts
2003-04 40GP, 17G, 26A, 43pts
2004-05 39GP, 11G, 8A, 19pts

Matt Marquardt
- undrafted and without a contract
- will play for Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL this year, being coached by Ted Nolan
- Nolan said last week he was their best player in training camp

Roman Wick
- Ottawa's 5th round pick (156th overall) in 2004
- ranked 36th among European skaters by central scouting that year
- represented his native Switzerland in the 2005 World Junior championships
- scouting reports say he is extremely talented with the puck and excellent in one-on-one situations
- his defensive game was said to have grown by leaps and bounds when playing under Brent Sutter for Red Deer this past season
- those who've followed his development say he needs to toughen up and become more physical
- statistics with Red Deer Rebels of WHL
2004-05 66GP, 32G, 38A, 70pts

John Wikner
- Ottawa's 9th round pick (284th overall) in 2004
- though he has a reputation of taking bad penalties and being somewhat dirty on the ice, his physical game is said to be among his best assets, as he loves to play the body
- scouts say he has decent scoring and passing skills for someone who mostly plays a checking role
- twin brother of Fred Wikner, Calgary's 6th round pick in '04
- statistics with Frolunda of the Swedish Super Elite Junior league
2003-04 31GP, 6G, 3A, 9pts
2004-05 32GP, 10G, 14A, 24pts

Danny Bois
- Colorado's 3rd round pick (97th overall) in 2001
- was signed as a free agent
- plays an enforcer role, having collected over 200 PIMs all four of his years in junior as well as last year in the AHL, but has some offensive skills as well
- statistics with London Knights of OHL
2000-01 66GP, 21G, 16A, 37pts
2001-02 62GP, 16G, 14A, 30pts
2002-03 56GP, 19G, 13A, 32pts
2003-04 52GP, 14G, 26A, 40pts

- statistics with Binghamton Senators of AHL
2004-05 72GP, 2G, 4A, 6pts

Andrew Gibbons
- undrafted and without a contract
- a gritty player with limited offensive skills but a big heart, say the scouts
- statistics with Oshawa Generals and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of OHL
2002-03 5GP, 0G, 1A, 1pts
2003-04 55GP, 7G, 7A, 14pts
2004-05 52GP, 5G, 17A, 22pts

Chris Greene
- undrafted and without a contract
- Erie Otters' 2005 Rookie of the Year
- statistics with Erie Otters of OHL
2004-05 68GP, 7G, 24A, 31pts

Guillaume Labrecque
- undrafted and without a contract
- size is said to be an issue
- very creative with the puck and an excellent passer
- was CHL Player of the Week for December 13th, 2004
- an excellent playoff performer, scoring 45 points in 48 games over his junior career
- statistics with Hull/Gatineau Olympiques of QMJHL
2001-02 45GP, 2G, 6A, 8pts
2002-03 71GP, 17G, 31A, 48pts
2003-04 61GP 28G, 29A, 57pts
2004-05 68GP, 28G, 52A, 80pts

Cody Bass
- Ottawa's 4th round pick (9th overall) in 2005, a pick acquired from Minnesota for Todd White
- scouting says he's an excellent skater with good defensive and physical games and a consistent work ethic, especially strong on the penalty kill
- was named the best defensive forward in an OHL coach's poll
- his size is not great nor does he have a lot of offensive skill, going two months without a goal this past season in junior
- was part of Team Canada that won silver in the Under 18 World Championship
- attended Team Canada's World Junior Championship development camp earlier this summer and will likely play a checking role on the team in the tournament later this year
- statistics with Mississauaga Ice Dogs of OHL
2003-04 61GP, 3G, 7A, 10pts
2004-05 66GP, 11G, 17A, 28pts

David Desharnais
- undrafted and without a contract
- at 5'7", it probably goes without saying that size is his biggest question mark
- very fast and shifty, he's said to be excellent with the puck, both in regards to shooting and passing
- was part of Team Quebec in the Russia-Quebec game this past year
- statistics with Chicoutimi Sagueneens of QMJHL
2003-04 70GP, 23G, 28A, 51pts
2004-05 68GP, 32G, 65A, 97pts

Sean Stefanski
- undrafted and without a contract
- played for five OHL teams over his four year junior career, including being traded three times in the '01-'02 season
- plays beyond his size, taking the body often
- statistics with Oshawa Generals, Owen Sound Attack, Kingston Frontenacs, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and Sudbury Wolves of OHL
2000-01 59GP, 7G, 8A, 15pts
2001-02 54GP, 10G, 6A, 16pts
2002-03 64GP, 22G, 26A, 48pts
2003-04 63GP, 15G, 20A, 35pts

- statistics with Lakehead University of CIS
2004-05 44GP, 8G, 13A, 21pts

Thanks, of course, to the wonderful Hockeys Future site for a lot of the scouting info.


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At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As supporter of the CJHL, it's great to see Matt Marquardt at this camp. He was the rookie of the year 04/05 while playing for the Brockville Braves. He's big , very physical and has a cannon for a shot. He will greatly benefit from his time in Moncton with Ted Nolan and Danny Flynn.

At 2:14 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Yeah, everything I read about Marquardt when preparing this post was very positive, which made me wonder why he went undrafted.

At 8:11 AM, Blogger just'cuz said...

Saw the game between the Leafs and Sens hopefuls, last night.

I thought the best player on the Sens was David Desharnais, all 5'7" of him! He showed a lot of speed and heart; he didn't shy away from contact and initiated some of it himself. He scored the Sens only goal, by winning the battle for the rebound.

Meszaros wasn't spectacular but you can tell he deserves a shot at a roster spot in the NHL. He would have shown better if he was on the ice with better breakout passes because the forwards weren't there, but he was looking. And, he was very confident in his zone, didn't rush or panic. My son plays D for his Pee Wee AA team, so we were watching the D more closely than the other players.

Eaves didn't shy away from the contact (the Leafs were laying the body on him whenever he touched the puck) and showed some moves. But imho, he didn't really stand out.

I don't know how you hide a 6'3" player but I didn't notice Marquardt, at all.

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous skanji in Kanata said...


This is some awesome analysis...keep it up!

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marquardt and Todd Perry were not in the line-up last night.


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