Found February 08, 2013 on
It's early in the season (and some teams are almost a quarter of the way through the season) and I have yet to pick a top defenceman so far this season. This is because there has yet to be a clear front runner. Today I make my first pick of Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators. He was last season's Norris Trophy winner and is picking up where he left off.
He is the top goal scorer among defencemen with five. His nine points are among the top in the league. His defensive play is still improving. He is playing almost 28 minutes a game and in tough defensive situations. He has posted a +6 +/- rating in this situation.
There are several other defencemen off to fast starts including Tobias Enstrom, Kris Letang, Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Likely many of these players will fall by the wayside as the season continues. Karlsson has the ability that he could remain on top at the end of the season. Since he has a lead at this early point in the year, he just...
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Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza said having back surgery for a herniated disk was the only way he was going to feel better.
''It was really bad,'' he said. ''It got to the point where there was no way I was going to be able to play, so it makes it frustrating.
''But there wasn't really an option once we got down to it.''
Via the Sens release:
"The Ottawa Senators today re-assigned defenceman Mark Borowiecki to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators."
While I thought Boro had played solid in his short stint (and I loved that hit on Malkin), among the Bingo D call-ups he was averaging the least TOI per game (12:59). With Lundin returning it was only...
With the clock winding down and and the visiting Buffalo Sabres pressing with an extra attacker, Jakob Silfverberg was one of the players Paul MacLean called upon to preserve Ottawa’s one goal lead.
As Buffalo worked the puck back to the point and fired, Silfverberg was struck on his left hand. Although he eventually got back up, picked up his stick and finished his shift,...