After an off-season where Daugavins explored his options in Europe, Bryan Murray brought him back in near the last minute on a 2-way contract for 1 year. Unsure where he would fit in on the Senators, if at all, in the 2011-12 season.
After starting the season in Binghamton and finally getting the call, Daugavins scored the winner in his 4th game, but was promptly returned to Binghamton. Less than a week later he was called back to Ottawa, this time for good. He completed his first full season in the NHL and proved himself to be a contributor capable of playing a role in the NHL.
For a player who wasn’t expected to make the team, he spent a lot of time in the NHL, and didn’t really have many lows in his first full year. He probably would have liked more of an offensive opportunity, but at this level that probably will never be his role.
Playing in 65 NHL games, Daugavins notched 6 goals and added 5 assists, playing just over 11 minutes per game.
Daugavins is a seemingly great dressing room guy and likes to keep things light. His first full season in the NHL had to be deemed a success, and as a RFA will be looking to secure a one way deal in Ottawa for next season and beyond. My grade for Kaspars Daugavins in the 2011-12 season: