The Senators reached down to Binghamton today.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau was brought up along with defenceman Cody Ceci.
Both will play against the Buffalo Sabres. This will be Ceci’s NHL debut because Marc Methot is sick and Jared Cowen is suspended. Good for him. By all accounts, Ceci has played well in Binghamton and deserves the chance.
“Ceci has played very well over the course of time here,” said Ottawa GM Bryan Murray. “We just felt with Marc being sick here that it was an opportunity for Cody to get a game here and for us to have a look at him at the NHL.
“This will give him a little exposure and that’s good thing.”
Mike Hoffman was sent back to Binghamton Wednesday. You have to think this is it for him. He’s probably finished in the organization and won’t be called up unless there are major injuries.
Pageau was brought up because the club needs depth at centre and Murray wants coach Paul MacLean to start giving Mika Zibanejad more of a chance by playing him on the wing.
“I feel looking at Zibanejad, I personally, would like him to be on the wing on one of our top two lines,” said Murray. “He’s earned that right at this moment. When he plays there with (Jason) Spezza or (Kyle) Turris, it seems he can produce.”
Oddly enough Zibanejad is on the wing of Spezza’s line tonight against the Sabres. MacLean has been using him in a support role. Clearly management wants to see more than that.