Ramblings: Updates on Murray, Couture, and Lehner; Sanderson Signs; Necas Catching Fire – March 29

Michael Clifford

2022-03-29

The Ottawa Senators are an interesting team here down the stretch. They just got Drake Batherson back over the weekend, but Thomas Chabot looks to be out for the balance of the season. They may be getting some rookie reinforcements – more on that in a minute – but still have a bevy of depth veterans both up front and on the blue line.

To add to the intrigue, a bit of an update on Matt Murray:

Murray hasn't played in over three weeks since allowing eight goals against Arizona, the game where he seemed to get injured but kept playing. He was actually having a pretty good season until March, as he had a .920 save percentage in his first 18 games (he missed all of December). His last two games saw him allow 13 goals on 53 shots, which makes me wonder if it didn't all start a bit earlier than that Arizona game.

Regardless, it does appear Murray could make his way back to game action this season. There is still over four weeks left so lots of time to get re-acclimated, as long as it's nothing serious.

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Jake Sanderson signed his entry-level deal yesterday with Ottawa and the prospect blue liner is set to turn pro. The confounding issue here is that he suffered a hand injury a few weeks ago and had surgery on it. He won't be able to step into the lineup right away, but the team is still expecting him to suit up before the end of the campaign.

Let's talk about Sanderson a little bit.

To start with, his Dobber Prospects profile can be found here. Going into the 2021-22 season, there were some concerns about point totals but those can sometimes be misleading for defencemen. He replied with 26 points in 23 games at the University of North Dakota, not bad a for a 19-year-old. Our prospect writers were, and still are, very high on him.

Scott Wheeler over at The Athletic talked about some prospects he felt he was wrong about, and one of them was Sanderson. I'm paraphrasing here, but his issue was that he came in too low on Sanderson's offensive tools, namely his shot, and that he has developed those quickly. That is very important for the fantasy realm, but we need to remember that Chabot will be arou