The Ottawa Senators have recalled forward Mark Stone from Binghamton on an emergency basis, the team announced on Tuesday.
With captain Jason Spezza having missed the last two games due to a lower body injury and the status of forward Chris Neil unclear after leaving Monday night's game vs. Washington due to a lower body injury of his own, the Senators were short a forward on the active roster. This is the second time the team has been forced to use an emergency recall after Cody Ceci joined the team on December 12.
From the official release...
Stone, 21, has recorded nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 19 AHL games with the B-Sens this season. He missed 10 games after being injured during the team’s season-opener on Oct. 5 against Syracuse.
The 6-2, 203-pound forward played in four regular-season games with the Senators last season, while being held scoreless. He also appeared in two NHL post-season contests (one in 2011-12 and one in 2012-13) and registered an assist in his professional debut on April 21, 2012, in a 2-0 Ottawa Game 5 victory over the New York Rangers.
The Senators will practice today and return to game action on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.
Here's what Mark had to say about his recall...
On excitement over the call-up:
Yeah, I was. I was getting ready to go to bed last night and getting ready for a game in Binghamton and got the call so I was pretty excited.
On the opportunity:
That's what it is, it's an opportunity, I'm up here so I'm looking to stick up here. That has been my goal since I got drafted is to play in the National Hockey League so I'm here and hopefully I can make a good impression.
On using Ceci as an example for recall success:
He has played well, we knew what kind of a defenceman he was when he was in Binghamton. He was our best player pretty much every night. For him to come up and play so well is pretty impressive so hopefully I can kind of go off his success.
On the expectations for him:
I just got here so I got in time for practice, I haven't really talked to anybody too much about anything yet…I left this morning, I grabbed my morning and quickly got up here.
On getting practice time in:
I think for sure it's nice to get a couple of skates under you belt. Especially at this level even the practices are quicker. It's nice to get up a little bit early, especially before the first game.
On if he still has nerves despite NHL experience:
I think so, I don't feel it now but in the next couple of days I'll get excited leading up towards the games. It's still early in my career so I think I'm still going to feel quite a bit of nerves about every game.
On playing Winnipeg Thursday:
I saw that, it was pretty neat. I obviously didn't really grow up with the Jets but now that they're back it's pretty neat to have them in Winnipeg.
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