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Player Spotlight: Colin Greening

Tuesday, 08.28.2012 / 10:52 AM ET / Features
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Player Spotlight: Colin Greening

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

COLIN GREENING

2011-12 stats: 82 GP, 17 G, 20 A, 37 PTS, 46 PIM, -4 rating

Last season: In his first full NHL season, Greening made an immediate impact as a power forward. Playing mostly on a line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, the native of St. John's, N.L., fell just shy of being a 20-goal scorer, with the promise of more production to come in the years ahead. Greening ranked seventh among all NHL rookies in scoring and finished in a tie for fourth among all first-year players with four power-play goals. As well, the 6-3, 212-pound winger was one of only three Senators to suit up for all 82 games (Jared Cowen and Nick Foligno were the others). He supplied a big physical presence for the Senators every night.

The highlight: Without a doubt, it was being a part of the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa. Greening was one of 12 rookies selected to take part in the Molson Canadian All-Star Skills Competition. As part of Team Chara, he recorded the fastest lap time (12.963 seconds) during the Bridgestone Fastest Skater event. Greening reached the final, where he was edged out by Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers.

Looking forward: At 26 years old, Greening seems on the verge of beginning to enter his prime as an NHL player. His combination of size, speed and smarts, along with a willingness to wreak havoc in front of the net, should make him an offensive threat for years to come. He's also capable of playing anywhere in the lineup, from the first line to the fourth, and can be effective in a variety of roles.

Quote: "I was certainly very honoured to be in the all-star (weekend). I couldn't have expected that. To be on a line with Michalek and Spezza for most of the season was great, and to also spend time playing with Alfie (Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson) ... they're great players. I don't want to say I was surprised by any of it, but there were some interesting sights along the path."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49