Sens' Cowen to face Habs

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

Jared Cowen was speculating when he might get into a Senators pre-season game.

Little did he know it would be Friday.

The club’s top pick in 2008 (ninth overall) will make his debut against the Canadiens in Montreal.

“Playing any game right now would be exciting for me but playing in the NHL would be very exciting. It’s been a long time coming now, so I can’t wait for that, for sure,” said the 18-year-old native of Saskatoon. It will be quite a return to action for the 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect, who hasn’t played since suffering a severe knee injury in Februrary.

“It’s definitely faster (here). It’s hard enough for any new guy coming in, but I think it’s even harder when you’re coming back from an injury like (mine). It’s kind of doubled how much of an impact it’s had on me so far.”

No Kovalev

Fans in Montreal will have to wait to see the return of Alexei Kovalev.

He won’t dress for the Senators tonight when they visit the Bell Centre for their third game of the pre-seaon.

- Goaltenders: Pascal Leclaire, Robin Lehner.

- Defence: Chris Campoli, Matt Carkner, Alexandre Picard, Jared Cowen, Brian Lee, Geoff Kinrade.

- Centres: Jason Spezza, Peter Regin, Zack Smith, Cody Bass.

- Right Wing: Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil, Jesse Winchester, Jeremy Yablonski.

- Left Wing: Milan Michalek, Ilya Zubov, Chris Kelly, Christoph Schubert.

The Bingo Senators’ training camp opened yesterday at Binghamton’s Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.) Assigned were defencemen Drew Bannister and Tomas Kudelka; forwards Erik Condra, Denis Hamel and O’Brien, and goaltender Chris Holt.

The NHL Senators now have 40 players left in camp: five goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 25 forwards.


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