8:26 of ice time and 2 SOG. Hopefully he gets a few more games. Sometimes teams get into a routine of the same 1 or 2 players being called up and sent down week after week. Why not give someone else a chance to earn a job for a change.
As was mentioned earlier by some, Daugavins is not NHL caliber. Are there not many players dotting NHL rosters who are not NHL caliber? And how many of those are players who know they'll never be sent down and have been floating all season.
A team comprised of 20 AHL'ers(not future sure fire NHL'er but some long time AHL veterans and a few younger likely to be career AHL'ers brought together could probably kick the ***** of a few so called NHL teams right now. I'm a big believer of giving guys a chance to see what they can do. Especially if your high priced NHL'ers are wetting the bed night after night! IMO!
A few thoughts from Clouston about the call-up from faceoff.com:
Life is unforgiving when a team is struggling.
Martin St. Pierre knows the feeling. He might be having an excellent season in Binghamton, but he didn't produce so much as a shot in his three games with the Senators.
So he was shipped back to Binghamton and left-winger Kaspars Daugavins was called up to play his first game against the Rangers. Daugavins, taken 91st overall by Ottawa in the 2006 draft, hadn't even played an exhibition game in the NHL before Thursday.
Coach Cory Clouston said Daugavins will be a better fit with Zack Smith and Shean Donovan on the fourth line.
"He's a strong guy down low," Clouston said.
"He's very competitive, real good with the puck on the cycle and crashing the net, and his speed has improved a lot over the last year and a half.
"I think him and Zack and Shean should really complement each other.
"Offensively, I didn't think we saw enough out of Martin to warrant another opportunity and Kaspar deserves to be up here right now."
Daugavins, 21, was trying to control his nervousness.
"It's a big chance to show my game," he said. "I want to feel what NHL hockey is like."
Daugavins talked to his parents at home in Latvia on Wednesday.
"They were pretty happy and wished me luck, and said, 'Just do your best. It might be the only chance. You never know, so you have to use it now,'" he said.
Daugavins, 5-11 and 213 pounds, will represent Latvia at the Vancouver Olympics.
"It's an honour to play for your country," he said. "I was really happy about that, and hopefully we can do well against the big teams.
"It's a good chance to show your stuff, too, because in the Olympics you play against NHL players."
He looked slow and his effort level sagged at times almost to the point where he appeared out of shape, end of shift stuff. Kept it simple though and was more noticeable than MSP.
He said in a Latvian interview this morning that the main thing he learned playing the first game is that he has to work on his conditioning (which is no surprise to anyone who's payed attention to him the last few years). I think he's always been able to get away with the minimum since he was St. Mike's top scorer for so long. He kinda slacked off in the gym there, much to the dismay of Dave Cameron. Then again a lot of HOF players are notorious for not being able to do ten push-ups and still having stories careers, but most of them were goalies.
A lot of the time when he appears to be floating though he's just reading the play. Sometimes it's better to look at what's happening and be in the right position than to over skate, get winded and still be in the wrong place. The fact that he had more shots on goal in one game than MSP did in three speaks to that.
Originally Posted by jmor
Should be a point a game in the AHL next year with a few NHL callups.
Well, if you take out the first dozen games or so where he went pointless playing on the fourth line right after coming back from shoulder surgery (with no pre-season), he's been pretty much a point per game since then already.