ELMIRA, N.Y. - As the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils, and the AHL's Binghamton Senators and Albany Devils, the Jackals are tasked with developing prospects throughout the organizations. The Road To The Show presented by Liberty Travel provides details on how those prospects are progressing.
Ottawa Senators (NHL) – Despite continuing their .500 play the Senators have a reason for optimism. 19-year-old defenseman Cody Ceci scored the overtime winner on Monday against the St. Louis Blues. That was the Ottawa native’s first NHL goal and point, which came in his third game since Ottawa recalled him from Binghamton. Ceci was the 15th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and started this season with Binghamton after a prolific junior career with Ottawa and Owen Sound in the OHL. He continues to lead all Binghamton defensemen with 17 points. Fellow Ottawa native Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his second goal of the season in Monday’s win. Pageau started the season with Ottawa but was sent down to Binghamton where he averaged over a point per game. Pageau’s goal came in his third game back up with the Sens. Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson continue their stellar play as they combined for three points in Monday’s game. Ryan leads the team with 16 goals and is tied with Karlsson for the team lead with 32 points. Karlsson leads the team with 23 assists. Robin Lehner earned his fifth win of the season with 30 saves on Monday. He also played over 55 minutes in relief for Craig Anderson who was pulled less than five minutes into Saturday’s game against Los Angeles after he allowed two goals on four shots. Ottawa remains sixth in the Atlantic Division with a 14-16-6 record.
Binghamton Senators (AHL) – As cold weather sweeps over New York Binghamton continues to feel the chill. The Senators are in the midst of their coldest stretch of the season. They have yet to win a game in December and their winless drought stands at seven games. They have gained three total points in the seven-game stretch due to the games going into overtime and eventual shootouts. Binghamton has seen its position in the Eastern Conference drop to seventh with a record of 14-9-3. Leading scorer Mike Hoffman was returned to the team last Tuesday from Ottawa after a weeklong stint in the NHL. Hoffman scored his team-leading 12th goal in his first game back. He has 27 points in 24 games with the Senators. The loss of Ceci and Pageau prompted Binghamton to recall Danny New from loan to Elmira. New scored in his first game with the Senators on Saturday in Hershey. He was loaned back to Elmira on Sunday, only to be recalled again by Binghamton on Monday. Buddy Robinson was reassigned by Ottawa to Elmira on Saturday and played in one game with the Jackals before Ottawa reassigned him back to Binghamton on Monday. Binghamton has also seen three goalies come and go over the past week. Scott Marean, Rob Madore and Russ Stein were added at different times to back up rookie Andrew Hammond. Stein is currently filling an emergency backup role with Elmira.
New Jersey Devils (NHL) – In the battle of Elmira’s affiliates last night the Devils defeated Ottawa 5-2. Jaromir Jagr scored his 693rd career goal, which moved him into sole possession of eighth place on the NHL all-time goals list. He was previously tied with Steve Yzerman. Jagr also earned the game-winning goal so now he is the sole leader all-time in that category with 122. Now moving from a guy with 693 career goals to a guy with one. Reid Boucher scored his first career NHL goal last night in the first period. The former Sarnia Sting sniper has three points in seven games since New Jersey recalled him from Albany. There may be good news coming on the injury front as well. Ryane Clowe has been practicing fully and joining in contact drills. He is getting close to returning, which would be a boost to a Devils team that has been ravaged by injures this year. Clowe has only played in six games. Stephen Gionta was activated from the injured reserve and played last night. He scored a shorthanded goal in the first period. Clowe, Ryan Carter, Adam Larsson, Bryce Salvador and Peter Harrold are on the injured reserve list still but some are inching closer to returning. Mattias Tedenby was recalled by New Jersey on Monday following a conditioning stint with Albany. The Devils’ win last night moves them within a game of .500 with a record of 14-15-6. They currently sit sixth in the Metropolitan Division.
Albany Devils (AHL) – The Albany Devils are red-hot. The Devils have won 11 of their last 13 games dating back to Nov. 11. One of their two losses came in overtime so they gained a point in that contest as well. Albany’s current eight-game point streak has improved its record to 17-7-2 and solidified its fourth-place spot in the Eastern Conference. Since Artem Demkov was loaned by Elmira to Albany he has seen nothing but success. He signed a professional tryout and after just a few games Albany decided to ink him to a standard player contract. Demkov has three goals and five points in five games with the Devils. Because of the standard player contract Demkov can only play for Albany or Elmira this season. Demkov’s scoring touch will be needed after New Jersey reassigned Stefan Matteau to the United States World Junior Championship camp. Demkov’s fellow countryman Raman Hrabarenka has been on fire since he was placed in a larger role on the Devils’ blueline. He has a current seven-game point streak and has three goals and six assists during the streak. Hrabarenka leads the Devils’ defensemen with 12 points and he has only played in 15 games. Riley Boychuk added an assist and was plus-2 in Albany’s win this past Saturday.