– The Ottawa Senators today recalled defenceman Brian Lee and forward Zack Smith
from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.
Lee, 21, started the 2008-09 NHL season in Ottawa, playing in the first five games. He recorded one assist and a +1 rating while averaging 13:03 minutes of ice time per game. In 16 AHL games since being assigned to Binghamton on Oct. 22, Lee has one goal, five assists, 18 penalty minutes and an even rating.
The Fargo, N.D., native played 55 games with Binghamton last season, recording three goals, 22 assists and 51 penalty minutes. Lee finished the season dressing in Ottawa’s last six regular-season games and playing in all four playoff meetings against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Lee was Ottawa’s first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2005 NHL entry draft.
Smith, 20, has scored a team-leading nine goals, while adding seven assists and 32 penalty minutes in 21 games with the B-Sens. His 16 points leave him tied for sixth in AHL rookie scoring, while his nine goals are tied for third most among first-year players.
The Medicine Hat, Alta., native played four years with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos, scoring 41 goals, 68 assists and adding 344 penalty minutes in 221 regular season games.
At the completion of the 2007-08 WHL season, Smith signed an amateur tryout contract with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose on April 15. He made his professional debut on April 18, recording an assist in Manitoba’s playoff game against Syracuse. Smith played in six playoff games with the Moose, recording one assist and no penalty minutes.
Smith was Ottawa’s third-round pick (79th overall) in the 2008 NHL entry draft.
The Binghamton Senators (9-8-2-2) see action twice this weekend against the Hamilton Bulldogs. They play host to the Bulldogs on Saturday, Nov. 29, and then travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate at the Bell Centre on Sunday, Nov. 30.