Player News - Senators

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Per the Ottawa Senators, Clarke MacArthur has again been diagnosed with a concussion.

MacArthur missed all but four games due to a concussion in 2015-16, so this is no doubt terrible news for him and the team. Patrick Sieloff nailed MacArthur with a hit during a scrimmage, which insighted a fight between him and Bobby Ryan in response. Clearly this does not bode well for MacArthur, but nothing outside of the diagnosis has been give yet. More to come.
Sep 25 - 12:56 PM

Clarke MacArthur had to be helped off the ice from Sunday's Senators scrimmage after being hit by Patrick Sieloff.

MacArthur is trying to make his way back from a lost season due to a concussion, he played just four games in 2015-16. While we don't have any word on the fallout of the hit, the picture in the link below, combined with his history, does not seem to bode well.
Sep 25 - 12:06 PM

The Senators will look give Mike Hoffman a long look on a line with Kyle Turris and Mark Stone this season.

It could very well be the Senators' top unit once the season starts, provided Stone is over his concussion. Hoffman had a breakout season in 2015-16 with 59 points in 78 games. If he skates on the Sens' top line and gets ample power-play ice time, which he should garner, Hoffman will be a good candidate to repeat his level of production this campaign.
Sep 25 - 9:46 AM

Look for Kyle Turris to rebound in 2016-17.

Turris played through a number of injuries last season before finally being shut down due to a high ankle sprain. The injuries greatly contributed to his 30-point, 57-game campaign. Now completely healthy, Turris is poised to return to his 2014-15 level of production (64 points) especially with Derick Brassard around to take some of the offensive heat off of him.
Sep 25 - 9:37 AM

Mark Stone has been diagnosed with a concussion by the Senators.

No word yet on the severity, or even how he suffered the concussion. Either way, that's a tough way to kick off training camp with. Stone has scored 49 goals and 125 points over the last two seasons while missing just nine games, so we'd draft him confidently even if he misses a bit of time in October.
Sep 24 - 12:40 PM

Bobby Ryan had an emotional off-season.

He became a father for the first time and lost his mother to a sudden illness. Ryan is excited to get back to playing hockey again and he is looking forward to playing alongside new addition Derick Brassard this year. He likes the idea of having a left-handed center to set him up on his forehand.
Sep 23 - 8:59 AM

Zack Smith is ready to resume his checking, shutdown role with the Senators in 2016-17.

"That's where I want to be and if there needs to be a spot filled in on the top six, I think I've shown that I can fill in there," said Smith. He gained a great deal of confidence last season when he was given a chance to move up the depth chart due to injuries to Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris. If he gets that opportunity again then he could be worth looking at, but going into the season he shouldn't be on your radar.
Sep 20 - 11:11 AM

Nick Paul was Ottawa's best player at last week's three-game rookie tournament, according to coach Kurt Kleinendorst.

He finished the weekend with two goals in a 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. Paul has received a boost in confidence going into training camp and he is hopeful that it will help him stay with the Ottawa Senators. "Just do the same things I did here, give it everything I can, leave it all out there and let the coaches decide," Paul said.
Sep 19 - 10:54 AM

Thomas Chabot bounced back in last week's rookie tournament after he struggled during development camp in the summer.

"That's what we wanted to see," assistant GM Randy Lee said. "He's a real take charge guy out there." Chabot was poised with the puck and will look to impress the team's brass at training camp. The 18th overall pick in 2015 is hoping to challenge for a roster spot.
Sep 19 - 10:49 AM

Chris Driedger looked solid in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins rookies.

Driedger was named the first star in the win. "I thought we kept the shots, mostly, to the outside," he said. "There were a few that got to the middle, but that’s to be expected. It’s the second time, ever, that this team has been together."The 22-year-old had a solid season in the AHL last year and it led to him seeing some action at the NHL level. Expect him to spend most of the upcoming season in the AHL.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 18 - 11:59 AM

Logan Brown says being around NHL players and facilities has taught him a lot this summer.

"Just being in an NHL situation, training with NHL players, staying (in the gym) at Canadian Tire Centre, getting to use everything a pro gets to use," Brown said. "That was huge for me this summer. I made a lot of big improvements." One of the players he trained with was veteran forward Chris Neil. "The kid wants to get better, there’s a reason why he was a first-round pick," Neil said. "He shows up to the gym every day, ready to work. And he’s respectful. As an older player, you pick up on that. Are you there to work or are you there just to get by?" The 6-foot-6, 222 pound prospect was drafted 11th overall by the Sens last June. He's a long shot to make the team this year, but it sounds like he has a bright future ahead of him.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 17 - 11:33 AM

Matt O'Connor suffered a "minor" injury in Friday's rookie tournament game against Toronto.

O'Connor skated to the bench in discomfort after a Leafs rookie collided with him (there was a penalty on the play). Thankfully, the Senators believe the injury isn't serious. "Absolutely minor, minor (injury)," said Binghamton Senators coach Kurt Kleinendorst. "It’s just totally precautionary." O'Connor won't dress in Saturday's rookie game against Pittsburgh, but could dress for the following game on Sunday.
Sep 17 - 11:20 AM

Matt Bartkowski has taken the Ottawa Senators up on a professional tryout offer.

Bartkowski had six goals, 18 points, and 50 penalty minutes in 80 contests with the Vancouver Canucks last season. We could see him making the team as a third pairing or seventh defenseman.
Sep 16 - 6:15 PM

After missing almost the entire 2015-16 campaign, Clarke MacArthur feels he has something to prove this season.

MacArthur last played on Oct. 14 due to post-concussion syndrome. That condition is behind him, but after missing nearly a year, rust is a factor. "I feel I have some things to prove to myself this year," MacArthur said. "It’s a big challenge for me: Can I come back and still be the player I was before after missing a year? That’s what I want to prove to myself. I feel I can. I’ve got to get my confidence early. We’ve got a lot of guys on this team who do good things offensively so I feel I just need to slip back in there and just do my small part." MacArthur will certainly be getting a good opportunity to succeed this season as his projected linemates are Derick Brassard and Bobby Ryan.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 15 - 9:52 AM

It looks like Derick Brassard will get a chance to play alongside Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur.

"That’s probably the plan right now," Brassard said. "If I start with Bobby and Clarke, we can find some really good chemistry together. We have a little bit of everything on that line." Ottawa acquired Brassard from the New York Rangers in a deal that sent Mika Zibanejad the other way. In 2015-16, Brassard finished with 27 goals and 58 points in 80 contests.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 13 - 9:25 AM


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