Scouting The 2014-’15 Binghamton Senators: Defense

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This is the first of four installments in this week’s long series as we welcome back another season of hockey at the newly refurbished and rebranded Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in downtown Binghamton in the Scouting The 2014-’15 Binghamton Senators series by dissecting the B-Sens for the upcoming season.

First up is covering the revamped defense which takes a turn leaning towards veterans unlike last season, with a second article looking into the offense and whether they can live up to last season’s expectations, the third checking out the newly formed goaltending dual of Andrew Hammond and rookie Chris Dreidger, followed lastly by taking a peek at the coaching staff led by Ottawa native Luke Richardson in his third year at the helm.

Experience is going to be one of the key components going forward for the Senators with the recent addition of Aaron Johnson and the re-signing’s of both Alex Grant and Patrick Mullen to start.

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Adding to those three are two players entering their third season in Fredrik Claesson and Chris Wideman, along with tough guy Mike Sdao engaging in his second campaign with Troy Rutkowski serving as back up and the blue line is noticeably stronger and improved that without a doubt had Richardson’s signature on it in some way, shape or form.

Three players I have omitted though. Mark Borowiecki will most likely not return to fill his Captain role and will start in Ottawa as the organization will not risk him going through the waiver process, plus his new contract. Cody Ceci is, however, eligible to start the season in Binghamton if needed to make room for those seven one way contracts the big club has, but I have my doubts that’ll happen. Also, prospect Mikael Wikstrand will be playing in Frolunda (SEL).

– Senators’ training camp invitees but not signed: Guillaume Lepine and Daniel New.

(There are eight players selected that are ‘On the Radar‘ ready for the Ottawa Senators in any call-up situation. Future articles will provide follow-ups for the leading player in keeping pace of their progress throughout the season.)

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*Graphic Art by Matt Trayling. Cover & Insert’s Courtesy of Alicia Strauch.