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POSTED ON Monday, 17.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is Valentin Zykov...

There are always questions when a European player comes to North America and plays on the smaller ice. Valentin Zykov erased those questions very quickly.

When Zykov joined the Baie-Comeau Drakkar at the beginning of this season, not much was expected of him offensively. A year ago he recorded 11 points and 105 penalty minutes in 52 games with CSKA Moscow’s junior circuit team. As it turns out, the small ice may be just the thing Zykov needed to launch his stock. In his first QMJHL season, Zykov led all rookies in scoring with 40 goals and 35 assists, with another 10 goals and nine assists in 19 playoff games. His efforts earned him both QMJHL and CHL rookie of the year honours.

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POSTED ON Monday, 17.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is J.T. Compher...

In each draft class there a handful of can-do-it-all players and, in 2013, you’d be hard pressed to find a player who fits that mould better than J.T. Compher.

Compher was the captain of the US NTDP in 2012-13 and established himself as a key cog and clear leader of the team. In 21 USHL games this past season, Compher was a point-per-game player for the team, registering 24 in 21 games. He continued his solid play for the USA in the World U18 tournament where he put up three goals and four assists in seven games en route to a silver medal.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 15.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens Head Coach Paul MacLean made an appearance at Scotiabank Place on Saturday morning to meet with some local media and discuss his Jack Adams Award, which he won on Friday.

Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Friday, 14.06.2013 / 9:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With Paul MacLean and Daniel Alfredsson both winning awards on Friday night an outpouring of support has come from Sens players and fans. Sens owner Eugene Melnyk was one of the many who passed along his congratulations after the announcements.

Here’s what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Friday, 14.06.2013 / 5:50 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



In an announcement fit for the longest serving captain in the NHL, Daniel Alfredsson was named the winner of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award today.

The award is his second leadership-based award in two years after he captured the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2012.

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POSTED ON Friday, 14.06.2013 / 5:12 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Two years to the day after he was unveiled as head coach of the Ottawa Senators, Paul MacLean has been named the 2013 Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s coach of the year.

It was his second nomination in as many years and his first victory.

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POSTED ON Friday, 14.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is Chris Bigras...

As far as reliable, do-it-all defencemen go in this draft, one stand out is Chris Bigras of the Owen Sound Attack who spent the second half of his OHL season as a teammate of 2012 Sens first rounder Cody Ceci.

Bigras took great strides in his second year as a member of the Attack, doubling his point total from 19 in 49 games during his rookie year to 38 in 68 games as a sophomore as well as a pair of assists in 12 playoff games. He also played as a member of Canada’s U18 team, recording three assists from the blueline in seven games.

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POSTED ON Friday, 14.06.2013 / 12:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is Justin Bailey...

It hasn’t been an easy path to the draft for Justin Bailey, but if things go according to plan from here on out, he could stand to be one of the home runs from 2013.

At 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, Bailey had an up and down season with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, recording 36 points in 57 games over the course of his first campaign in Ontario. Prior to his stint with the Rangers, he played under Hall of Fame centre Pat LaFontaine as a member of the Long Island Royals. Bailey recorded 34 points in 22 games and helped the Royals win a national title and lived with LaFontaine during his time there. A two game stop with Indiana of the USHL also factored in for Bailey prior to settling on Kitchener over the NCAA route and Michigan State.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 13.06.2013 / 4:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



We’ve all been there during an intermission. We all know the song. The dream is always the same. Every person wants to drive a zamboni at some point in their life.

That dream is manifested tenfold when you may not be as familiar with the zamboni as others. The awe that comes with this rectangular prism on wheels is tough to explain, but it is very real. Need proof? Look no further than United States Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson.

Jacobson, who has held his post since 2009, once saw a man in Winnipeg driving a zamboni on a little rink. At that moment a dream was born. He wanted — nay, needed — to drive a zamboni. When he announced earlier this year that he would be departing the embassy in July, the Sens decided they’d help him realize it.

In a craftily manufactured prank, Sens president Cyril Leeder — with the help of Spartacat — broke the news that Jacobson wasn’t, in fact, at Scotiabank Place to speak to a group of kids. He was going to finally have his chance to drive a zamboni. What followed is best described as joy.

Take a look...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 13.06.2013 / 1:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With an influx of young and tenacious (dare I say #pesky?) scorers into the NHL in recent years, Artturi Lehkonen will be a player to keep an eye on from this year’s draft class.

He is on the smaller side at 5-foot-11, 159 pounds, but Lehkonen has that inherent ability to score. Playing against grown men in the SM-Liiga this season, he recorded 14 goals and 30 points in 45 games, despite his youth and physical disadvantage. He added three goals and four points in six games at the World Juniors for Finland in what was a disappointing tournament for the country as a whole.

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