Shannon gets a chance

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:15 PM ET

Ryan Shannon will make his Ottawa Senators debut tonight as the right winger on a line with Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.

Shannon, a 25-year-old obtained by the organization from Vancouver in the summer for defenceman Lawrence Nycholat, had five goals and nine assists in 12 games with Binghamton when he was recalled Wednesday to replace the suspended Jarkko Ruutu.

Shannon arrives with high praise from Senators assistant GM Tim Murray and director of hockey operations Brent Flahr.

"From the reports I've heard, he's the best all-round player down there," coach Craig Hartsburg said this morning at Scotiabank Place. "He brings a lot of speed, he's very smart and he's a competitive player they think will fit good with Spezza and Heatley.

"If you call up a good player who plays (a top line role), we've got to put him in a position here that's similar to see if he can have the same contributions at this level."

Shannon, a 5-foot-9, 178-pounder, has played a total of 80 NHL regular season games for Anaheim and Vancouver. He has scored seven goals and 17 assists.

In 11 playoff games, he's been pointless.

"Down in the minors, every day, you try to get better and get up here," said Shannon. "The mindset is always the same ... play well, work hard and hopefully get rewarded. I'm real fortunate that it happened and hopefully I can do something with the opportunity."


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