Linus Arnesson, a 6-foot-2, 190 pound defender currently playing for Djurgarden of the Swedish Allsvenskan division kicks off our draft profiles today.
As an 18-year-old, Arnesson is best described as “steady.” He is seen as a good (but not great) skater. He has good (but not great) size. He can move the puck up ice but doesn’t put up notable numbers offensively. He is a quintessential do-the-little-things type of defenceman. He gets the job done with smart, straightforward play.
The internet is littered with cute things (looking at you, kitten videos) and occasionally you'll see the world of sport spill over the line into that realm. Today, Daniel Alfredsson took part in some adorable activity.
With the City of Ottawa launching a program to help promote healthy and active lifestyles in children, the Sens captain stopped by to play a little noodle hockey with a group of kids. He also spoke with some local media in attendance. By the looks of things it was a spirited match bolstered by the veteran savvy and poise of the NHL's longest serving captain.
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It’s the second consecutive Memorable Monday of the summer to profile a Swedish rookie’s first NHL goal. Last week we reviewed Jakob Silfverberg’s first and today we’re going to be taking a look at Mika Zibanejad’s first career tally at the NHL level.
With the injury to Jason Spezza creating a hole in the Sens lineup, Zibanejad — Ottawa’s first pick in the 2011 Entry Draft — got the call to join the big club. In his first game against the Washington Capitals he was named the first star for a solid debut and efforts that yielded an assist. While it would have been easy to suggest he couldn’t top that first game, he found a way, using his second game to get a major career milestone out of the way.
Taking a power play shift between Jakob Silfverberg and Colin Greening, Zibanejad set up camp at the top of the circle to Habs goalie Peter Budaj’s right side. After taking a drop pass from Greening, Zibanejad walked in, wound up and blasted a shot underneath Montreal’s Alexei Emelin, which generated a big bounce that found the top shelf. A big shot coupled with screens from Emelin and Silfverberg meant Budaj had no chance and Zibanejad had a puck to mount on his wall.
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The Ottawa Senators juggernaut squads of the early 2000s were built through the draft and a recurring NHL.com feature has given them props for the best 26th pick of all-time.
Martin Havlat, Sens forward from 2000-2006, was taken with the 26th overall pick in 1999 and was voted with as the best player to be taken at that spot in the history of the Entry Draft by an NHL.com panel. Havlat recorded 235 points in 298 games with the Sens and added another 34 points in the post-season.
The Sens had great success drafting Europeans to that point in time and Havlat became more of the same. Here's the NHL.com breakdown...
The big news in the NHL on Tuesday was steps taken by the NHLPA to bring the league closer to mandatory visors along with a handful of other changes. The rule changes are awaiting NHL Board of Governor and NHLPA Executive Board approval.
The visor rule would come into effect in 2013-14, if approved.
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Goal-scoring or, perhaps more accurately a lack thereof, was a common theme of this 2013 season for the Sens.
The Sens had the lowest goal output of any playoff-bound team in the NHL this season at 116, tied with the Colorado Avalanche for the fourth lowest total in the NHL. The Avs, and the three teams below the Sens (New Jersey, Florida and Nashville), were all lottery teams and will draft in the top-10 of June’s draft.
Ottawa’s leg up on the competition, as we all now know, was their stellar goaltending. The Sens gave up a paltry 104 goals against, the second lowest number in the NHL. The only team to give up fewer goals was the Presidents Trophy winning Chicago Blackhawks. Good company to be in.
A famous phrase, emphatically repeated each year, reminds you that defence wins championships. It also makes the difference between bottom-feeders and playoff squads. Only one team in the NHL, the Minnesota Wild, made the playoffs with a negative goal differential, the New York Islanders had an even goal differential and the Columbus Blue Jackets were the lone NHL team to miss the playoffs with a positive goal differential.
Goal differential is a two-part process: 1) Scoring and 2) Stopping the other guys from scoring. The Sens were much more effective at the latter in 2013.
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We’re in the offseason, which means we finally have time to look back on the whirling dervish that was the 2013 season. As far as 58 games in the span of five months goes, you’d be hard pressed to find a lull at any point over the course of the season.
As such, we’re going to be taking a look back on the season with its best moments starting from the beginning. Come along...
Regular Season Game 2: vs. Florida
There were plenty of exciting young players in the Sens lineup to start this season, but given that nobody had any idea what was coming down the road, a fair amount of attention was affixed to Jakob Silfverberg. The 22-year-old Swede had played a pair of games in the 2012 playoffs after being named the Elitserien MVP, being named the Elitserien Playoffs MVP, captaining Brynas and breaking Daniel Alfredsson’s (!) playoff goal record.
While he ultimately was joined by plenty of other fresh faces, he got his season off to a great start thanks to some good puck play in the Panthers’ zone, a nice pass from Jason Spezza and a quick release that fooled Jose Theodore.
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With the NHL Scouting Combine in the books, we now have a better idea of who stood out as far as physical specimens go among the current draft crop.
It’s worth repeating that these don’t quite hold the same function of an event like the NFL combine which can have a massive impact on a player’s draft stock. The NHL scouting combine is stocked with 18-year-old kids who have just completed full seasons with not much of a break to recover and regain strength. Players who went on very deep (Memorial Cup) runs sat out, for the most part, for that very reason.
Many will recall Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers posted underwhelming numbers in his combine testing one week after winning a Memorial Cup with the Saint John Sea Dogs. Things have worked out just fine for him one year into his career as a Calder Trophy finalist.
At the very least, these numbers are a fun talking point. At the most, they’re an eye-opening moment for players who perhaps hadn’t had an opportunity to show off their physical ability to its fullest in their situation.
Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves accordingly.
Here are the top five finishes in each physical test:
Sens fans in the London, Ont., area come early September will get the first chance to see the team's rookies out in full force.
Four NHL teams will converge on Budweiser Gardens in London from Sept. 5-8 for a rookie tournament with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. Each team will play three games over the four days. Friday Sept. 6 will be a practice day for each of the squads.
The Sens will play their games at the following times: