Last season’s club was streaky at times throughout the course of the season winning seven games, back to losing seven, rinse and repeat, where the difference with this season’s squad is consistency on the blue line and in goal. With Dreidger providing some solid numbers to back him up, he might give Hammond a run for his money that will put added pressure on the 26 year old, but I think he’ll be able to handle it. Johnson joining the defense was a great signing and getting back Mullen and Grant makes the back end complete. Puempel, Robinson, Dzingel, Camper, McCormick, Schneider and JGP will take the lead on the offense that should put up some credible numbers.
I think this team will dominate early and finish strong in going deep in the playoffs. Not being a homer by any means and I’ve never been, I just don’t see them falling apart (barring massive injuries) and not being able to compete in repeating as division champs and get over the first round hump facing Wilkes/Barre-Scranton. Even though there’s been some transitional changes with player movement’s, the core for the most part still remains intact.
Let’s take that 2011 Championship team for a moment. They discovered a secret weapon midway through their run and that was Jarod Cowen, coming down after his season was finished in Spokane of the WHL playing in ten games before getting injured in game five of the AHL Finals. The timing was key and having an immediate impact for the club that was severely short handed on the blue line with injuries throughout the playoffs, as he immensely helped his teammate’s get over that hump and help carry the load for them to win a championship.
This season’s secret weapon possibility? Curtis Lazar.
The talented forward will be eligible to join Binghamton once his season is complete for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL. That is if for three reasons he is available, 1.) He doesn’t lead his squad to another long Memorial Cup Championship finish, or 2.) Binghamton is eliminated early, and lastly 3.) Lazar sticks to Ottawa’s roster out of training camp for the remaining 2014-’15 NHL campaign.
Sure it’s a long shot. As they say, one player doesn’t make a difference on a team … or does it?
Go Sens Go!
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