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Player Spotlight: Jared Cowen

Wednesday, 08.29.2012 / 11:04 AM ET / Features
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Player Spotlight: Jared Cowen

(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).

JARED COWEN

2011-12 stats: 82 GP, 5 G, 12 A, 17 PTS, 56 PIM, -4 rating

Last season: In his first full season in the NHL, the 21-year-old Saskatchewan native carved out a regular role for himself on the Senators blue line. At 6-5 and 230 pounds, the Senators' top pick (ninth overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft provided a physical, stay-at-home presence while chipping in offensively on occasion. In a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 16, Cowen became the first defenceman in franchise history to record four points and a +4 rating in a single game. He also took part in all 82 regular-season games, one of only three Senators to do so (Colin Greening and Nick Foligno were the others).

The highlight: Cowen isn't known as much for his offensive ability, but the big blueliner stepped up in a major way in that area on the night of Dec. 13 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Fellow Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson found Cowen alone in the slot in the opening minute of overtime, and he redirected the feed past Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller for the game-winner in a 3-2 Ottawa victory.

Looking forward: The Senators clearly see Cowen as a big part — literally and figuratively — of their blue line for years to come. It's fair to suggest that he and James Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson figure to be two major cornerstones on defence for the foreseeable future. In his final season of junior hockey with the WHL's Spokane Chiefs, Cowen produced 18 goals and 48 points in 58 games, so there is clearly some potential for him to bring more offence to the lineup sometime in the future.

Quote: "I just want to get back, take a step forward and become more of a reliable player. That’s what I want, that’s what I’ve been before in my career and I don’t see why now would be any different. I want to be a big part of the team and hopefully, they realize that, too."

SCHEDULE

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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 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
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 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48