Andre Petersson went through a rocky season last year in Binghamton.
After a slow start, and some off ice distractions, Petersson was able to put together an impressive rookie season in Bingo, racking up 44 points in 60 games and even earned a one game call up with the big club.
With a number of players approaching and some cases ready to pass him on the organization’s depth chart, Petersson needs to have a big camp this fall if he’s going to grab a spot with the Senators. If not, he’ll be counted on to provide some veteran leadership on what will certainly be a young Binghamton team under first year head coach, Luke Richardson.
There have been rumours swirling that suggest Petersson may be considering a return to Sweden next year but that is all speculation for now.
Petersson was a fourth round selection for the Senators back in 2008 and has developed into a legitimate prospect. There is no denying Petersson’s talent level. He has an NHL skill set and is pretty close to a level where he can play in the NHL every day.
During the chalk talk session I attended with BSens associate coach, Steve Stirling, he talked about Petersson on a couple of occasions and specifically mentioned some of the difficulties he had “adjusting” to the North American game and life in Binghamton.
What happens with Andre Petersson will be something to watch closely this off season and moving forward.
- Sens forward Kaspars Daugavins is scheduled to go to arbitration on July 24, 2012. I would be surprised to see a resolution between the two sides before that date.
- News of the Chris Neil extension broke earlier this week but today the Ottawa Senators made it official, signing Neil to a three year contract extension. Neil is entering the final season of his current deal.