Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sens call up Zubov

According to the Bingo website, Ottawa called up Ilya Zubov from Binghamton today.

I'm not sure where they plan him to play. It could be a precautionary move in case Jason Spezza is unable to play, but Spezz seems confident he'll be good to go. Maybe this is a sign he's not as good as he though.

If Spezza is healthy, I don't see John Paddock giving Zubov much of a chance. He might get more ice time than Brian McGrattan, though; even Alexander Nikulin (4:55) averages more ice time per game than Grats (2:33). If Zubov plays on the second line, it might help provide some offence, although he'll likely have to play on one of the wings.

Zubov is fourth on Binghamton in scoring, with 26 points in 41 games.

UPDATE (Jan. 16, 2008): After playing 14:38 in his first NHL game (more than Christoph Schubert, Randy Robitaille, Patrick Eaves, Chris Neil, Dean McAmmond, Luke Richardson, Shean Donovan, or Brian McGrattan average per game), Ilya Zubov was sent back to the Binghamton Senators. He finished the game against Washington even in +/- with three hits, one takeaway, no giveaways, and 2-for-5 on faceoffs. Pretty good first game.
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