PROSPECT WATCH AN EARLY-SEA­SON RE­PORT ON 10 MORE PLAY­ERS IN THE PIPE­LINE

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - — Com­piled by Ken War­ren, The Ot­tawa Cit­i­zen

MIKA ZIBANE­JAD

Age: 18 Po­si­tion: Cen­tre

Cur­rent team: Djur­gar­dens, Swedish Elite League Stats: 5 GP 1G 0A 1 Pts.

Drafted: First round, sixth over­all,

2011

Scout­ing re­port: Af­ter a great train­ing camp with Sen­a­tors, he strug­gled with con­fi­dence of­fen­sively in a nine-game reg­u­lar sea­son trial and is read­just­ing to life in Swe­den’s top pro league. Should earn a spot with Sen­a­tors next sea­son.

JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU

Age: 19 Po­si­tion: Cen­tre

Cur­rent team: Gatineau, Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League Stats: 17 GP 18 G 13 A 31 Pts.

Drafted: Fourth round, 96th over­all, 2011

Scout­ing re­port: Size will al­ways be an is­sue for Pageau — he’s 5-9, 170 pounds — but Tim Murray says Pageau should find a way to the NHL be­cause of his “su­pe­rior hockey sense.” He suf­fered a bro­ken finger last Tues­day and could miss a month of ac­tion, mak­ing him a ques­tion mark for Canada’s world ju­nior team. That’s too bad be­cause he was off to a ter­rific start.

SHANE PRINCE Age: 19 Po­si­tion: Left wing

Cur­rent team: Ot­tawa, On­tario Hockey League

Stats: 15 GP 9 G 15 A 24 Pts. Drafted: Sec­ond round, 61st over­all, 2011

Scout­ing re­port: Af­ter an earl­y­sea­son shoul­der in­jury, Prince has re­bounded im­pres­sively, earn­ing OHL player of the week hon­ours. The Sen­a­tors like his “of­fen­sive in­stincts,” and the Amer­i­can-born winger is a vir­tual lock for the U.S. world ju­nior team next month.

JAKOB SIL­FVER­BERG

Age: 21 Po­si­tion: Left wing

Cur­rent team: Bry­nas, Swedish Elite League Stats: 19 GP 7 G 7 A 14 Pts.

Drafted: Sec­ond round, 39th over­all, 2009

Scout­ing re­port: The Sen­a­tors would have pre­ferred he played in AHL this sea­son, but Sil­fver­berg leads Bry­nas in scor­ing and should bat­tle for an NHL ros­ter spot next sea­son. MATT PUEM­PEL Age: 18 Po­si­tion: Left wing Cur­rent team: Peter­bor­ough, On­tario Hockey League Stats: 22 GP 14 G 11 A 25 Pts. Drafted: First round, 24th over­all,

2011

Scout­ing re­port: He’s a nat­u­ral goal scorer, but Sen­a­tors as­sis­tant GM Tim Murray sug­gests Puem­pel has only “scratched the sur­face” of his tal­ent and has shown a com­mit­ment to get stronger.

JAKUB CULEK

Age: 19 Po­si­tion: Left wing

Cur­rent team: Ri­mouski, Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League Stats: 21 GP 4 G 9 A 13 Pts.

Drafted: Third round, 76th over­all,

2010

Scout­ing re­port: Ri­mouski and the Sen­a­tors are still wait­ing for the lanky for­ward (6-3, 188 pounds) to grow into his body and pro­duce more of­fen­sively. Time is run­ning out. STE­FAN NOE­SEN Age: 18 Po­si­tion: Right wing Cur­rent team: Ply­mouth, On­tario Hockey League Stats: 18 GP 5 G 16 A 21 Pts. Drafted: First round, 21st over­all,

2011

Scout­ing re­port: Like Prince, Noe­sen had a shoul­der in­jury early in sea­son, but he has started to put up good numbers in the past few weeks. He plays with an edge and could join Prince on the U.S. world ju­nior squad.

RYAN DZIN­GEL Age: 19 Po­si­tion: Cen­tre

Cur­rent team: Ohio State, NCAA Divi­sion 1 Stats: 11 GP 3 G 6 A 9 pts.

Drafted: Sev­enth round, 204th over­all, 2011

Scout­ing re­port: This big-time scorer in U.S. ju­nior hockey is off to a de­cent start in univer­sity hockey, but is at least a few years away from leav­ing school to pur­sue a pro ca­reer.

AN­DRE PETERS­SON Age: 21 Po­si­tion: Right wing Cur­rent team: Bing­ham­ton, Amer­i­can Hockey League Stats: 15 GP 3 G 3 A 6 Pts. Drafted: Fourth round, 109th over­all, 2008

Scout­ing re­port: Small­ish winger at 5-9, 179 pounds, he is try­ing to ad­just to tight check­ing in the smaller rinks of the Amer­i­can Hockey League. He also needs to stay healthy af­ter miss­ing much of last sea­son with shoul­der prob­lems.

DAR­REN KRAMER

Age: 20 Po­si­tion: Left wing

Cur­rent team: Spokane, Western Hockey League Stats: 15 GP 9 G 6 A 15 Pts.

Drafted: Sixth round, 156th over­all, 2011

Scout­ing re­port: A WHL tough guy (306 penalty min­utes in 201011), he has dis­cov­ered a scor­ing touch early in the 2011-12 sea­son as cap­tain in Spokane. That fol­lows a strong play­off per­for­mance last spring.

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