Monday, September 10, 2007

Rookie Profiles Pt IV

#66 - Pierre-Luc Lessard
Defense - 6', 198 - Jan 16, 1988 - Thetford Mines, PQ

Drafted in the fourth round in 2006 (121st overall), the 19-year old two-way defenseman had his best season yet in 2006-07, after being traded from the Gatineau Olympiques to the PEI Rocket of the QMJHL. In addition to recording career highs in games played, goals and points, he developed tremendously thanks to the key role he played for the Rocket. Lessard has strong offensive skills, being a creative playmaker who can shoot as well. However, he is also solid in his own end, with good decision-making skills and strong positional play, which offsets his lack of intense physicality in shutting down the opposition. Lessard still has a while to go before he is qualified for the NHL, however his development so far has been positive, and, if he commits himself to developing physically as well as he has skill-wise, Lessard could well see himself in an NHL uniform in the future.
Projection: Lessard will very likely return to the Rocket for a final season, and is unlikely to receive an entry-level contract with the Senators this year. Unless he were to astound if invited to the Senators full-training camp (which is unlikely in and of itself), there is simply no room for Lessard in Binghamton and he would likely be sent back to the Q anyways. He will probably be offered a contract for 07-08 if his development continues to progress, however.

2006-07 Prince Edward Island QMJHL 70 12 22 34 77
7 0 2 2 0

#70 - Andrew Marshall
Defense - 5'9", 205 - Aug 7, 1986 - Niagara Falls, ON

21-year old Marshall joins the Senators camp as an undrafted amateur. Marshall played for the Barrie Colts of the OHL in 2006-07, his fourth season with the team. While he served as alternate captain, he did not have as strong a season offensively as he did in 05-06, but still marked a solid 50 points. Marshall is committed to the University of New Brunswick in 2007. Marshall is far too small to play defense effectively at the NHL-level, even if he seep