B-Sens preview 2010-11

Andy Veilleux, your newly-assigned B-sens reporter, here. Let’s jump right into the action.

The defense may not look exceptional at first glance, but there are a few names that stand out. Brian Lee and Derek Smith will look to continue their strong performance, and personal development, this season. Smith put up an incredible 51 points, but was an abysmal -25 on the year. Lee, if he doesn’t find himself in an Ottawa sweater, will be expected to be the top defensive-defenseman for the club. Geoff Kinrade put up a respectable 27 points, with a +27 rating. The B-Sens will look for him to continue contributing offensively, while being defensively responsible. Let’s not forget Jared Cowen. If he does not find himself with the senior club, which is becoming quite crowded, he will be expected to log major minutes for the club. His defensive presence will be counted on if the B-Sens are going to make some AHL noise. Cowen can also contribute modestly on offense, although we’ll have to see if they develops in the big leagues.

The B-Sens will no longer be led offensively by their stud centre Martin St.Pierre, who left to play in Russia. Their number two offensive player, Josh Hennesy also boated his way out of the country, signing to play in Switzerland. The indestructible Denis Hamel will also add his offensive support to the line-up. When you can take a Phaneuf body check head on, and get up to tell the tale, only a few words suffice, and ‘indestructible’ seemed to be the only printable one (mashing one’s face on a keyboard to invent new, epic words is generally frowned upon). It’s tough to speculate who will be palying on the B-Sens team this season, as there are a few roster spots up for grabs from some of the Sens’ budding prospects. Bobby Butler may not make the Sens’ big team, and would be a great contributor in the AHL I imagine.

Between the pipes, the B-Sens are in great hands. Although Mike [the other] Brodeur’s numbers for the B-Sens weren’t all that impressive, his big-team numbers were amazing. B-Sens fans, and we’re quite a savage and inspired bunch, will hope to see him carry that momentum forward. Supporting him will be Ottawa King Henrik of the future (not Gustavsson, who is more of a queen if anything ;P), Robin Lehner. Lehner put up great numbers in the OHL with a .918 save percentage, 27-13-3 record, and 5 shutouts. He played two games with the B-Sens, with expected rookie numbers. This tandem could easily be mistaken for Montreal’s current goalie line-up (Hello Alex Auld and Karri Ramo?) Their only signed goalies presently.

Well, considering we finally get the chance to see a few televised AHL games up here in Canada, I’m excited to watch some of the next-gen Sens develop. Also, considering Prax’s constant rebuttal to my hilarious Habs jokes “GeorgePrax @andyveilleux I've booked you a flight to Birmingham. Have fun.about 3 hours ago via web in reply to andyveilleux” I figured I may as well write a blog about ‘em. ;)