OTTAWA - The Senators have announced the 23 players who will attend the preseason rookie camp.
The players will take part in the camp and four-team round-robin rookie tournament from Sept. 10 to 13 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa. Joining the Senators prospects are squads from the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and host Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Senators rookies will be led by Kurt Kleinendorst, head coach of the Calder Cup-winning Binghamton Senators and assistant Steve Stirling. The squad is comprised of two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 14 forwards.
Eight of the invited players saw American Hockey League action last season, while forward Stephane Da Costa, defenceman Patrick Wiercioch and goaltender Robin Lehner played their first NHL games with the Senators during the 2010-11 campaign. Also on the roster are five first-round NHL draft picks - Jared Cowen (ninth, 2009), David Rundblad (17th, 2009), Mika Zibanejad (sixth, 2011), Stefan Noesen (21st, 2011) and Matt Puempel (24th, 2011).
The players are tentatively scheduled to begin this year's camp with an open practice at the Bell Sensplex on Friday, Sept. 9, at 9:30 a.m. before leaving for the tournament. The roster is:
Robin Lehner (Binghamton - AHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Matej Machovsky (Guelph - OHL, Brampton - OHL)
Mark Borowiecki (Clarkson - ECAC, Binghamton - AHL)
Jared Cowen (Spokane - WHL, Binghamton - AHL)
Eric Gryba (Binghamton - AHL)
Jordan Fransoo (Brandon - WHL)
Josh Godfrey (South Carolina - ECHL, Hershey - AHL, Chicago - AHL)
David Rundblad (Skelleftea - SEL)
Patrick Wiercioch (Binghamton - AHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Louie Caporusso (Michigan - CCHA)
Corey Cowick (Elmira - ECHL, Binghamton - AHL)
Jakub Culek (Rimouski - QMJHL)
Stephane Da Costa (Merrimack College - Hockey East, Ottawa - NHL)
Derek Grant (Michigan State - CCHA, Binghamton - AHL)
Wacey Hamilton (Medicine Hat - WHL)
Darren Kramer (Spokane - WHL)
Stefan Noesen (Plymouth - OHL)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Gatineau - QMJHL)
Andre Petersson (HV 71 - SEL)
Shane Prince (Ottawa - OHL)
Matt Puempel (Ottawa - OHL)
Mark Stone (Brandon - WHL)
Mika Zibanejad (Djurgardens - SEL)
2011 rookie tournament schedule at Oshawa's General Motors Centre
Saturday, Sept. 10: Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa, 2 p.m.; Chicago vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11: Ottawa vs. Chicago, 2 p.m.; Toronto vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 13: Chicago vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.; Toronto vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.