Matt Puempel could give Senators a sniper with edge

Senators 2011 first round draft pick Matt Puempel skates during rookie camp at the Sensplex in...

Senators 2011 first round draft pick Matt Puempel skates during rookie camp at the Sensplex in Ottawa on Sept. 4, 2013. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The "hard" forward sought by Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray might very well be right under his nose.

Is it a stretch to think Matt Puempel could make the jump from Binghamton to Ottawa next season as a 21-year-old? A few months ago, the answer to that would have been yes. But the 24th pick in the 2011 entry draft turned a corner after his first Christmas as a pro, and now there's a belief that, with a strong playoff and solid summer under his belt, Puempel will "challenge" for a job in Ottawa at next September's camp.

Is it a stretch to call Puempel a "hard" player? Apparently not. Along with scoring 30 goals that gave him a share of the team lead, the 6-foot, 196 pounder had 94 penalty minutes, which included eight fights.

Is it a stretch to call Puempel a "hard" player? Apparently not. Along with scoring 30 goals that gave him a share of the team lead, the 6-foot, 196 pounder had 94 penalty minutes, which included eight fights.


Videos

Photos