–Daniel Alfredsson talked about Rob Klinkhammer:
He played really good (Saturday). He’s been playing solid. He knows his role, starting to get a little more comfortable with the puck, get a read off me and Turry, too, how we move out there. I think (Saturday) was probably our best game together. It’s probably sometimes easier for him to play up here than it is to play in the AHL. Easy to read off me and Turry. He’s done a really good job so far.
–Pierre McGuire says the terrible idea proposed at the GM’s meeting to bring back the redline is a dead letter. With scoring continuing to slide (it has declined every year post-lockout) the redline would further erode what little scoring there is. Stu Hackel reports the only potential changes being discussed are 3-on-3 overtime and eliminating the trapezoid, with the latter having virtually no impact on the game. One of the main problems in the game, goaltender equipment, is not being discussed.
–ESPN‘s power rankings are out and Ottawa is 12th.
–Bobby Raymond had an assist in Florida’s 8-2 last night.
-Prospect updates (their position in team scoring is noted in brackets, defence compared to defence); I’ve also indicated if the player’s scoring position has change (with a + for up, – for down, and = for unchanged). All leagues except the CHL are into playoff rounds and in the case of some NCAA players their seasons are finished (they are marked with a *):
Mark Stone (RW, Brandon, WHL) 63-39-76-115 (1st=)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 54-42-43-85 (2nd=)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 61-37-43-80 (1st=)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) 46-32-33-65 (2nd=)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 53-13-26-39 (5th=)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 67-21-17-38 (7th-)
Matt Puempel (LW, Peterborough, OHL) 30-17-16-33 (injured)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Victoria, WHL) 69-3-17-20 (2nd=)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 49-24-30-54 (1st)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 26-5-8-13 (14th)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 47-1-6-7 (t-5th)
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 29-8-9-17 (9th)
Ryan Dzingel (C, CCHA-Ohio State) 33-7-17-24 (t-1st)*
Max McCormick (LW, CCHA-Ohio State) 27-10-12-22 (t-3rd)*
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 38-3-18-21 (1st=)
Bryce Aneloski (D, WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 38-6-14-20 (1st)*
Michael Sdao (D, ECAC-Princeton) 30-10-10-20 (1st)*
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 37-3-15-18 (t-1st+)
Jeff Costello (LW, CCHA-Notre Dame) 28-5-7-12 (9th)*
Brad Peltz (LW, ECAC-Yale) 9-1-0-1 (20th)*
I’ll take a look at each prospects performance throughout the 2011-12 season when all the regular seasons have wrapped up.
This article is written by Peter Levi, be sure to follow @eyeonthesens