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Player Spotlight: Jared Cowen

Wednesday, 29.08.2012 / 11:04 AM / Features
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(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."

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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