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As the furthest thing from a scouting expert, I thank hfboards, hockeysfuture, russianprospects and the Senators official website for most information found below. If you disagree with my assessment, notice I have made a mistake, or have information to add, please feel free. I have not had the occasion to witness players from the WHL and some other leagues, so if you have first-hand experience with any of these prospects your insight would be highly appreciated. This is not meant to be an exhaustive evaluation but merely a brief introduction.



As September has finally rolled around, so begins the first of a constant stream of training and observation leading up to the selection of the Ottawa Senators final roster and, eventually, the beginning of the 2007-08 season. The first item on the docket is the 2007 rookie camp, which began today. Included in the camp is the 2007 Rookie Tournament in Kitchener, ON, against three other teams: Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the rookie tournament beginning Friday, it seems an appropriate time to present a introduction to the players expected to participate.

26 prospects are expected to participate, with only Cody Bass and Tomas Kudelka having previously participated in a Senators rookie camp before, back in 2005.

You'll likely notice a disproportionate amount of Kootenay Ice players invited on amateur tryouts. They have likely been invited on the advice of the new Binghamton Senators head coach Cory Clouston, who served as head coach of the Ice for a number of years and had been with the Kootenay organisation in some capacity since 1999. While none of them are particularly noteworthy prospects in my eyes, it will be interesting to see how proteges of Clouston perform and how much weight his recommendation carries.

Below are the prospects in alphabetical order. I will give a brief overview of their draft position, 2006-07 season, and a scout report. The statistics listed are for the most recent season and international tournaments (if applicable). Statistics read as follows - Games Played, Goals, Assists, Points, Penalty Minutes. Goaltenders statistics: Games Played, Wins, Losses, Ties/Shootout Losses (if applicable), Minutes Played, Goals Against, Shutouts, Goals Against Average.


#61 - Kevin Baker
Center - 5'11", 185 - March 27, 1987 - Etobicoke, ON
Undrafted, Nick Foligno's teammate in Sudbury has been invited to participate in the Senators training camp. The 20-year old centre was second only to Foligno in Sudbury scoring last season, his fourth season in the OHL. He led the team with 4 shorthanded goals, and also led the team with 7 shorties the previous season. Baker is of average size, and while he is a good skater, solid playmaker and dependable two-way player, he possesses no outstanding abilities.
Projection: cut
2006-07 Sudbury OHL 64 23 35 58 18
2006-07 Playoffs OHL 21 6 9 15 4
#58 - Cody Bass
Center - 6', 211 - Jan 7, 1987 - Owen Sound, ON
Drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 NHL entry draft, 95th overall, Bass is one of the Senators' more dependable prospects and by all observers is expected to make the team within a few years. He is projected as a centre similar in style, intensity and leadership to a Mike Fisher or Chris Kelly, two players he will have the opportunity to join in training camp and is very likely that Bass will supercede one of these players in a couple years' time. He is the most experienced of the Senators forward prospects, having already played 14 games in the AHL over the last two seasons. While Bass is not reputed as the most offensively gifted prospects, he can chip in his fair share of points. However, it is his defensive acumen and physical intensity that make him valuable. Bass is a premiere penalty killer and has received invitations to junior Team Canada tryouts for the rounded game he brings. Bass is reliable on faceoffs, skates well, and has a good head for the game in general.
Projection: Spends the season in the AHL. Could very likely serve as Bingo captain in a season or two before making the jump to the big time. He is one of the Senators prospects most likely to see full-time NHL action in his career.
2006-07 Mississauga OHL 23 5 11 16 37
2006-07 Saginaw OHL 30 5 24 29 49
2006-07 Playoffs OHL 6 1 2 3 10
2006-07 Binghamton AHL 5 0 2 2 9
#64 - Clayton Bauer
Left wing - 6', 203 - Jan 31, 1987 - Kelowna, BC
Similar to Kevin Baker, Bauer joins the rookie camp on an amateur tryout. He remains undrafted after four seasons in the WHL, splitting his last season between the Kelowna Rockets and the Kootenay Ice. The 20-year old left winger attended the Vancouver Canucks' rookie camp in 2006, but was cut. While he recorded career highs in goals and points with Kootenay in 2006, I cannot find enough information to make an assessment of his playing style or potential.
Projection: cut
2006-07 Kelowna WHL 2 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Kootenay WHL 68 24 28 52 90
2006-07 Playoffs 7 1 0 1 9

#68 - Curtis Billsten
Right wing - 6'3", 213 - Sept 10, 1986 - Calgary, AB
Another undrafted forward, 21-year old right winger Billsten is committed to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds men's hockey team, after four seasons in the WHL. 2006-07 was a banner year for Billsten, as he was named assistant captain for the Kootenay Ice, and recorded career highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. Billsten has a massive frame at 6'3", 213, but appears unlikely to pursue professional hockey at a high level at this point.
Projection: While his size and experience might make him most the most attractive prospect of the tryout players recommended by Clouston, as noted above he is committed to university next season and is therefore unlikely to be signed.
2006-07 Kootenay WHL 70 24 40 64 96
2006-07 Playoffs WHL 3 0 1 1 2
#35 - Ryan Daniels
Goaltender - 6'1", 195 - June 22, 1988 - Scarborough, ON
The Senators 5th round selection in 2006 (151st overall) has some familiarity with other Senators prospects, having attended the previous two development camps. The 19-year old has spent the past three seasons as goaltender for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL. He had a solid season in 06-07, dramatically improving his statistics from his first two years, dropping his GAA by over a full goal per game. He was the full-time starting goaltender for Saginaw and his minutes played reflected it. Additionally, he was named OHL goaltender of the month twice last season. Daniels' strength is his positional play, but he also has quick reaction and good instincts. He has a strong glove and is generally technically sound.
Projection: Daniels will very likely return to Saginaw for a fourth a final season. Binghamton is set in net with Brian Elliott, and Jeff Glass will likely be given one last opportunity to at least backup Elliott, if not platoon. There is no room for Daniels and it would be unfit for his development to have him wasting away as a third string goaltender in the AHL when he is set to get plenty of action in the OHL. Long-term, Daniels does not likely fit into the Senators' plans with Emery still young at 24 and Elliott having first-dibs on earning a backup position in the future. However the development of goaltenders is unpredictable and Daniels could find his way up the Senators' depth chart with consistently strong play.
2006-07 Saginaw OHL 60 38 18 3 3,553 174 2 2.94
2006-07 Playoffs OHL 4 1 3 239 13 0 3.26

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#67 - Steven DaSilva
Right wing - 6', 195 - Feb 10, 1987 - Saskatoon, SK

DaSilva had a breakout year in 2006-07 with the Kootenay Ice, recording 91 points and finishing second in the WHL scoring race, ahead of junior stars such as Zach Boychuk, Martin Hanzal and Peter Mueller, and behind only Zach Hamill. He led his team in every major statistical category, including goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. He is an intruiging prospect but went undrafted.
Projection: one of the most likely prospects on tryout to be offered an AHL contract.

2006-07 Kootenay Ice WHL 71 38 53 91 108
2006-07 Playoffs WHL 7 5 5 10 16

#56 - Kaspars Daugavins
Left wing - 5'11" 205 - May 18, 1988 - Riga, Latvia
One of the Senators most exciting prospects, Daugavins was drafted in the 3rd round in 2006 (91st overall), and spent the 2006-07 season with the St. Michael's Majors of the OHL. He joined the Binghamton Senators late in the season after St. Mike's had been eliminated from the playoffs, playing 11 games. Daugavins has substantial international experience, having represented Latvia in 5 tournaments over the past two seasons, including two World Junior Championships and two World Championships, a rarity for a player of his age. Stunningly, 18-year old Daugavins recorded 3 goals and 3 assists in the 2007 World Championships, playing against men over ten years his senior, from far stronger teams. He scored nearly a point per game playing as a rookie for a dismal St. Mike's club, and scored 2 goals for Binghamton later in the season. He was named to the OHL rookie first all-star team. Daugavins' best assets are his speed, skating ability, and playmaking ability. He has remarkable vision and an ability to anticipate the play. Daugavins has held his own at all levels, against peers and older players (in the AHL and WC). He is an extremely driven and determined player who doesn't coast on talent alone.
Projection: Will likely play in Binghamton last year as his play last season earned him the position, and while he is eligible to return to the OHL, it is unlikely he will do so. Daugavins appears to be one of the few forwards in the Senators prospect pool with top six potential, and as such will be given every opportunity to succeed.
2006-07 St. Michael’s Majors OHL 61 18 42 60 64
2006-07 Binghamton AHL 11 2 0 2 9
2006-07 Latvia WJC-U20 5 3 7 10 2
2006-07 Latvia WC 6 3 3 6 0
#41 - Tyler Donati
Right wing - 5'10", 190 - Oct 17, 1986 - Toronto, ON
Recently signed to a one-year AHL contract, Donati had a spectacular season with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, finishing 3rd in the league in goals and 4th in points, behind only Patrick Kane, John Tavares (Kane was selected 1st overall in 2007; Tavares will be selected likewise 2009), and Sergei Kostitsyn - not bad company. In addition, he was named to the OHL's second all-star team, was named the top overaged player of the OHL, and participated in the OHL all-star game. Donati went undrafted, likely because of his lack of size, though with players like Martin St. Louis and Daniel Briere tearing up the league, it hardly seems an impediment this day and age. However, his remarkable season came as a 20-year old playing against kids as much as 3 or 4 years younger. Donati lacks the two-way play that would make him a likely candidate to make the big team (his AHL-only contract doesn't help matters either).
Projection: Donati is expected to make the Binghamton roster, quite possibly on a scoring line if he impresses in camp. Unlikely many of the undrafted invitees, Donati is not on a tryout and has already been signed to a contract, meaning he fits into the Binghamton Senators' plans for the next season in the eyes of General Manager Tim Murray.
2006-07 Belleville OHL 66 54 75 129 52
2006-07 Playoffs OHL 15 6 20 26 4
#30 - Brian Elliott
Goaltender - 6'2", 206 - April 9, 1985 - Newmarket, ON
Drafted in the 9th round (291st overall) of the 2003 draft, Elliott has been a slow burner but thanks to his remarkable last couple years in the CCHA, has vaulted up the Senators depth chart and is likely their top goaltending prospect at the moment. Elliott spent the full four years at the University of Wisconsin, in one of America's top hockey programmes. Coincidentally, Elliott was coached by Mike Eaves, father of Senators forward Patrick Eaves.

While his 2006-07 numbers weren't as remarkable as his record setting stats in 05-06, Elliott finished his University career with a 1.78 GAA, .931 save percentage, with 16 shutouts. Remarkably, these statistics put him in the top 6 for all-time goaltending statistics in WCHA history. Elliott collected an impressive amount of hardware, including WCHA goaltending champion two years in a row, being named a first-team All-American, NCAA Midwest Most Oustanding Player, being named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament team, and being a finalist for the Hobey Baker award as most oustanding player in collegiate hockey (all in 2005). He has some experience in Binghamton, having played 8 games with the club after his university career was completed in 2007.

Elliott is a tremendous technical goaltender, but also possesses outstanding athletic ability and huge size that allows him to cover a significant portion of the net, with the reflexes to quickly reach the areas his massive frame doesn't cover. He shows great composure in pressure-filled situations, and appears to have a solid head for the game. He has trouble with rebound control and reading the play in scramble-type situations with heavy traffic, however his keen eye and steadiness can probably help him improve in this area. His heart is in the game and it shows when he plays. Elliott should have some familiarity with other Senators prospects and players, having participated in three development camps with the team.

Projection: Elliott has made a career of exceeding expectations. He could very well supercede Jeff Glass as the Binghamton Senators starting goaltender by the time the 2007-08 season begins. It also wouldn't be a shock to see Elliott backing up Emery at the NHL level in two or three years time, though projecting the role of a goaltender is as unpredictable as anything. Still, Elliott's technical proficiency speaks well to his ability to translate his game to the NHL level.
2006-07 U. Wisconsin WCHA 36 15 17 2 2,053 72 5 2.10
2006-07 Binghamton AHL 8 3 4 0 425 30 0 4.24

#62 - Garrett Festerling
Centre - 5'9", 183 - March 3, 1986 - Quesnel, BC
A diminutive centre, Festerling is yet another undrafted player invited on a tryout to the Senators rookie camp. He lead the Regina Pats in points, and finished in the top 20 of WHL scoring. The 21-year old has an adequate offensive skillset but his size looks to be a serious impediment to any NHL aspirations. Garrett is the brother of former Vancouver Giants captain and current Anaheim Ducks property, blueliner Brett Festerling.
Projection: cut
2006-07 Regina WHL 67 22 51 73 46
2006-07 Playoffs WHL 10 5 7 12 16
2006-07 Oklahoma City (Playoffs) CHL 1 0 0 0 0

#71 - Nick Foligno
Centre - 6', 204 - Oct 31, 1987 - Buffalo, NY

Drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft (28th overall), Foligno is in the eyes of many observers, the top Senators prospect. I personally rank him around #3-4, with Hennessy, Lee, Zubov and Daugavins in the same range. The son of former NHLer Mike Foligno (who was also his coach in Sudbury), improved upon his excellent draft year in 2006-07. He lead the Sudbury Wolves in scoring for the second straight season and played a huge roll in his team's visit to the OHL Finals, also leading his team in playoff scoring. He served as Assistant Captain for the Wolves and played in the OHL all-star game.

Foligno is a heart and soul centre in the same vein as Mike Fisher (who, coincidentally, also spent his junior career with the Wolves). Foligno is strong on the forecheck and crashes the net with abandon. He doesn't avoid corners and plays a very prototypical "North American" game. He is a strong physical player even if he needs to add considerable bulk to his average frame. While he needs to improve on his consistency both in effort and execution, Foligno likely has the offensive tools to fight for a top six spot in the future, and certainly has the physical elements which will make him a valuable bottom-six player even if his offensive game does not translate at the NHL level. Still, he needs considerable work on his defensive game and as such time in the AHL is most likely a requirement at this point, before he joins a team like the Senators that relies on the defensive contributions of all of its players.

Foligno has shown a dogged determination to make the Senators roster in 2007. While it is unlikely he will do so as a full-time roster member simply because of the Senators depth, and his inexperience at the highest level, Foligno's determination is admirable and will likely result in a role as an injury call-up should his effort remain consistent. His father was an NHLer and Foligno's long-time coach and this should speak to good bloodlines; however, it will interesting to see how the younger Foligno performs without the guidance (or perhaps helping hand) of his father.

Projection: Foligno still has a year of junior eligibility, but it is unlikely he will return. The most likely scenario is a first or second line spot in Binghamton, with opportunity to serve as an injury callup should his play dictate it. Foligno still needs to bulk up considerably and there is no rush to get him into the Senators lineup, much as he may desire it.
2006-07 Sudbury OHL 66 31 57 88 135
2006-07 Playoffs OHL 21 12 17 29 36
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Great read!

I have higher expectations of Kevin Baker. He's not a world-beater by any means, but he can get the job done. That being said, Binghamton doesn't have much room for another forward.

Are you going to Kitchener to watch the tournament?

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Nice read, almost hockey season.

I like Daniels, I watched him a few times last season, looked sharp. Goalies are funny though, anyone could just take off in development. I hope he has a great season and establishes himself as a future Sen.

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Great read!

I have higher expectations of Kevin Baker. He's not a world-beater by any means, but he can get the job done. That being said, Binghamton doesn't have much room for another forward.

Are you going to Kitchener to watch the tournament?
Thanks.

Baker was good for me in EHM . My projection of him not working out with the Senators was mostly because of depth reasons as you indicated. The organisation will be more eager to make room for their signed prospects, even if they're of lesser value at present than Baker. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if he performs well enough to get an AHL contract, I just don't expect it to happen.

I won't be able to go to Kitchener because I'm working, which is unfortunate. I spend the whole summer waiting around for anything Senators-related to happen, and the moment the action starts I can't make time for any of it. Such is life.

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I like Daniels, I watched him a few times last season, looked sharp. Goalies are funny though, anyone could just take off in development. I hope he has a great season and establishes himself as a future Sen.
Exactly, it's very easy to say he won't fit into the Senators future plans but he could, all of nowhere, vault up the depth chart as the Senators #1 prospect; he could just as easily burn out and never be heard from again. It's no wonder most of the league's starting goaltenders come from the mid-rounds or later, there's just no predicting with that position unless you're a generational talent. And even then...

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Nick Foligno looks crazy

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Nick Foligno looks crazy
He looks freakishly insane lol

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He looks freakishly insane lol
I'd say he looks more like a cannibal. Definetely looks to be thinking "Thems looks tasty, can I git'em Pa? Can I?". The teeth really finish the look. That being said he does look like a loveable cannibal.

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I've always said the Sens are just a cannibal away from winning it all. Puts a whole new spin on "feasting on your opponents".

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Thanks for doing this, I've got high hopes for tyler donati,

Regarding Foligno - He's no fashion model hahah
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Good read. I wish I could go watch the tournament. I just came back from Waterloo to start my co-op term.

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#65 - Brett Gallant
Left wing - 5'11", 175 - Dec 28, 1988 - Summerside, PEI

The 18-year old left winger for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL went undrafted and is attending the rookie camp on an amateur tryout. Despite his average height and low weight, Gallant served as the Sea Dogs' enforcer over the past two seasons. Spending his time on the fourth line, he lead his team in penalty minutes in 2006-07 and finished second in the league in that category. Gallant had a remarkable 30 fights in just 48 games last season. While no one will mistake Gallant for a scorer (he has just 7 points in his junior career), it is possible that his fighting skills could draw the attention of Clouston and Tim Murray. However, his unimpressive size makes it unlikely that his career will continue at a higher level. He lacks the size to be a true enforcer and lacks the offensive skills to be an agitator in the vein of a Sean Avery or Chris Neil. However, he is also the youngest player at camp (now that Jim O'Brien is not attending), and should be judged accordingly.
Projection: cut
2006-07 Saint John QMJHL 48 5 1 6 192

#60 - Michael Grenzy
Defense - 6'3", 206 - Feb 6, 1984 - Lockport, NY
Though he was selected in the 9th round of the 2003 draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Grenzy was unsigned by them and arrives at the Senators camp on an amateur tryout. The 23-year old just completed a full four years at Clarkson University. While he didn't have the banner offensive year in 06-07 he did in 05-06 (when he lead the defense corps in points), Grenzy had a solid all-around senior year. Grenzy possesses great size and uses it well, however he has also developed into a smooth skater and strong positional player. He has shown great improvement through his college career but at this point does not project to be an NHL-calibre player at any point. Grenzy quarterbacked Clarkson's power play, but did not put up outstanding numbers while doing so.
Projection:Wwhile he does have an outside shot at earning an AHL contract based on his size and experience, Binghamton already has substantial depth at defense with recent signings, and it is unlikely Grenzy would be able to put his offensive skills to good use as he would likely not see power play time. However, his physical tools are valuable and Binghamton might see a use for Grenzy as a 5th or 6th defenseman.
2006-07 Clarkson ECAC 30 2 12 14 12

#49 - Chaz Johnson
Right wing - 6'1", 210 - Jan 30, 1984 - Montreal

The 23-year old Johnson joins the Senators camp on a professional tryout, after having spent most of the last two seasons with Rockford of the UHL. He also received brief playing time in the AHL on tryouts with Milwaukee and Rochester. Johnson joined Rockford after going undrafted after four seasons in the QMJHL with Rimouski, Val D'Or and Drummondville. Johnson was a relentless agitator in the UHL, racking up 361 penalty minutes in 111 games over two seasons. Humourously, his 248 PIM season in 05-06 was only good for third on his Rockford team. In 17 games in the AHL, he recorded 2 goals and 25 PIM. He has a few fights on his record and seems willing to go toe-to-toe when challenged, but doesn't appear to search for a scrap.
Projection: could possibly sign a contract with Binghamton as he has some AHL experience, however his skills seem to be better replicated by others already in the Senators system. It is unlikely he fits into the team's plans, and will likely be cut.
2006-07 Rockford UHL 45 14 12 26 113
2006-07 Playoffs UHL 17 6 9 15 16
2006-07 Milwaukee AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Rochester AHL 8 1 0 1 13

#57 - Mattias Karlsson
Defense - 6'3", 228 - April 15, 1985 - Stora, Sweden

The 22-year old defender was selected in the fourth round of the 2003 draft (135th overall). He has not played in North America yet (having spent his whole career so far in his native Sweden), however he has attended the past three Senators development camps. For the first time, Karlsson spent the entirety of the 2006-07 season in the Swedish Elite League, with Bofors IK. He had his best season in 06-07 and recorded career highs in goals and points by a significant margin in addition to leading his team in points as a defenseman, an appauldable feat as it was his first full season in the SEL. While Karlsson has been working on his physical game, his strength remains his offensive play. He has good passing skills, a hard shot and is a strong skater.
Projection: Karlsson will likely start the season in Binghamton as a #5-6 defender, but should receive second unit power play time, or better if his play dictates it. He isn't likely to challenge for an NHL spot for a number of seasons.
2006-07 Bofors Sweden 44 11 21 32 34

#59 - Tomas Kudelka
Defense - 6'3", 198 - March 10, 1987 - Gottwaldov, Czech Republic

Selected in the 5th round of the 2005 draft (136th overall), Kudelka is one of the Senators more experienced prospects, despite his relatively young age. He has 16 games of AHL experience over the past two seasons, and has competed in the World Junior Championships in each of the past two seasons, in addition to playing in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and competing in the Czech Extraliga as a 17 year old. Kudelka is likely the Senators #2 or #3 defensive prospect, only clearly behind Brian Lee. Kudelka was a key member of a poor Hurricanes team in 06-07 and developed his skills tremendously thanks to the significant role he played.

Kudelka is a strong all-around player, with no significant weaknesses (though his decision-making needs work, it should improve with experience). He is a strong, fast skater, with great offensive ability as both a passer and shooter. Though he could stand to add weight to his 6'3" frame, he uses his size well. He is strong positionally in his own end, but as already mentioned he needs to work on his decision making.

Projection: Kudelka will most certainly start in Binghamton this season, and could very well play a key role on the first power play unit with Brian Lee. He is still a number of years away from the NHL, and likely won't see time as an injury call-up because of the Senators depth on defense (Nycholat, Richardson and Lee will all see time before him, and Senators GM Bryan Murray is reportedly still interested in signing another depth defenseman). However, he is a strong prospect and will likely be a regular NHL rearguard eventually.
2006-07 Lethbridge WHL 59 14 27 41 74
Czech Republic WJC-U20 6 1 2 3 6
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#55 - Brian Lee
Defense - 6'2", 208 - March 26, 1987 - Fargo, ND

The Senators highest pick since they selected Jason Spezza 2nd overall in 2001, Lee fell into the Senators hands at 9th overall in 2005 thanks to a lottery. Knowing the Senators could well risk losing both Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden in the coming years, former GM John Muckler envisioned Lee would develop into a replacement for the latter player, though Muckler admitted Lee would be a project. While on paper Lee did not have the sophomore season at the University of North Dakota that observers may have wished for, especially following his solid freshman debut, he improved with much-needed strength training and focused on improving his play in his own end. While his statistical production was comparable with his 05-06 season, Lee emerged from 06-07 a much more rounded defenseman. He represented the United States in the World Junior tournament for the second straight season, and though he failed to log a point, he did help his team earn a bronze medal. Lee signed an entry-level contract with the Senators in the summer of 2007, forgoing the rest of his college eligibility.

At the time of his drafting, Lee was projected to be a player in the mold of a Wade Redden or, to the particularly flattering observers, Brian Leetch. While he remains an offense-first defenseman, understandable considering his great transition skills, smooth stride, stellar puckhandling and enviable hockey sense, as mentioned he has begun to round out his game, an adapation that should only continue at the professional level. While he has shown great dedication over the past year bulking up his frame, he is still not a physical defenseman, and, much in the vein of former Senator Tom Preissing, appears eager to eschew that part of the game completely. What he lacks in physicality he makes up for in smarts and dedication to his own development. Lee is also truly underrated in his own zone.

Projection: If Lee isn't Binghamton's #1 defenseman by the first puck drop, he will be by the last. While Lee is still not ready for the NHL, he should log huge minutes in Binghamton in all three situations. Ideally Luke Richardson can serve as a mentor of sorts; if not, Lee should get some limited time as an injury call-up that will give him a taste of the NHL. He might be ready for the NHL in 08-09, but I wouldn't expect him to really come into his own until the following season. While the Senators have a number of defenseman who have made the NHL at extremely young ages (Redden, Phillips, Meszaros), it is unreasonable and likely detrimental to his development to expect Lee to make the same jump, despite his draft position.
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Kudos Moz, for an excellent read!

I am now officially excited about the start of camp.

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Wow, that's one heck of a write-up moz!

Brian Lee looks like my brother OMG. That's not a good thing - my brother is tall, blonde, and skinny too, but he's not playing hockey. Lee looks like he needs to add some more muscle still, at least just looking at that pic.

Sorry, you write all that and I comment on a pic.

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Baker is of average size, and while he is a good skater, solid playmaker and dependable two-way player, he possesses no outstanding abilities.
Josh Hennessy's little brother?

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Wow, that's one heck of a write-up moz!

Brian Lee looks like my brother OMG. That's not a good thing - my brother is tall, blonde, and skinny too, but he's not playing hockey. Lee looks like he needs to add some more muscle still, at least just looking at that pic.

Sorry, you write all that and I comment on a pic.
That pic is from a while ago, when he was drafted in 05. He's bulked up a bit since then.

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