With your Ottawa Senators 2011-2012 training camp winding down, the Sens trimmed down the number of players still vying for a NHL gig. Having made a number of cuts last week to mainly junior prospects, Ottawa today cut their training camp roster down by 20 players.
The eight junior players that were cut last week were Shane Prince (Ottawa 67′s, OHL), Jakub Culek (Rimouski, QMJHL), Stefan Noesen (Plymouth, OHL), Matt Puempel (Peterborough, OHL), Mark Stone and Jordan Fransoo (Brandon, WHL), Jean Gabriel Pageau (Gatineau, QMJHL) and Matei Machovskv who was on a amateur tryout.
Today, Ottawa sent 20 players packing who are all headed to the Binghamton Senators training camp. Sent down was defensemen Tim Conboy, Eric Gryba and Craig Schira. The forwards going down are Louie Caporusso, Pat Cannone, Corey Cowick, David Dziurzynski, Derek Grant, Wacey Hamilton, Francis Lessard, Corey Locke, Jim O’Brien, Mark Parrish and Andre Petersson.
Also heading to Bingo are free agent signings Brian Stewart, Josh Godfrey, Bobby Raymond, Jack Downing and Maxime Gratchev. Prospect enforcer Darren Kramer was also return to his junior club, the Spokane Chiefs.
Surviving the cuts were defensemen Mark Borowiecki, Jared Cowen, David Rundblad and Patrick Wiercioch. Stephane Da Costa, Kaspars Daugavins, Mike Hoffman and Mika Zibanejad are the lone forwards still trying to earn a spot up front in Ottawa. Goal tenders Robin Lehner and Mike McKenna are still in Ottawa as both Craig Anderson and Alex Alud are nursing injuries, but its expected that they’ll be in Binghamton soon.
The Senators’ training camp roster now has 31 players left with four goaltenders, ten defensemen and 17 forwards. With only one pre-season game left, expect most of these prospects to be sent down to Bingo. With Cowen and Rundblad battling for a spot on the blueline, Da Costa and Zibanejad are battling for the second line center position. They all will get one more chance on Thursday night to make a case to stay in Ottawa a little while longer.
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